Massive Russian heavyweight Alexander Ustinov has signed a contract with top promoters Frank Warren and Vlad Hrunov to handle his future career, WBN learned this week.
The 38 year-old, who has lost just once to Kubrat Pulev in 31 professional contests, has now been added to this weekend’s WBO lightweight title bout between undefeated contenders Terry Flanagan and Jose Zepeda in Manchester, England.
Belarus-based Ustinov was lined up to face world title challenger Tyson Fury a year ago until the latter’s uncle was taken gravely ill and has been somewhat inactive with just three fights in the last three years.
Last time out, Ustinov defeated Chauncy Welliver over eight rounds in Moscow for his 30th win and prior to that recorded a standout victory over David Tua which has seemingly put the 6ft 7ins brute in the frame for a shot at a recognised belt.
That failed to ultimately materialize and the ex-IBO regional title holder will be aiming to hit the ground running in the UK on Saturday when Ustinov goes up against American Travis Walker in a ten rounder.
‘Freight Train’ Walker, 36, hasn’t won a fight since a 2012 win over Kali Meehan and has thirteen reverses on a professional record that stretches back to 2004.