Tyson Fury will fight in Manchester this Saturday night after all as he takes on the man who was sparring with Dereck Chisora when the Finchley heavyweight broke his hand - postponing their big rematch.
Big-hitting Belarusian Alexander Ustinov has stepped into the breach to ensure the Morecambe giant gets a test at the Phones 4 U Arena after Chisora was forced to pull out of their world title eliminator on July 26 after picking up the injury in his final sparring session.
There had been fears Fury would see a third costly and physically demanding camp go to waste having seen a clash with David Haye postponed and then cancelled for good last year.
World ranked Ustinov, 6ft 7½in and 22st, has been at Chisora’s North London gym for the last two weeks helping him to prepare for Fury, but now finds himself the man in the opposite corner with the chance of causing a huge shock.
Fury, who has 16 KOs from 22 undefeated fights, said: “The first thing is I’m happy to still be fighting this Saturday and that the fans will get what they paid for and see a good fight.
“We’ve had a hard training camp and I’m in the shape of my life, expecting to knockout Chisora, but now I’m going to have take it out on Ustinov and make sure he takes the full force of my anger.
“Chisora will now see what he was going to get on the night - knocked out.
“Strangely, I’m going to break the man who broke Chisora’s hand.
“Full credit for Ustinov for taking the fight, he’s a big lad, more importantly he’s a credible world ranked opponent and he must fancy his chances.”
Ustinov, a former kickboxing champion and MMA fighter, has won 29 out of 30 fights, with 21 ending by knockout and 13 coming inside three rounds.
In his last fight he ended the career of former world title contender David Tua, out-pointing him to win the WBA Pan African Championship. His sole loss was to the next man to challenge Wladimir Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev, in September 2012 in a European title challenge.
Fury v Ustinov will be broadcast live on BoxNation.