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Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Heads To Purse Bid, February 13

By Miguel Rivera

The World Boxing Association has ordered a purse bid between former world champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs and Puerto Rican contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant "regular" heavyweight title of the WBA.

The two teams were called to negotiate on the 2nd of January and they were given a deadline of 30 days before a purse bid was finally called. Because tehre has been no agreement between them, the WBA's Championships Committee has ordered the bid.

The percentage of the split will be the same with 50% for both, because the belt is vacant and the minimum amount for this purse bid will be one million dollars. The purse bid will be held on February 13 at the offices of the WBA in Panama City and will be directed by the Panamanian Aurelio Fiengo, who is a WBA board member.

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The winner will have the obligation to defend the title against Russia's Alexander Ustinov, who is ranked third under the WBA.

Briggs, 45, has a record of 60-6-1 with 53 knockouts. He was heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization.

Oquendo, 43, has a record of 37-8, with 24 wins by knockout.. He challenged for a heavyweight title on three occasions, losing in his last attempt in July 2014 against Ruslan Chagaev, for the same WBA heavyweight title.

The WBA's "super" title at heavyweight will be up for grabs on April 29th, when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko collide at Wembley in London. The winner of that contest has to make a mandatory defense against Luis Ortiz.

After the smoke settles, the overall winners of the WBA "regular" and "super" title brackets will have to fight each other to establish a single champion as the organization is working hard to consolidate all of their world titles in each weight class.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by techliam on 02-10-2017

[QUOTE=jup11223;17399572]then eddie hearn buys it and makes it ppv[/QUOTE] Love it :lol1:

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 02-10-2017

Fres is gonna get badly hurt. He's only been training for a short time? Briggs is in the gym every day, he's in war mode.

Comment by j0zef on 02-03-2017

Does Oquendo even still box? Is he even interested? Or is he gonna show up weighing 300 lbs and lay down?

Comment by K Man on 02-03-2017

Guys.. Itll be over soon.. The WBA is consolidating to 1 Champ. Both, Briggs & Fres know their careers are over after each receives a next loss. The Briggs-Oquendo bout will fail in the USA BUT will sell great in…

Comment by Travycat on 02-03-2017

I would surmise that Briggs is interested in fighting for more than just the WBA, but has no money coming in due to lack of noteworthy fights (strangely being avoided for some reason in lieu of unknown tomato cans) and…

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