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Ruslan Chagaev to defend WBA belt against Lucas Browne in Grozny, Chechnya on March 5th

The fighters have a combined age of 73, because this is the modern heavyweight division.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Tyson Fury ain't the only WBA champ in town.

Because the organization sees fit to have interim, normal, and "Super" heavyweight champions despite all three being active, we get THREE TIMES THE CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION. While Fury holds onto his Super title and Luis Ortiz defends his interim belt against Bryant Jennings, regular champ Ruslan Chagaev will look for his second title defense against unbeaten Aussie Lucas Browne in March.

Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KO), who turned 37 two months ago and has competed professionally for eighteen years, has won seven straight since losing a decision to Alexander Povetkin in 2011, but he hasn't exactly kept a torrid pace; this is just his third fight since October of 2013. Two fights ago, he beat Fres Oquendo for the vacant title, then defended it in July by knocking out Francisco Pianeta in the first round. He'd first won the WBA belt in 2007 by beating Nikolay Valuev and defended it twice before running afoul of Wladimir Klitschko.

"Big Daddy" Browne (23-0, 20 KO) has been boldly marching sideways since routing James Toney in 2013, his most significant victory coming against then-unbeaten Andriy Rudenko last year. In his most recent effort, he defeated the very large but otherwise inconsequential Julius Long in a widely-panned performance.

Can Browne finally reach the world stage? Is Chagaev done? Does anyone actually care? FIND OUT IN MARCH WHEN THIS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH ROCKS YOUR WORLD.

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