Oquendo Withdraws From Ruslan Chagaev Title Rematch

By Per Ake Persson

Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24KOs) has, according to the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel (Germany), pulled out of the fight against WBA "regular" heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21KOs) due to illness.

The fight was set for October 17 at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel (Germany). All tickets are refunded.

The fighters first met last July with Chagaev winning a close majority decision. Controversy and lawsuits following the contest. Oquendo claimed he was never paid for the contest. Chagaev's promoter claimed Oquendo failed a post-fight drug test.

Eventually the WBA ordered an immediate rematch with the winner facing mandatory challenger Lucas Browne. The two sides were able to reach a deal for the now canceled October date.

Where Oquendo's withdrawal leaves everything is going to be interesting in the coming weeks and depends on whether or not the WBA will now insist that Browne gets his shot first.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Hammer on 10-09-2015

I hope Lucas Browne is given his shot now. But they'll probably wait a few months for Oquendo, even though he hasn't earned his high ranking with the WBA because he hasn't had a good win in years. The WBA…

Comment by BostonGuy on 10-09-2015

It's kind of surprising (well, maybe not) that Oquendo pulled out of this fight after making a big stink after their first fight and essentially forcing this rematch.

Comment by 285Kid on 10-09-2015

Andy Ruiz or Lucas Browne

Comment by joe strong on 10-09-2015

The WBA is a joke & this is not a title match. After all the BS after the first fight Oquendo pulls out. He should just retire already. Chagaev vs Browne is a mismatch in my opinion even at Chagaev's…

Comment by Bajingo on 10-07-2015

[QUOTE=saint laurent;16112557]kudos to canelo for wanting to fight at 155[/QUOTE] ...........

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