Tua-Ustinov on November 16th in Hamilton, New Zealand
New date for the battle between Belarusian giant Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21 KOs) and the renowned Samoan veteran David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs ) is officially confirmed. Tua vs Ustinov will be held on November 16 in Hamilton, New Zealand. The initial meeting was set back in August, but the fight was postponed due to a Tua injury. “After the cancellation I went back to my usual training in Minsk. I had more time to even better prepare for my opponent. Now I have even more confidence and I am ready for a meeting with Tua,” – said Alexander Ustinov.
“Yesterday our partners from Duco Events have sent us a medical conclusion that David Tua is fully recovered from the injury. Thus, there is no doubt that the fight will take place on November 16 in New Zealand. This will be a battle of two heavyweights that have different physical characteristics, mental abilities, technics, and lives in different parts of the Earth. Ustinov spent 3 weeks in New Zealand in August, sparred and engaged in promotion of the fight. During this time he has gained a lot of fans who are looking forward to this fight. We will make everything possible to broadcast Ustinov vs Tua fight live for the boxing fans in Ukraine and Russia,”- said Ustinov promoter from K2 Promotions Alexander Krassyuk.
Danny O’Connor vs Vivian Harris This Saturday
n Saturday night, the pride of Framingham, MA, Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (23-1, 7KO’s) will return to action for the third time in less than three months when he takes on former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (30-9-2, 19KO’s) in the 10-round welterweight main event bout at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
The event will also feature a live performance by the world-renowned and extremely popular Dropkick Murphys, whose leader singer Ken Casey, is the manager of O’Connor. Both main event fighters will weigh in tomorrow afternoon, with the weigh-in being shown that evening during the halftime of the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes NHL game.
“Once again Danny is doing great things for this charity,” said Casey, who is promoting the event on Saturday night in association with his foundation, The Claddagh Fund. “I am super excited to see him as the main attraction for the first time outside of New England. Philadelphia has taken to Danny like he is one of their own and we are really looking forward to this great event on Saturday night.”
“I’m very excited to box in Philadelphia, as it’s such a great city with so much sports history. It’s always a pleasure for me to be a part of any Claddagh Fund charity event. After an amazing training camp, I’m physically and mentally ready, in the words of Jonny Gomes from the Sox, ‘I’m time-tested, battle-tested, it’s time to put my hard hat on and go to work,'” said O’Connor.
“Danny’s taking on a real veteran in Vivian Harris and we’re looking forward to a great performance,” said Lou DiBella. “We’re pleased that Danny is fighting on a card that benefits the Claddaugh Fund and we thank Ken Casey and the Dropkick Murphys for all their help.”
The two-time national amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate O’Connor has had a busy 2013 thus far. The bout on Saturday will be his fifth of this year and third in less than three months. O’Connor, now campaigning at welterweight, is looking to propel himself into the world ratings in the loaded 147lb. division in 2014, but he must first get by the former WBA light welterweight world champion Harris.
The event is being promoted by Dropkick Murphys, The Claddagh Fund, DiBella Entertainment and Green Blood Boxing, in association with Guardian Restoration and A-Plus Public Adjusters.
Festim Lama: I’m Ready For War On October 18th
Exciting London based Albanian Middleweight prospect Festim Lama makes his third professional outing on the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted BROTHERS IN ARMS event at York Hall on Friday 18th October 2013.
24 year Lama had a stellar amateur career, having fought over fourty fights in the UK and numerous more as a youngster in his homeland, before turning professional with renowned coach, manager and now promoter Johnny Eames, in February this year.
Since turning pro Lama has wowed the York Hall faithful with two sensational, all action, performances.
In his first, against Newcastle’s Didier Blanch, Lama dominated the proceedings, with his ever forward double handed attacks, ultimately stopping Blanch on the fourty four second mark of the third round.
In his second bout, against Trowbridge’s Dan Blackwell, it was more of the same, although this time Blackwell proved more durable than Blanch, having survived the full twelve minutes of non-stop attack.
Following a training session at the famous East End fight factory universally known as the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Lama spoke briefly about his upcoming bout.
“I feel good, I’ve been training hard, I can’t wait to fight now, it’s been three or four months now since I last had a fight.
The first one I stopped him in the third round and the second one I won it in points, that was a good fight and now I got this fight.
I’m aggressive, that’s my style really, I go forward, take them to war you know, that’s the way I fight.
It’s a hundred percent I will win the fight, I’m ready for war on October 18th.
We’ll see where we go you know, this will be another four rounder, then maybe we step up to six rounds next fight, that’s what I’m looking for.
I have a lot of support this time, lots of Albanians are coming to support me and any Albanians that know me are welcome to come and support me, that’ll be good.
I’m going to give them a good fight, I’m going to take that man to work, so it’s going to be a great night.”
Festim Lama, against a yet to be named opponent, features on the undercard of the Nathan Graham versus Freddie Turner Southern Area Light Middleweight Title clash, that headlines the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th October 2013.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named. For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645