WILL OQUENDO VS. CHAGAEV TAKE PLACE OR NOT?
Chicago, IL (June 26, 2014) A high stakes game of Russian Roulette is scheduled for next Tuesday, July 1, before Judge Kathleen Kennedy at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago as to the fate of the World Boxing Association ('WBA') WBA Heavyweight Championship fight between Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev. Hitz Boxing and Square Ring Promotions are seeking an injunction against Oquendo to enjoin his participation in the bout.
“Our legal team filed a series of papers today and there will be a hearing next Tuesday here in Chicago,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “We know that Fres and his team are leaving on Saturday for Russia, but if Judge Kennedy grants our motion for a TRO, which we are advised that there is a very strong chance, Fres will be in contempt of court if he goes forward with the fight. ”
“The WBA is now also named in the lawsuit. So if we do get the TRO and the WBA lets this fight happen, there will be some serious consequences for it,” stated Hitz.
“I read with interest today the articles about President Kadyrov sparring with Chagaev. Now that’s my kind of President,” continued Hitz. “He obviously respects fighters and must have guts to get in the ring even to spar with a guy as talented as Ruslan. As a former fighter myself, I only wish President Kadyrov would respect our contractual rights and honor the deal that his people made with us, so we can end this game of Russian Roulette and let this fight happen.”
JESSE JAMES LEIJA TO HOST CORPUS CHRISTI PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE JERRY BELMONTES VS. ABNER COTTO AND STACKED TEXAS UNDERCARD FIGHTS TAKING PLACEAUGUST 7 AT THE AMERICAN BANK CENTER LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 AT 4:00 PM CT
WHO: JESSE JAMES LEIJA, Former Two-Time World Champion &
Texas Boxing Legend
JERRY BELMONTES,Junior Lightweight Contender
OSCAR CANTU,Undefeated Bantamweight Prospect
JOSEPH RIOS,Bantamweight Contender
STEVE BELMONTES, Debuting Lightweight
ERNEST REYNA, Heavyweight Prospect
MIKE BATTAH, President of Leija*Battah Promotions
NELDA MARTINEZ, Mayor of Corpus Christi, TX
WHAT: Jerry Belmontes, Oscar Cantu, Joseph Rios, Steve Belmontes and Ernest Reyna to host a press conference to discuss their respective fights taking place Thursday, August 7 live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
WHEN: Friday, June 27
4:00 pm CT
FACTS: Belmontes vs. Cotto, a 10-round junior lightweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and O'Reilly AutoParts. Doors open at5:00 p.m. CT and the first bell rings at 5:30 p.m. CT. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT.
TICKETS: Individual tickets priced at $12, $17 and $25 as well as group table packages priced at $600, $800 and $1000, plus applicable fees and service charges will go on sale Friday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. CT. Tickets will be available for purchase by calling Leija Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302, the American Bank Center at 361-826-4700 by Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.