WBA seek Ustinov answers as Ortiz deadline looms

Juan Arias 03/02/2016
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Alexander Ustinov has under twenty-four hours to meet a deadline set out by the WBA for the big Russian to take part in the recently announced heavyweight tournament.

The 39 year-old has failed to confirm his participation in the eight-man competition to crown on sole champion and the WBA have now made public the key issues for Ustinov moving forward.

“The World Boxing Association (WBA) released earlier this year a resolution which ordered a series of matches to debug the heavyweight division and thus have a single Champion.

One of the confrontations agreed was between the Cuban Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21ko) (interim champion) and Russian Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24KO). However, the European puncher has not been located so far.

The situation is the following:

1. They issued a resolution for the Ortiz-Ustinov be to agreed no later than 4 February 2016.
2. In addition, the Russian Boxing Federation sent a statement saying Vlad Hrunov is not licensed in promoter and manager functions with Ustinov.
3. Consequently, Alexandr Ustinov could not be located.
4. No decision will be made in favor of either party until the WBA have located Ustinov to exercise his right.

Ex-world title holder Shannon Briggs is the next in line at number four in the rankings, meaning ‘The Cannon’ could well be called up as a replacement for Ustinov should he fail to meet the requirements set out.