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Eddie Chambers vs. Alexander Ustinov possible for February 28th at O2 Arena, London, UK

By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Eddie Chambers (40-4, 22 KOs) says he could be facing 38-year-old Alexander Ustinov (30-1, 21 KOs) on the undercard of the Tyson Fury vs. Christian Hammer card on February 28th at the O2 Arena in London, UK. If the 32-year-old Chambers winds up getting the fight against Ustinov, he’d be taking the guy that Fury skipped out on last year when he was supposed to fight an in shape Ustinov.

For boxing fans who may not remember, Fury backed out on the Ustinov fight the night of the fight. The reason Fury gave was due to his uncle’s illness, but some boxing fans feel that Fury backed out due to the Ustinov fight being too dangerous of a fight for him. I had no argument with Fury backing out of the Ustinov fight given the family emergency, but a lot of fans believe that it was a duck job by Fury.

Chambers is really asking a lot of himself to take on a guy as big as the 6’7, 290+ Ustinov. Chambers hasn’t beaten anyone that you can call a good fighter since he was arguably robbed in his fight against Tomasz Adamek in 2012.

I thought Chambers won that fight, as did many fans. Since then, Chambers has lost to cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu and then beaten five 3rd tier heavyweights. It’s been ages since Chambers fought anyone good, and it’s difficult to imagine him being able to step up to the level that Ustinov is at.

Ustinov has won his last three fights since his defeat at the hands of Kubrat Pulev in 2012. Ustinov has recent wins over Chauncy Welliver, David Tua and Ivica Perkovic. Those were all fights in which Ustinov was in excellent shape and he won three of them by lopsided decisions. He’s a much better fighter now that he’s lost a lot of the flab that he was carrying around on his frame. It would have been interesting to see how an in shape Ustinov would have done against Pulev instead of the heavy version that fought him three years ago.

I rate Ustinov as a better heavyweight than Fury. He does everything better than Fury, and has the better power as well. It would be interesting that Ustinov would be on the undercard of the Fury-Hammer fight instead of in the main event with Fury fighting him or on the undercard.

What I don’t understand is why Fury never attempted to reschedule a fight with Ustinov after pulling out of their fight. With all the head Fury took from boxing fans for pulling out of the fight, you’d think he would have had his promoter reschedule the Ustinov fight.

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