Fres Oquendo Out of WBA Title Fight for the 137th Time

Jun 3, 2012
Korakuen Hall
Five years and waiting:

The fight between secondary heavyweight world titlist Manuel Charr and mandatory challenger Fres Oquendo, already long overdue, has been canceled.

The fight was on at least its third date -- April 6 in Munich -- but was canceled when Oquendo failed to sign the contract by Friday's deadline, Patrick English, the attorney for Charr promoter Global Sports Management, told ESPN on Sunday.

English said Oquendo and his team gave no reason for the decision to not sign the contract. Wirt could not be reached for comment.

Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs), 45, of Chicago, has not been a relevant contender for many years and has not boxed since losing a majority decision to Ruslan Chagaev for the same vacant title in July 2014. Injuries and other issues prevented him from fighting for the title again since, but the WBA says it believes it is obligated to give him a title opportunity based on the outcome of a federal lawsuit from several years ago.

However, now that Oquendo has passed on the fight, it would seem as though that obligation is over and the WBA would order Charr to fight interim titlist Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs), 29, of Schenectady, New York.

Jun 6, 2013
Trevor Bryan is a very interesting contender. Obviously he needs to prove himself against better oppponents (better than today's Charr, that's for sure) but he has great potential, and seems to be flying under everybody's radar.

Big enough to be really dangerous, but small enough to be mobile. - And he definitely IS mobile. Good defense, good balance,. Patient, but highly aggressive when he needs to be. He even kinda' fights like a larger version of FLoyd. Still only 29 y-o.

He lately been a sparring partner for "Big Maybe" Miller, FWIW. I have no idea what THAT implies, but it's interesting.

Any thoughts on this guy?