By Per Ake Persson
WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Manuel Charr will defend the title against Fres Oquendo on September 29 in Cologne, Germany, writes BILD. The fight was first set for May 4 in Chicago after Team Oquendo won purse bids for the right to promote the fight.
However, according to BILD there´s financial difficulties and now Charr gets the fight to Germany.
The 45-year old Oquendo, 37-8, last fought four years ago in losing a close call to Ruslan Chagaev. Charr, 31-4, has one fight in two years and that was when he won the title with a points win over Alexander Ustinov late last year.
The WBA's "super" champion at the weight of Anthony Joshua, who also holds the WBO, IBF and IBO world titles.
IN OTHER NEWS: The International Boxing Hall of Fame will release the name of the 2018 Parade of Champions Grand Marshal on Tuesday, April 17th at 11 a.m.
“Each year boxing fans eagerly anticipate the Hall of Fame’s announcement of the parade grand marshal,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to Tuesday’s exciting announcement and it will be an honor to welcome the 2018 grand marshal to Canastota in June!”
The Parade of Champions, set for Sunday, June 10th at 1:00 p.m. as part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Weekend, will pass through the streets of Canastota and lead to the grounds of the Hall of Fame Museum prior to the start of the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the new class of inductees.
Events planned for the weekend include a Fight Night at Turning Stone, banquet, cocktail party, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show and 5K race and fun run.
In addition to the grand marshal, over 35 boxing stars will be highlighted in the Parade of Champions, along with pageant caliber bands, drum & bugle corps, pipe bands, floats and community organizations.