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WBA Won't Strip Charr; Miller-Dinu Unlikely To Be Title Fight

By Keith Idec

The WBA has informed Manuel Charr that it has voted to suspend him for six months for failing performance-enhancing drug tests in September.

However, Pat English, Charr’s attorney, told on Wednesday that the WBA indicated during a conference call Wednesday morning that it will not strip Charr of its world heavyweight title. Assuming Charr keeps that championship, the WBA won’t be able to sanction Jarrell Miller-Bogdan Dinu as a fight for that title Saturday night in Mulvane, Kansas (DAZN).

Germany’s Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) was supposed to make a mandated defense of his title against Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) on September 29 in Cologne, Germany. That fight was at least postponed because Charr tested positive for two anabolic steroids, drostanolone and trenbolone.


An undisclosed issue related to the testing process has prevented the WBA from stripping Charr. He is one of three heavyweight champions crowned by the WBA, which also recognizes “super” champion Anthony Joshua and interim champion Trevor Bryan.

Promoter Eddie Hearn tried to arrange a Miller-Oquendo fight for Saturday night.

Hearn negotiated under the assumption Charr would be stripped when he offered Oquendo $500,000 to box Brooklyn’s Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs). Oquendo turned down that offer.

Once it became evident Charr could keep his title, handlers for Charr and Oquendo instead agreed to try to reschedule their fight for an undetermined date in January. A six-month suspension would delay Charr-Oquendo again.

Chicago’s Oquendo already has endured a four-year layoff since losing a majority decision to since-retired Ruslan Chagaev.

The 45-year-old Oquendo legally enforced the rematch clause he had in his contract for his shot at Chagaev’s title, thus the WBA must grant him another shot at its world heavyweight championship. The WBA eventually stripped Uzbekistan’s Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs), which led to the WBA scheduling title fights for Oquendo against Shannon Briggs and later Charr.

The Oquendo-Briggs bout, scheduled for June 2017, was canceled on short notice because the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association found Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs, 1 NC) had dramatically elevated levels of testosterone in his system.

Charr captured the then-vacant championship when he defeated Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder last November 25 in Oberhausen, Germany. The WBA ordered Charr to fight Oquendo two days later, yet that fight still hasn’t happened.

That championship became vacant because Chagaev, who has since retired, refused to pay the WBA’s sanctioning fee. Australia’s Lucas Browne beat Chagaev by 10th-round knockout to win the title Charr now owns, but it was returned to Chagaev because Browne (26-1, 23 KOs) failed a performance-enhancing drug test.

Once the WBA stripped Chagaev, Browne was supposed to battle Briggs for the vacant championship in December 2016. Browne tested positive for a PED again, though, and their fight was canceled.

The WBA then ordered the ill-fated fight between Briggs and Oquendo.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 11-16-2018

The WBA is a joke organisation

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 11-15-2018

I really want that WBC WBA IBF poster to try and defend the WBA now. He/she swore black and blue that the WBA was doing what it can to clean up it's act and undo the horrendous messes they've made…

Comment by Snoop Frog on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=SchoolTheseCats;19271988]He would of only had 3 weeks to prepare for fata$$ miller that’s not enough time[/QUOTE] Great point. That's not enough time.

Comment by Adamsc151 on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19273548]It's the WBA world title whether you like it or not. The question is whether the WBA deserves to be a recognized organization. Hint: it doesn't.[/QUOTE] Well as the oldest of the 4 main sanctioning bodies recognized today,…

Comment by W1LL on 11-15-2018

Good. Last thing we need is Jarrell Miller claiming to be a 'World' champion.

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