OQUENDO FEELS HE IS WORTHY CHALLENGER FOR KLITSCHKO
Press Release: "No one deserves the Klitschko fight more than me," says heavyweight Fres Oquendo. With a record of 35-7 with 23 KOs, Oquendo makes his case for being the next to face WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 6th in Hanover, Germany. "I'm seeing these newcomer kids talking about how they deserve to fight Klitschko. I haven't lost a fight legitimately since 2006 [Editor's note: Officially, Oquendo has decision losses to Oliver McCall, Jean Marc Mormeck and James Toney in that time span]. In 2003, I had [an IBF] title fight and lost an outrageous robbery against Chris Byrd. Byrd went on to lose the title that I should have won that night to Wladimir. So, if they hadn't stolen my title from me that night, I would have already had a fight against Wladimir! Me getting the fight against Wladimir is boxing karma making things right."
The 39-year-old Oquendo, who began his career in 1997, took out Robert Hawkins and Joey Abell in his two latest appearances.
"I'm still as sharp as I've ever been and I know how to get to Wladimir. I've been trying to get him in the ring for years because I see what you need to do to beat him. Plus, if you put my resume next to anybody else's that they're talking about it's like a joke. Nobody else deserves this fight as much as I do. So let's get it done, call my promoter, Bobby Hitz, so I can start training to go over there and kick his ass."