Last year we saw Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21) claim the WBA "regular" Heavyweight title with a controversial majority decision win over American fighter Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24), in a bout we thought Oquendo had done more than enough to win. Since that loss Oquendo has been trying to enforce a rematch clause whilst Chagaev has done his best to remain inactive, with just a single bout in the last 14 months, and that was a 1-round blow out of Francesco Pianeta back in July.
Now it seems that Oquendo has finally got his way and the two men have, apparently, agreed a deal to fight on October 17th in Kiel, Germany, the country where Chagaev is now based.
The location of the fight is a stark contract to where the first fight took place, in Grozny, in the Chechen Republic though like the first bout Chagaev will be the "home" fighter...unlike the first bout however he's not expected to have the leader of the country there in his corner, as happened last time when Ramzan Kadyrov was essentially an extra cornerman for the Uzbek fighter.
Whilst Chagaev has been inactive with just 1 round of action since the first bout between himself and Oquendo he has actually been more active than Oquendo who hasn't fought since the first bout between the two men. Given more than a year of ring rust and his age, he's now 42, things could be very different to how they were last year.
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