Tyson Fury looks set for a credible test on Saturday night as Belarussian bruiser Alexander Ustinov has stepped in to take Dereck Chisora’s place at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
Fury, 25, was left in limbo for the third time in a year when ‘Del Boy’ pulled out of this weekend’s clash with a fractured hand, and the unbeaten heavyweight then sent out word for a late substitute.
Big-punching Ustinov has answered the call, as Peter Fury informed WBN overnight, and now the Russian-born 37 year-old will look to build on his impressive win over former world title challenger David Tua in November.
The 6ft 7in veteran ended the Tua’s career by scoring a one-sided victory in New Zealand, but has been off the radar since and the Fury challenge gives him a chance to capitalize on Chisora’s misfortune.
One man keeping a close eye of developments is former Olympic and European champion Audley Harrison, who hopes to step in and face Chisora when fit, possibly in September – if Fury fails to take care of veteran Ustinov.
“We all know Fury is an accident waiting to happen, so if they fight Ustinov, I’ll get ready to fight ‘Del Boy’ in September as he might slip up,” said Harrison.
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