Vitali Klitschko vs Manuel Charr... Very LikelyWritten by Lee Cleveland
According to sources, including Germany's Bild, Manuel Charr (21-0, 11KO), an undefeated Syrian-born slugger from Germany, is the leading candidate to challenge Vitali Klitchko for the Ukranian's WBC Heavyweight Title.
The bout, which will likely take place in September, could be Vitali's last as the near 41 year old two-time heavyweight champion has set his sights on politics, more specifically Kiev's mayoral position.
If Vitali is elected Mayor if Kiev in October, he will quit his career, for sure," stated Vitali Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente.
So if negotiations seemingly go according to planned, Klitschko vs Charr will take place on September 1st or 8th in Germany.
Who is Manuel Charr?
Despite sporting an impressive 21-0 record, the 6′ 3½"/192cm German is not ranked as a Top 10 Heavyweight by FightSaga nor The RING and is rated a modest No. 31 by BoxRec.
Not much is known about Charr other than he talks tough.
"I'm a tank. I'm going to flatten Vitali."
Last year, Charr stopped a badly shopwarn Danny Williams and has collected previous wins against the tough, rugged Sherman Williams in 2009 and Owen Beck in 2010. Williams was decisioned in ten rounds while Charr managed to stop Beck and Williams in the tenth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Why Charr is the Likely Pick
Dubbed 'Diamond Boy,' the 27 year old Charr is ranked No. 11 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and is, at least on the surface, a seemingly unlikely opponent for the elder Klitschko. However, the German is undefeated and holds the WBC International Silver belt which means he's achieved legitimate contender status within the WBC.
Perhaps more importantly, Vitali loves to fight in Germany and Manuel Charr, unlike Seth Mitchell, Denis Boytsov and Kubrat Pulev, is a 'name' commodity there. In addition, Vitali Klitschko has already defeated top heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, Dereck Chisora and Chris Arreola and Teams Price and Fury are justifiably reluctant to match their pugilists against a Top 5 heavyweight at the moment.
And finally, with Alexander Povetkin fighting Hasim Rahman this summer, Tony Thompson facing Vitali's brother, Wladimir, in five weeks and David Haye battling Dereck Chisora a week later, Manuel Charr is arguably the best option for a Vitali Klitschko title defense in the comfy confines of Deutschland in September.
The Klitschko brother known as "Dr Ironfist" has won 44 of 46 bouts, amassing 40 knockouts along the way. He last fought in February, winning a tough, action-packed twelve round affair over the gritty Dereck Chisora in Munich.
A loser of few rounds in his 46 fight career, Vitali boasts an impressive 87% knockout-to-fights ratio which is currently the highest of any heavyweight champion in history.
Can Manuel Charr put a damper on Vitali Klitschko's legacy?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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