Heavyweight contender Alexander Ustinov returns on November 25th, taking on Manuel Charr in Oberhausen, Germany in a battle of the veterans for the WBA World Title.
The sole loss on Ustinov’s 34-1 (25 KOs) record came against respectable opposition back in 2012, when he was stopped by Kubrat Pulev for the European Title.
He quickly got back to winning ways against lower quality opponents, before taking nearly 18 months out of the ring from December 2015 to May of this year.
The Russian ruined Raphael Zumbano Love in the first round at the Bolton Whites Hotel. Ustinov will have taken confidence from that convincing victory, considering Love has been the distance with Andy Ruiz Jr, Shannon Briggs, and shared 10 rounds with Charles Martin.
In his last outing, Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) picked up the WBA International belt with a points win over previously-unbeaten Sefer Seferi (now 21-1, 20 KOs).
Prior to that, Charr suffered defeats against top-level boxers like Alexander Povetkin and Johann Duhaupas, plus a brutal knockout loss to Cruiserweight Mairis Briedis, who was stepping a division.
It could be last chance saloon for both men as the winner will take a step towards the WBA World Title and a potentially lucrative bout against the governing body’s current ‘Super’ Champion Anthony Joshua.