This week it was announced by the WBA that it had ordered purse bids to take place for its world heavyweight title currently held by Manuel Charr to face his mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo, with the purse bids scheduled for Friday (GMT) in Toronto, Canada. Despite Manuel Charr claiming the WBA world heavyweight title on the 25th of November against Alexander Ustinov, the title which he won is lightly regarded due to the WBA having two respective world heavyweight titles. Unified world heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua holds the WBA’s “Super” world title and is, in reality, the legitimate world heavyweight titleholder within the WBA organisation in respect to the comparison of the WBA titles.
The promoter of Fres Oquendo submitted the winning bid for Charr v Oquendo with a sum of $600,000, which massively outbid the German’s handlers who themselves submitted a sum of $101,000 in an attempt to win the promotional rights for the contest. Fres Oquendo has waited patiently for his WBA title opportunity, claiming mandatory position via federal court order following the fallout from his 2014 title opportunity against Ruslan Chagaev. Oquendo in recent years has suffered from injury, “disputes” and inactivity has prevented Oquendo from fighting since his bout with Chagaev in 2014.
No date has been set for the contest between Charr & Oquendo at time of publication with the WBA rules stating that the contest must take place in 90 days following the purse bids which took place on Friday. However, the handlers of Oquendo are hoping to put on the contest in April or May of this in Chicago, the hometown of Oquendo.