David Haye poised to fight Alexander Ustinov for WBA ‘interim’ title

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British professional boxer David Haye is all set to be back into the ring, with Alexander Ustinov as his opponent, for a chance to win the WBA ‘interim’ heavyweight title.

The Russian's manager has confirmed that Haye is one of the likely opponents for Ustinov after he was not granted a bout for the vacant WBA 'super' or 'regular' titles.

The organisation announced it's sanctioning plans last week, and the fights that were arranged left Haye in the background following his return to boxing.

Compatriot Anthony Joshua remains the ideal candidate to face Wladimir Klitschko after Tyson Fury was withdrawn when found positive for cocaine last month.

However, that fight will only happen next spring and Joshua must be victorious against Eric Molina on December 10 for a shot at the heavyweight title with the Ukrainian.

Lucas Brown, on the other hand, will compete with Shannon Briggs for the regular belt.

Vladimir Hryunov, the manager of Ustinov, is considering two options at the present moment with the name of German star Manuel Charr also under review alongside the Hayemaker.

Speaking on the issue with, as reported by Sky Sports, Hryunov said: “Alexander Ustinov has reserved the right with the WBA to hold a championship fight.

“I think that in the next two weeks a contract will be signed with one of the boxers holding a high position in the rankings.

"This fight will be for the WBA’s interim championship and there will be negotiations with the two most likely opponents, who are both known boxers – David Haye and German Manuel Charr.”

Both Haye, as well as Ustinov, have impressive records throughout their respective careers, with the former having just lost twice in 30 matches, while the latter registered only one defeat in 34.

The fact that the 36-year-old Londoner has not fought since the bout against Arnold Gjergjaj last May could benefit the Russian going into the fight.

Hryunov further added: “Wladimir Klitschko used his exclusive right to hold a unification bout and WBA therefore only allows him to meet with Joshua, instead of Alexander.

"If the selected opponent for Ustinov will be Haye, then the fight will take place in England and if the opponent will be Charr, then it happens in Germany."

Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz was scheduled to defend the interim belt against Ustinov, but he was disqualified after failing to agree terms and will instead fight Malik Scott in Monte Carlo next Saturday.

It would indeed be an enthralling encounter between two of the most astute professionals if the fight between Haye and Ustinov becomes a reality in the days ahead, with fans across the globe eagerly awaiting the bout to take place as early as possible.

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