Chagaev: I’m always ready to fight Klitschko
WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is hopeful of landing a lucrative return with Wladimir Klitschko at some point following the Uzbek’s ninth round retirement defeat to the Ukrainian back in 2009.
Chagaev, 36, stated to WBN that he was under-prepared for his first clash with Klitschko and hopes to one day share a ring with the undisputed king of the division with a full camp behind him and his renewed confidence since regaining the world title.
“I am the WBA World Heavyweight Champion – so at some point Wladimir, being the Super Champion, will have to fight me unless he loses or retires,” Chagaev exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I am always ready to fight him. I didn’t really have time to prepare and get ready for our first fight. I took that chance on very short notice and was not in the best condition I could have been in. So I hope I can prove that I can do better against him if I am well prepared. However, I am not one of these guys who only run around and call out Wladimir Klitschko because they are expecting a big payday.
“Whenever the fight comes I will be happy to fight him. But for the moment I have to take care of my own business and defend my title against the challengers waiting for me.”
That ‘business’ Chagaev speaks of are upcoming defenses against Fres Oquendo, which was spawned from a court case between the two over their first bout, and secondly mandatory challenger Lucas Browne.
In the first case, Oquendo claimed he was owed money from their initial meeting, which Chagaev won on points via a majority decision, leading to the champion agreeing to fight the rangy Cuban again within 120 days of his Saturday night first round knockout of Francesco Piantea in Madgeburg.
Chagaev facing Oquendo once more has left Aussie Browne in limbo as the number one contender patiently awaits his title shot – which could see ‘Big Daddy’ switch his immediate attention to landing a crack at WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder in September.