Fres Oquendo And Shannon Briggs Agree To Terms; WBA Heavyweight Title Fight On The Horizon.
It’s 2017, and Shannon Briggs is fighting for the heavyweight title he’s been desperately campaigning for.
Boxingscene.com is reporting that Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Entertainment Corporation reached an agreement that will pit Fres Oquendo against Shannon Briggs for the WBA world heavyweight championship belt.
“We are really excited that we were able to reach an agreement with Kris Lawrence and Henry Rivalta of the Heavyweight Factory,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions.
“It was a long process and a difficult negotiation, but the good news is that Fres will now have the chance to finally win the WBA heavyweight crown. I want to thank Gilberto Mendoza, George Martinez and everyone else at the WBA for this great opportunity.”
“Fres is in fantastic shape, and he is focused on winning this bout like I have never seen before,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “I met with him today and watched him spar, and he looked awesome. His preparation is second to none, and I predict it is going to be a great fight.”
Terms were met after the initial purse bid of $400,000 failed to meet the WBA Appendix E rule requiring a minimum $1,000,000 bid in the heavyweight category. A second bid scheduled to take place on February 23rd was cancelled after both sides came to an agreement.
Briggs, who will be 45 years old when the fight takes place, will tie George Foreman’s record of being the oldest heavyweight titleholder of all time should he win. Forman was 45 when he defeated reigning champion Michael Moorer by 10th round KO in 1994.
Location, dates and ticket information have yet to be announced.