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Hughie Fury vs. Alexander Ustinov in negotiations for March 26th

Andrey Fedosov, the previous choice of opponent for Fury, turned down the bout.

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Hughie Fury's "world-ranked" opponent for his March 26th bout may wind up being Alexander Ustinov, as Peter Fury has sent out contracts following Andrey Fedosov's refusal of the call.

Ustinov (33-1, 24 KO) must face Luis Ortiz for the interim WBA heavyweight title later this year, but is permitted to take a fight in the meantime as Ortiz has. Unlike Ortiz's upcoming fight with Tony Thompson, however, this would be a considerable risk. Ustinov's skills basically begin and end with his size; he was soundly drubbed in his lone step up against Kubrat Pulev in 2012 and has yet to beat an even remotely top-tier heavyweight.

Fury (18-0, 10 KO) is significantly younger and not too far behind Ustinov in the height department in addition to being the overall better boxer. Though it's something of a step up for him, it's a fight he should win comfortably.

The fight, should it happen, will serve as the co-feature for Nick Blackwell's BBBofC title defense against Chris Eubank, Jr. at Wembley.

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