This Saturday (Oct. 19th) in Leipzig, Germany, Manuel Charr tries to add another WBC belt to his collection when the “Diamond Boy” collides with Russian powerhouse Denis Bakhtov in a clash for Charr’s WBC Silver international, WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean plus the vacant WBC CISBB championship.
“It is my goal to win all WBC titles so Vitali Klitschko will have no other chance but to give me my rematch”, says Charr. “When I hold all the regional belts I will finally make my dream come true and take that big gold and green belt from Vitali.”
To achieve this ambitious goal, Charr has to beat Bakhtov first who has a history of destroying dreams of up and coming German heavyweight. Continue reading
Weigh-In Results from Leipzig, Germany
Robert Stieglitz (76,1 kg) vs. Isaac Ekpo (74,6 kg)
Manuel Charr (110,0 kg) vs. Denis Bakhtov (102,6 kg)
Dominic Bösel (79,1 kg) vs. Mirko Ricci (79,0 kg)
Jan Zaveck (66,4 kg) vs. Sebastian Allais (66,4 kg)
Dario Bredicean (77,8 kg) vs. Egidijus Kakstys (79,3 kg)
Tom Schwarz (104,8 kg) vs. Pavlo Nechyporenko (97,4 kg)
Steffen Sparborth (66,4 kg) vs. Deniz Ilbay (66,6 kg)
Tom Pahlmann (90,7 kg) vs. Olegs Lopajevs (87,5 kg)
All photos (c) SES Boxing / Peter Gercke
TV: SAT.1 live 22:20 Uhr German Time Continue reading
With the hand injury to former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye postponing their fight, #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) has decided to take a stay busy fight against 330 lb. Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov (13-1-1, 9 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout on June 15th this month at the Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany. Continue reading
#8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) might be little more than just a fringe contender in the division, but he is quite good at pushing for fights against top fighters. Charr campaigned for a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last year and got it despite never having faced any real quality opposition.
The outcome was predictable with Vitali easily stopping the over-matched Charr in four rounds and leaving him a bloody mess. Now, Charr is looking to get a fight with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s), and he recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up the severed head of Haye in a move to make fun of Haye having previously created a head of him holding the severed heads of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.
This was the same scenario with Haye talking himself into a fight with Wladimir but without the experience at the heavyweight level necessary for him to be successful.
The scary thing is Charr is considered to be the leading candidate for Haye’s June 29th fight in Manchester, which is slightly disappointing given that Haye’s manager/trainer Adam Booth had been talking big about how Haye’s next opponent would be a top 10 unbeaten contender. The last time I checked, Charr has been beaten by Vitali. Continue reading
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr is calling out former world champion David Haye again. “I heard that Haye is still looking for an opponent for his next fight. There’s no need to look any further. I’m right here waiting. Haye himself said that Vitali Klitschko couldn’t beat me – instead Vitali’s doctor won the fight for him. I still want my rematch against Klitschko. And Haye is my way to get there. Let’s do an eliminator for Vitali. I’m ready when you are, David!”
The “Diamond Boy” doesn’t only want to fight for gold and glory, he also wants to fight for the people in his home country Syria. Born as Mahmoud Omeirat Charr in Beirut, Lebanon, he lost his father in civil war and had to leave Syria to Germany when he was still a child. He made himself a name in his adopted home as “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr but his heart and his feelings are still with the people in his home country. Continue reading
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has to undergo surgery in Cologne today because of a meniscal tear. He already had the injury going into his last fight against Yakup Saglam on February 22nd in Galti, Romania.
“I was in pain and couldn’t stand properly but I wanted to fight anyways”, says Charr. “Lots of fans recognized that I was overweight. That’s because I could barely move in the last part of training camp. All I did was standing in front of the heavy bag and throwing some combinations. I couldn’t do any roadwork at all. Still I wanted that fight because I am so focused on my big goal to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I won’t be stopped on my way – not even by a serious injury!” Continue reading
Exclusive interview by Dan Emicus
Having pursued kickboxing initially, what made you to want to switch to boxing?
“I started kickboxing because I liked combat sports. But I didn’t do it for a long time because it felt so easy to reach all my goals. I became German Champion and European Champion. There was no real hard competition. It didn’t feel like a big challenge to me. But I like challenges. I thought that in boxing it’s harder to get to the top. You can’t become European Champion in two years in boxing. And of course, it’s nearly impossible to make a living out of kickboxing while the best boxers in the world make good money. So that definitely contributed to the decision, too.”
From amateur kickboxing straight into professional boxing, how did you find the transition between two different combat sports? Most boxers with an ex-kickboxing background find it difficult to un-learn certain habits, such as engaging their opponents squarely, but you’ve never seemed to have such issues? Continue reading
Former world heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr returns to action on February 22nd in Galati (Romania). The „Diamond Boy“ will defend his WBC Silver International Championship against 35-year old Turk Yakup Saglam. Saglam was scheduled to fight former world champion Ruslan Chagaev on December 1st in Dusseldorf but Chagaev didn’t show up for the weigh-in.
“Chagaev was scared, that’s why he didn’t come to fight me!”, said Saglam. Felix Sturm who promoted the show in Dusseldorf tried to convince former cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan to jump in as last-minute replacement. But Arslan didn’t want to fight Saglam either so the bout was cancelled.
“That two former world champions refused to fight Yakup Saglam tells you a lot about him and his power“, states Charr. “Chagaev just didn’t show up without any reason. I am not like that. I don’t duck anybody. So here I am giving Saglam the fight he has been waiting for for a long time.“ Continue reading
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has big goals for 2013. “I hope to get another chance to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC world championship,” states Charr. “I will do whatever it takes to make this fight happen. I can only hope that Vitali doesn’t retire. I heard that David Haye wants to fight him, too. Well, David, we both have the same goal – so let us find out in the ring who should have the right to challenge Klitschko. I am hereby officially challenging you for an elimination bout!“
In his first world title shot in September in Moscow Charr was stopped by a cut in the fourth round. “Vitali didn’t beat me – his doctor did it for him,” says Charr. “I think David Haye said the same thing right after the fight.“ The “Diamond Boy“ has already checked different options to get a rematch against the older Klitschko brother.
After winning the WBC Silver international championship in March, Charr added the WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean title to his collection of minor regional belts by knocking out tough contender Konstantin Airich in one round on December 21st. “There are seven minor WBC belts – and I want to unify them all“, says Charr. “Once I have all the, small’ belts the only one missing will be the big green and gold title. And that’s what I’m looking for.“
Another chance to secure a title shot would be winning the “WBC World Cup“ which is supposed to start in May. “The WBC is looking for eight contenders for the World Cup“, states Charr. „I am honoured to be on the short list. The winner of the tournament will become the mandatory challenger for the world championship.“ Continue reading
By Michael Collins: In a battle of recent former heavyweight title challengers, Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) might be facing #8 WBC Manuel Charr (22-1, 12 KO’s) in a still to be determined venue in Germany in March. The Charr-Chisora fight should be an interesting fight if it happens because both fighters can pack a punch but are unfortunately too deeply flawed to capture a world title at this time. Both fighters are crude brawlers so this should be an appealing fight for boxing fans that like to see a lot of slugging. Continue reading