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David Tua RETIRES: Alexander Ustinov Dominates in New Zealand – Boxing News & Results

By Geno McGahee

It was the hope of many boxing fans that the old David Tua, 52-5-2, 43 KO’s, would show up last night, but we got an old David Tua instead. The one opponent that gives every fighter the most trouble, Father Time, caught up with the once promising heavyweight contender.

From the opening bell, the much larger Alexander Ustinov, 29-1, 21 KO’s, controlled the fight, keeping a busier pace as Tua followed and was unable to pull the trigger. In the end, the scores were 119-109, 119-110 and 119-108, leading to the Tua Man announcing his retirement from the sport. It was rumored that Tua would have gotten a title shot if he was able to get beyond Ustinov, but it was not to be and that may be a good thing. A fight with either Klitschko would have not been a pretty picture for the 40-year-old Tua.

David Tua will remain one of the best heavyweights never to win a world title. He was able to defeat several former and future champions, but he was never able to bring the gold home and will remain a disappointment and underachiever. For Ustinov, this was a notable win and he can now push forward with his career after his loss to Pulev. He’s back in the mix and could land another opportunity.

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