Out of action since a June 2009 TKO loss to Brett Rogers, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski returns to a ring – rather than a cage – for a four-round boxing exhibition bout with heavyweight boxer Fres Oquendo.
Arlovski's camp today announced the fight, which takes place Feb. 27 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Florida.
The exhibition fight serves as a fundraiser for The Consequences Charity, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent adolescent criminal behavior via community support and intervention programs.
All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items from the event, dubbed "The Blacks Annual Gala," go the charity.
"I am honored to step into the ring with a great fighter like Fres Oquendo," Arlovski stated. "This is going to be an exciting exhibition match, but we already know the winner: the children we are helping."
Arlovski (15-7), 31, hasn't fought since his back-to-back losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Rogers in 2009. Prior to the defeats, the former UFC title-holder had posted five consecutive wins (four via knockout), which included three straight wins in the UFC. However, after electing not to re-sign with the UFC, Arlovski fought for Affliction Entertainment (before its eventual demise) and Strikeforce and has emerged as the No. 2 ranked heavyweight behind Emelianenko.
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