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Charr prepared to go 12 rounds to beat Vitali on Saturday

By – Reputable Russian trainer Valery Bielov, who was hired by Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO) before the upcoming with Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) believes that the Lebanon-born fighter is mentally strong and has a real chance to beat the 41-years old Ukrainian. The Russian specialist, who worked with Alexander Povetkin in the past, expects that the fight between Charr and the Ukrainian champion will go to the distance.

– The most important thing for a fighter is to overcome fear. That’s why I focused on that. I wanted Manuel to be aggressive and even arrogant. There is only one goal – to win the fight. We will try to realize our plan. It’s too early to talk about a knockout, but we’ll have to look for a way to win. We are prepared for a long battle. I think this fight will last full 12 rounds – Belov predicts.

The fight between the two will go down on Saturday at the Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Vitali Klitschko defends WBC heavyweight title against Manuel Charr on Saturday

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (September 5, 2012) K2 Promotions’ week got off to a sensational start this past SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 as World Boxing Association – WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin became the talk of the boxing world storming to a fifth round stoppage of European Champion Grzegorz Proksa in his highly anticipated US and HBO debut.

This SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against Manuel Charr at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Arena in Moscow, Russia which will also be broadcast on a tape delayed basis on HBO (9:45pm ET/6:45pm PT).

Also this Saturday, HBO will present the US broadcast premiere of KLITSCHKO, a revealing all-access look at Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the first brothers ever to unify the heavyweight titles.

Directed by International Emmy winner Sebastian Dehnhardt and spanning four decades, the Cold War, an Olympic gold medal, a nuclear disaster, a political campaign and seven world championship titles, the documentary details the two brothers’ rise to athletic supremacy when it debuts SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 (5:30-7:30 p.m. ET/PT). Continue reading

Dawson vs. Ward, Klitschko vs. Charr & DeMarco vs. Molina on Saturday night on HBO

(Photo by A super middleweight showdown featuring two of the world’s top ten fighters commands the spotlight when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ANDRE WARD VS. CHAD DAWSON AND ANTONIO DEMARCO VS. JOHN MOLINA JR. is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 (9:45 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Oracle Arena in Oakland, exclusively on HBO. The night of action begins with VITALI KLITSCHKO VS. MANUEL CHARR, a same-day, tape-delay heavyweight title showdown presented from Moscow’s SC Olimpiyskiy Sports Arena. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will call all the action back-to-back, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 9 (8:00 a.m.) and 10 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Sept. 9 (3:00 p.m.) and 11 (11:00 p.m.)

Super middleweight champ and hometown hero Andre Ward (25-0,13 KOs) puts his title on the line against light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson from New Haven, Conn. (31-1, 17 KOs) in an intriguing 12-round bout that features the best fighters from the 168-pound and 175-pound divisions. Continue reading

Vitali Klitschko: We chose a tough opponent in Charr

By World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) and Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO) participated today in a press conference which took place in Moscow, Russia. Both fighters talked about their upcoming fight which is scheduled for next Saturday. The 41-years old Ukrainian doesn’t undermine his opponent and expects a real battle.

– We chose one of the most toughest opponents. Charr is young, aggressive and strong. I’m sure our fight will be very interesting. I’m going to prove that I deserve to hold the most prestigious title. I’m concerned before the fight, because I don’t want to disappoint my team, my fans and my family.

However, I’m not afraid of my opponent. I could see in Charr’s eyes that he came here to fight and get my title. I studied all his fights. Nobody is perfect, so I’ll try to take advantage of his weaknesses – Klitschko said. Continue reading

Vitali defends his WBC title on Saturday against Charr

By Rob Smith: 41-year-old WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) will be defending his World Boxing Council title on Saturday night against the unbeaten and highly ambitious #7 WBC Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. Vitali has picked out an opponent with an unbeaten record but with little real substance to it. Charr is unbeaten but he’s not fought anyone in the top 15, and he struggled badly against a past his best Danny Williams and also against journeyman Zack Page.

With this possibly being Vitali’s last fight of his career it’s disappointing to see him pick out the 27-year-old Charr to fight instead of someone a little more talented like Denis Boytsov or Kubrat Pulev. Never the less, Vitali’s German fans watching the fight on television, as well as the Russian fans in Moscow, likely won’t care that Vitali is taking a soft touch in the incredibly slow Charr to beat up instead of someone that can give him a decent fight.

There’s a possibility that if Vitali gets past Charr in one piece without struggling he could end up facing former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in late December or early 2013. The chance is there but it’s still more likely that Vitali hangs up his gloves and goes into politics in Ukraine. Continue reading