There aren't too many common denominators linking David Tua and Alexander Ustinov, given their vastly differing heights and shapes - but one man who has fought both believes Tua is in for a difficult night in Hamilton.
American Monte Barrett has never had a kind word to say about Tua and wasn't changing that in the leadup to Saturday night's fight.
Barrett had a draw and a win against Tua, battling 24 rounds with the Samoan-Kiwi. His unanimous points win in 2011 was Tua's last fight. Tua broke Barrett's jaw with a late punch but couldn't finish him off in the final round.
Ustinov beat Barrett in their only meeting in 2012 but needed all 12 rounds to grind out a unanimous points decision in Switzerland. Barrett believes taking on the 2.02m Ustinov is stupid, especially in a make-or-break fight so late in Tua's career.
"For Tua to be in the game for 18 years and he doesn't know better, he's just ‘duuuuuuh', he's just a brute, a big klutz," Barrett told the BoxingInsider website. "He needs to sit down, collect his thoughts, and think, ‘What am I doing?' [But] Tua's not a thinker, period."
Barrett also questioned Tua's decision to align with Duco Events, labelling promoters David Higgins and Dean Lonergan "Dumb and Dumber".
"He's gonna go in the trash can. These guys will get him beat, they don't care anything about him . . . they're good businessmen, but they don't know anything about boxing," Barrett said.
The other common link to Tua and Ustinov is Julius Long. The giant American is one of Tua's sparring partners. Ustinov fought Long in Germany in 2008, winning by first-round knockout.
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