According to reports in Russia, heavyweight Alexander Ustinov will travel to Manchester, England on July 11 to face Dereck Chisora on the Terry Flanagan v Jose Zepeda world title undercard.
Ustinov was previously due to meet Tyson Fury last year until the tragic death of Fury’s uncle and the 38 year-old will now make another trip in a bid to put what could be a final nail in Chisora’s career.
‘Del Boy’ has lost five times at the top level since 2011 and last time out was humbled by Fury in ten rounds. Standing at just over 6ft tall, the 31 year-old looks increasingly unlikely to be able to compete with the larger men in the division as the best around keep getting bigger and bigger.
Opponent Ustinov stands almost half a foot taller than Chisora and has lost just once in 31 bouts.
On July 25, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez is set to fight outside of Germany for the first time in his career when the Cuban puts his belt on the line against mandatory challenger Victor Ramirez.
Hernandez had been linked to a higher-profile contest with Tony Bellew, although the Liverpudlian is set to warm-up following a long layoff and could be ready to meet the winner by the year’s end.
A win over Ola Afolabi recently earned 31 year-old Ramirez his shot and the current interim title holder gains home advantage in his native Argentina.
Finally, IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey makes the first defense of his belt over ten months after defeating Miguel Vazquez when he faces talented Russian Denis Shafikov on July 18 in Macao, China.
Bey v Shafikov tops a bill that also includes Nonito Donaire v Anthony Settoul and Brian Viloria against an opponent yet to be named.