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 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 (Temporary Restraining Order), 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.”