WBA Orders Luiz Ortiz to Defend Title vs Alexander Ustinov On or Before June 19

The World Boxing Association has ordered big-hitting Interim WBA World Champion Luiz Ortiz to defend his title against Russian heavyweight destroyer Alexander Ustinov on or before June 19.
 
Ustinov’s opportunity has arrived after the WBA allowed Ortiz and Matias Vidondo to challenge for the Vacant title on October 17 in New York, which Ortiz won by third round stoppage. 
 
The WBA stipulated that the winner must fight Bryan Jennings next, which Ortiz did and won by seventh round stoppage on December 19 in New York, and the winner was to face Ustinov within six months.
 
The promoters of Ustinov and Ortiz will be begin negotiations and if an agreement isn’t reached then the bout will go to purse bids with a 50/50 split.
 
Man mountain Ustinov, known as ‘Alexander The Great, born in Paustovo, Russia, but fights out of Minsk, Belarus, stands at 6′ 7½″ and has 24 knockouts from 33 wins, with only one loss, and is the two-time WBA International Champion.
 
Unbeaten Cuban KO king Ortiz, now fighting out Miami, Florida, has knocked out all but three of his 24 opponents, with 12 coming inside three rounds and has held the WBC FECARBOX, WBA Fedalatin, WBO and WBC Latino titles.

Ricky Hatton Squashes Claims of Lucas Browne vs Alexander Ustinov Negotiations

HATTON PROMOTIONS would like to make it clear that negotiations have NOT taken place for a fight between Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne and Russia’s Alexander Ustinov, despite claims made online.
 
Vladimir Hryunov, Ustinov’s promoter, has reportedly said that he has had meetings with Ricky Hatton in London regarding the match-up.
However, no such discussions have been held.
 
While Ustinov is a fighter with a respectable record, he does not appear in the top 15 of any of the four main world sanctioning bodies and thus does not feature on Hatton Promotions’ radar for Browne.
 
“Lucas is willing to fight anyone and, if offered, he would take the Ustinov fight, but at this moment in time we’re looking for opponents with rankings that will help Lucas get a world title shot,” Hatton explained.
 
“Lucas, at number four, is the highest rated available contender of the WBA for Ruslan Chagaev, and he’s also in the top six with the IBF and the WBC so there’s no point in boxing a guy who isn’t ranked.
 
“Lucas is eager to fight anyone that mentions his name, but I’ve told him to start looking up rather than down.
 
“We’re working on getting him the best fight possible and I think everyone will be happy when we make an announcement.”

Lucas Browne Sends Warning Out to the Heavyweight Division

LUCAS “BIG DADDY” BROWNE believes he’ll be lean and mean as he presses towards a world title shot in 2015.
 
The much-loved Aussie puncher was in the best shape of his career when he defeated tough American Chauncy Welliver earlier this month and he says the days of weighing in heavy are over now he’s training with the legendary Jeff Fenech.
 
Browne is also keen to shed his amiable image as he feels a vicious streak is needed in order to get to the top.
 
“2015 will be a massive year and everyone in the heavyweight division should watch out because I’m coming for them,” he said.
 
“I’ve been quiet for too long, watching everyone do their thing, but I can guarantee that 2015 will be different because I’m going to be the scariest mother on the planet.
 
“I’ve got my fitness up to scratch now. Before I wasn’t 100% in my fitness and I went into fights overweight, but at 6ft 5ins at 112 kilos I’ll be a different animal.
 
“As well as my power, I’ll have more agility and speed so the majority of heavyweights are going to have trouble fighting me.”
 
Lucas is ranked in the top five by the WBC and WBA and is number seven with IBF so a world title opportunity is on the horizon, but he understands that he might have to beat a few fellow contenders first and has drawn up a list of foes.
 
“For the Aussie fans, I think Joey Parker and Alex Leapai would be great fights. It’s just a matter of time,” Browne said.
 
“In regards to the world standings, you’ve got Tyson Fury and everyone wants me to shut his big mouth up. I want to fight him and Dereck Chisora. Fighters like [Alexander] Ustinov and [Denis] Boytstov would be good and I want [Ruslan] Chagaev because he’s got the WBA title.
 
“Obviously there is [Wladimir] Klitschko. That’s the ultimate goal. Everyone wants the big titles and Klitschko is the man and that is who I want to be fighting one day.  I’ve got to bide my time, do everything I need to do and get up to where I need to.
 
“Last but not least, Mr Deontay Wilder. Yes, you’re 32-0 with 32 knockouts but if you fight bums you’re going to get a good record. It’s going to be funny when someone hits you back, especially someone with my power. You’ll wake up the next day from sleeping and wonder what the f**k happened.”