Ruslan Chagaev is coming off a win for the PABA heavyweight and vacant WBA continental heavyweight titles and now has the chance for more. The vacant WBA world heavyweight title will be on the line at the Ahmat Arena, Grozny, Russia on July 6 as Ruslan Chagaev will face Fres Oquendo.
Fres Oquendo opened as a +700 dog with the Boxing odds while Ruslan Chagaev was a -1000 chalk. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds.
The 41 year old Fres Oquendo stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall with a reach of 80 inches and fights out of an orthodox stance. Oquendo is a native of Puerto Rico and now resides in Chicago. Oquendo has a career record of 37 wins, 7 losses, and 0 draws. Out of Oquendo’s 37 career wins a total of 24 have come by knockout with just 2 out of his 7 losses coming by knockout. Oquendo is the 12th ranked American heavyweight and is ranked 33rd in the world. Oquendo is coming off a technical knockout win over Galen Brown is the 2nd round of an 8 round bout that took place on May 10, 2014 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, USA.
The 35 year old Ruslan Chagaev stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall with a reach of 74 inches and fights out of a southpaw stance. Chagaev has a career record of 32 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. Chagaev has a total of 20 knockouts out of his 32 career wins. He has suffered 1 knockout loss. Chagaev is a native of Uzbekistan and now resides in Germany and is the 21st ranked heavyweight in the world. Chagaev is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Jovo Pudar for the PABA and vacant WBA continental heavyweight titles on October 5, 2013 in a bout that took place in Moscow.
Chagaev is in good form and should be primed for a strong showing as momentum is on his side. We respect Oquendo’s career but Chagaev is the better choice and gets the call!