Klitschko vs Charr Time, Odds and Pre-Fight FactsWritten by Lee Cleveland
*** UPDATE KLITSCHKO STOPS CHARR ON CUT, TKO 4. FINAL ROUND BELOW
Klitschko vs Charr fight time will be between 5 and 6 p.m. ET (10-11p.m. U.K) and the bout will be broadcast on HBO (in the U.S.) at the aforementioned time. Also, Klitschko-Charr will be carried on HBO before tonight's live broadcast of Ward vs Dawson.
And BoxNation subscribers can catch the action live and exclusive on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546.
Klitschko vs Charr Odds:
Odds, some twelve hours before fight time were -4,000 Klitschko, +2,000 Charr. If those odds hold, fans can win $1 by betting $40 on Klitschko and $20 with a $1 bet on Charr.
Tonight's fight may likely be Vitali's last as the 41 year old two-time heavyweight champion is seeking a career in politics and hopes to become Kiev's next mayor.
Elections are next month.
The 6'7 1/2" Vitali Klitschko has won and astonishing 44 of 46 bouts, amassing 40 knockouts along the way. In his most recent bout, he won an action-packed twelve round affair over the hard-nosed Dereck Chisora in Munich last February.
Dereck Chisora gave the elder Klitschko his stiffest challenge since Lennox Lewis in 2003 but Vitali overcame a shoulder injury and ultimately rose to the occasion. Although Vitali's performance was impressive, he appeared as vulnerable as he's looked in years. And while the Ukranian won by the scores of 118-110 twice and 119-111, he absorbed more than a few hard shots in a bout that was anything but a cakewalk.
Revenue-wise, Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye is still probably the biggest fight in the heavyweight division (unless the Klitschko brothers agreed to fight each other). If Vitali defeats Charr and the money is right, there's a chance the Ukrainian will fight David Haye in 2013 regardless of whether he wins next month's election.
A loser of few rounds in his 46 fight career, Vitali boasts an impressive 86% knockout-to-fights ratio which is currently the highest of any heavyweight champion in history.
Vitali is an aggressive fighter who often engages his opponents. And as a result, the slower, less mobile older brother isn't as defensive as Wlad. However, he's always in excellent fighting condition and is difficult to hit cleanly because he "fights tall" and utilizes his reach advantage very well.
Stylistically, Vitali is also very awkward, throwing weird, unconventional punches from odd, unsuspecting angles.
Can Manuel Charr spoil the Klitschko party and put a damper on the Ukranian's legacy?
Who is Manuel Charr?
Not much is known about Mr. Charr because he hasn't defeated a fighter of merit.
Dubbed 'Diamond Boy,' the 27 year old 6'3" 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.
Charr holds wins over the tough, rugged Sherman Williams in 2009 and Owen Beck in 2010. And last year, the German stopped an outdated Danny Williams.
Charr (21-0, 11 KO) is not ranked in the Top 10 by FightSaga nor The RING and, heading into today's bout, will be ranked No. 35 in the heavyweight division by BoxRec.
Tune in for Klitschko - Charr tonight!
Vitali Klitschko Facts
- Turned pro in 1996
- Vitali's 86% KO perecentage is the highest Knock Out-to-Fights ratio in the history of heavyweight champions
- Has stopped 10 of his last 13 opponents
- His only two losses to date came against Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis. Klitschko suffered a shoulder injury against Byrd and was terribly cut from clean punches by Lewis. Vitali was winning both fights at the time of the stoppage.
- Vitali is the first world boxing champion to hold a Ph.D (Sports Science)
- He has never been knocked out or knocked down in any professional boxing bout.
- He was awarded Germany's highest civilian award, the Federal Cross of Merit, due to his varied accomplishments
- Originally, Klitschko was an amateur kickboxer.
Manuel Charr Facts
- Manuel started his martial arts career with Thai boxin gat the age of 17. Only 2 years later he became the youngest ever German Champion in Muay Thai.
- In 2005 he became the German Champion and the European Champion in Thai-Boxing at 19
- Became a pro boxer in 2005
KLITSCHKO STOPS CHARR - TKO 4
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