David Tua opponent goes for World Heavyweight title
The person who ended David Tua's Career, Alexander Ustinov will be fighting for the vacant WBA "regular" World Heavyweight Title.
This Saturday (or Sunday morning New Zealand Time) Ustinov will take on Manuel Charr for the vacant WBA World heavyweight title in Germany. This will be Ustinov first world title shot and at the age of 40.
In Ustinov 12 year boxing career he has had 35 fights (34-1-0) with only losing once against Kubrat Pulev. Ustinov since his in against David Tua, he has been on the top of the WBA ranks, sitting and waiting for his World title shot. After a long 4 year wait, he finally receives it.
Ustinov hasn't been very active over the years as he only fought once in 2014, 3 times in 2015, no fights in 2016 and one fight this year so far. It was thought he would have fought Luis Ortiz, but obviously the fight fell through.
Allot of people thought of the WBA World regular heavyweight title as a joke in recent years as the last champion Lucas browne got stripped of the title due to win while tested positive to a drug which was taken accidentally. After that title was given back to Ruslan Chagaev, only to retire shortly after being given the belt back. This of course all happen during the WBA version of the heavyweight world title tournament that ended up failing and Fres Oquendo was court ordered name mandatory (technically still is) due to a rematch clause against Ruslan Chagaev. Fres Oquendo went into a purse bid with Shannon Briggs for the vacant title, but Oquendo didn't even show up to the meeting with the purse bid failing due to Briggs team bid under the lowest allowed bid limit of a million dollars. However the fight was scheduled after Briggs team came to agreement with Fres Oquendo team. The fight was called off when Shannon Briggs failed a drug test. After a long wait to see what will happen Ustinov was made mandatory and Manuel Charr who is ranked 4th in WBA will be the challenger.
The most credible boxer who has the WBA Regular title has been Alexander Povetkin who is currently ranked consistently second in the boxrec world rankings, above other world champions even when he hasnt been a world champion himself. Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas browne are the only other two Regular world title holders to hold the title. In saying that everyone before the WBA Super world title was created who held a WBA World title could be considered a WBA Regular world title holder. People including David Haye, Roy Jones Jr, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali and more legends.
With a New World Heavyweight champion being crowned, it would be interesting how this would be in the mix of the other world champions. Will the Regular World champion try and unify with others like WBO Joseph Parker, WBC Deontay Wilder or IBF Super WBA and IBO Anthony Joshua.
Joseph Parker at one stage was one potential opponent in New Zealand against Ustinov, however nothing came of it. But if Parker is no hungry to unify the titles, maybe that could be an alternative to face the winner of the Ustinov vs Charr fight.