Promoter Bobby Hitz Interview: Feels Oquendo Beat Chagaev in Chechnya
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
In a Real Combat Media interview exclusive, Chicago’s top promoter, Bobby Hitz, stated he felt his fighter Fres Oquendo had been robbed in his world heavyweight title bout in Grozny, Chechnya, but also had favorable things to say about the promotion of the event.
Real Combat Media will feature an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo in Chicago about his world title bout in Chechnya later this week.
Ruslan Chagaev, a southpaw Uzbek former world champion fighting out of Hamburg, Germany, won the vacant World Boxing Association World Heavyweight title on July 6, 2014, by controversial 12 round majority decision over Oquendo in the main event of the nine bout card. There were few holds in one of the largest boxing rings seen in a world heavyweight championship bout.
Real Combat Media: “Did Ruslan Chagaev deserve to win the world title?”
Bobby Hitz: “We (Fres Oquendo’s corner) felt we won the fight. They (Chagaev’s corner) got a majority decision on their turf.”
Real Combat Media: “Will Fres fight Chagaev again? A 12 round majority decision warrants it.”
Bobby Hitz: “We have a rematch clause within 120 days. If we can’t decide what we want to do, the bout will go to a purse bid.”
strong>Real Combat Media: “The world title fight was held is an out-of-the-way place, Chechnya.”
Bobby Hitz: “It was a first class promotion, a real bang up job. It was really great seeing the Chechen president so enthusiastic and so overall involved in the event. Thirty thousand people attended the event. It was also televised. It was a first class job, a great promotion, very impressive.”