Michael Hunter Extends His Winning Streak
By Henry Walter
Michael Hunter Jr continued his heavyweight winning streak yesterday evening in Monte Carlo with a ninth round TKO win over fringe contender Alexander Ustinov.
Hunter, who took this fight at just two weeks notice, went into the fight giving away sixty-six pounds in weight to the six feet, seven Russian giant but was immediately able to seize control with hard right hands as the bout began.
Hunter, who formally boxed as a cruiserweight, began to dominate the contest as the rounds progressed, his speed and skill making Ustinov look sluggish and clumsy.
Several hard shots to the head and body of Ustinov had the Russian backing up and he was dropped heavily in the eighth courtesy of some hard Hunter hooks.
Ustinov started round nine already bleeding from a nasty cut on the forehead. A sustained attack from Hunter saw him land punch after punch until Ustinov succumbed and the fight was stopped at the 1:52 mark.
Hunter has now made it four wins in a row since his sole career loss, to the pound for pound rated cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk last year, and he is now poised for a big fight at heavyweight.
The American’s speed, power and skill would pose problems for any of the big players in the division. This win, along with his brilliant defeat of highly rated prospect Martin Bakole five weeks ago, has proved beyond doubt that Hunter is well capable of stopping much bigger men.
What remains to be seen is if Hunter is good enough to beat elite men who have these kind of size advantages. If Hunter keeps winning he will begin to get opportunities to fight the very best the heavyweight division has to offer and it was be fascinating to find out.
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