Sunday, 22 May 2016

Chagaev reinstated.. Once again WBA regular heavyweight champion.

The WBA yesterday decided to reinstate recently deposed champion Ruslan Chagaev once again as their heavyweight champion regular and the result of the Browne fight changed to a no contest...  Chagaev lost his title, being stopped in a shocker by Lucas Browne in March in a fight he had comfortably under control..  Following the bout in Grozny, Browne failed a drug test for Clenbuterol. Browne as the then newly crowned champion was himself ordered to make a first defence against Fres Oquendo, but having since been stripped and Chagaev reinstated, it's the Russian who now has to defend his reinstated championship against former foe Oquendo..
Chagaev, who will be 34-2-1 (21 KO) once the fight is changed to a no-contest, narrowly edged Oquendo (37-8, 24 KO) two Julys ago via majority decision, yet another title near-miss for Oquendo in a career full of them. The two have a combined age of eighty, making it questionable whether the winner has any real chance of taking out the Wilders and Joshuas of the modern heavyweight division, but it's not a bad fight in terms of competitive merit.