03.07.08 - Universum press release: The World Boxing Association has decided in Buenos Aires today that Ruslan Chagaev will keep his world title. Chagaev was named "champion in recess" which means that he will have time to recover from his injury and has to defend his belt by the latest 26th of June 2009..
Chagaev suffered a complete torn of his achilles tendon and therefore wasnít able to defend his belt on July 5 against mandatory challenger Nikolai Valuev. With todayís decision Sauerland and others have failed with their claims to deprive Chagaevís title in order to fight for the vacant belt.
His mandatory challenger Valuev received the possibility by the WBA to fight challenger John Ruiz for the full WBA title in the meantime. The winner of this battle will have the right to face the reigning WBA champion Chageav and challenge him in a title bout until 26th of June 2009.