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More Drama from the Chagaev-Valuev Fallout

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Chagaev: "I’m healthy. I have no doctor attesting to any danger of infection. So I would box Valuev today, tomorrow or whenever. I’m very disappointed and can’t understand this decision. I’m fit and ready."  Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images.
Chagaev: "I’m healthy. I have no doctor attesting to any danger of infection. So I would box Valuev today, tomorrow or whenever. I’m very disappointed and can’t understand this decision. I’m fit and ready." Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images.

Ruslan Chagaev's promoter, Universum, has put out a press release regarding yesterday's incident and today's non-fight.  They're ticked because they say that Chagaev is actually perfectly healthy, and that Finnish authorities refused the fight because of antigens present in Chagaev's blood from a previous sickness. 

Universum also provided the WBA with evidence that Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values are unchanged for many years and are safe. They are invariably below the international standard from which the hepatitis disease is considered infectious. Ruslan Chagaev’s current blood values also correspond to those which he had in the first fight against Nikolai Valuev in April 2007. The fight at that time was promoted by Sauerland Event under the supervision of the Austrian Federation in Stuttgart and if there was any doubt about these blood values, it would have been mentioned then. Therefore, today, like the first time, there is no reason to call off the fight.

Against this backdrop, Universum says it will file a lawsuit against the WBA.  And we all know how nothing makes you a mandatory faster than threatening a lawsuit.  Oleg Maskaev threatens a lawsuit, and suddenly he's the mandatory for Vitali's belt.  John Ruiz threatens a lawsuit, and the WBA makes him the mandatory of the winner for this fight.  Frankly, I have no idea what Chagaev would sue over.  Keep him as the mandatory?  If the WBA does make this kind of decision, does he skip past the other two mandatories, John Ruiz and Kali Meehan? 

I'm about ready to give up on this sanctioning body altogether.  I don't care if they've been around the longest; a lot of their recent actions convey that they're less relevant than the IBO.