By Rob Smith: Former heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr (22-1, 12 KO’s) got back to his winning ways with a 1st round blowout victory over Russian Konstantin Airich (24-9-2, 18 KO’s) on Friday night in winning the vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles at the Maritim Hotel, in Cologne Germany.
Charr, 28, never gave Airich a chance, as he opened up with everything in his arsenal, hitting him at will with shots until knocking him to the canvas with a left hook to the body. Airich stayed down and the fight was halted by referee Daniel Van De Wiele at 0:44 of the round.
Charr threw everything but the kitchen sink at him until knocking him down with a left to the body.
Charr, #8 WBC, lost previous fight to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko by a 4th round cut stoppage. Charr was over-matched in that fight and he looked like he didn’t belong in there with him. However, if Charr can keep beating journeyman opposition like Airich he should get another world title shot in a year or two. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KO’s) returns to the ring tonight to face Russian Konstantin Airich (24-8-2, 18 KO’s) in a battle for the vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles at the Maritim Hotel, in Cologne, Germany. Continue reading
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
September 11, 2012 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From September 9, translated from Spanish:
HOOK TO THE LIVER
By José Sulaimán
I took the plane trip to Russia to be present for the defense of our great world champion Vitali Klitschko, who fought against Manuel Charr – the first Syrian-Lebanese heavyweight title challenger in history.
Vitali came to visit me in my room, to thank me for having taken such a long journey to attend his fight. He also thanked me for all that the WBC has done for him, especially when he had to retire as champion due to injuries, and then received support and open doors from us to return and continue a magnificent career that has already touched the gates of glory.
This made me think about things in life. A champion of Vitali’s greatness has the humility, decency, and heart to express his appreciation, touching, of course, my innermost feelings, often wounded by the ingratitude and misunderstanding of others. They’ve been given every opportunity to become what they are, but then respond with lies and falsehoods. Continue reading
by Paul Strauss: (Vitali stops Charr in 4th on bad cut), DeMarco vs Molina – Junior sits it out, Ward vs Dawson – Andre makes another one look easy
To start off the night’s festivities, HBO showed a replay of forty-one year old Vitali Klitschko’s 4th round TKO destruction of Manuel Charr at the Olimpiyskia in Moscow, Russia. After the fight, announcer Jim Lampley asked Larry about the possibility of David Haye remaining a thorn in the side of the Klitschko brothers. Larry reminded Jim about Haye’s “Loser’s Limp” display done after his fight with Wladimir when he removed his shoe to show everyone his injured little toe. The implication was that was the reason for his loss. In Larry’s deliberate manner, he said Haye should have removed his shorts, which would have revealed the the real reason for his loss. It was obvious Larry meant we wouldn’t be seeing any Fruit of the Looms.
Well, Dr. Iron Fist had his boxer shorts on while showing a total disregard for anything Charr might try to do. Vitali kept both hands low, inviting Charr to try something. Charr’s strategy seemed to be to tire out Vitali by letting him tee off on him? Well, let that be a lesson to fledging boxers. If you simply hold up what you hope is a tight guard, but don’t punch back, your opponent is going to find a way to penetrate your defense, as did Vitali. Soon he was getting through with a variety of shots, and by the third round a cut had developed over Charr’s right eyelid. In the fourth, Referee Guido Callverli stopped the action long enough for the ringside physician to take a look. After twice wiping away a considerable amount of blood, the doctor said no go, and the fight was stopped. Larry and Max Kellerman thought it might have been a little premature. They alluded to Moscow’s lack of experience with world title fights. Lampley pointed out the physician seemed to have a German sounding name and not a Russian one, for all that’s worth. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s) added his 41st knockout of his career on Saturday night in stopping a game but badly overmatched Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KO’s) in a 4th round stoppage at the at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. The fight was halted after Vitali opened up a bad cut over the 27-year-old Charr’s right eyebrow in the 4th round after connecting with a left hook to the head. Charr was furious with the stoppage and packed back and forth, swearing.
However, he wasn’t doing anything in the fight other than just taking terrible punishment. Vitali knocked Charr down with a hard right hand at the end of the 3rd round. It was pretty clear that Charr would have been badly hurt if the fight had gone into the second half of the fight because he was literally a punching bag tonight, and unable to land any shots. Vitali landed whatever he wanted against the helpless Charr and made it look easy.
Undefeated heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov (16-0, 16 KO’s) was knocked down by a hard right hand from journeyman Jameel McCline (41-14-3, 24 KO’s) tonight but was able to come back to get a 2nd round stoppage by knocking McCline down with a jab. Abdusalamov, #13 WBA, was badly hurt after McCline tagged him with a tremendous right hand early in the 1st round. Abdusalamov stayed down a long time from that shot, and probably would have been finished off had McCline not stopped punching after that. It’s unclear why McCline backed off, because he Abdusalamov where he wanted him but he just seemed to go into a hole after that knockdown. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: If you’re interested in seeing a sick mismatch then in tune in to watch WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) deconstruct a badly over-matched opponent with a pumped up resume in 27-year-old Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) in their fight in Moscow, Russia. The fight will be televised on HBO tonight as part of a split site telecast with WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward facing Chad Dawson.
Vitali must have closed his eyes and picked an opponent randomly in selecting Charr, because I can’t imagine a worse opponent than this for Vitali. To say that the slow as molasses Charr is tailor made for Vitali is putting it lightly. This guy was created to be knocked out by Vitali. Charr has no hand speed, average power and is so easy to hit. He’s not really even proven that he can dominate the 2nd tier fighters that he’s built up his unbeaten record on. Charr’s win over Zack Page was highly controversial.
I had Page winning that fight by four rounds, but I was surprised that the German based Charr got the decision. Charr also looked awful against Danny Williams, Owen Back, Sharman Williams, Robert Hawkins and Taras Bydenko. Those should have been one-sided fights but they turned out to be life and death matches for Charr, and it was not impressive stuff from the 6’4 1/2″ fighter. Continue reading
By Glynn Evans: Weights: VITALI 112,5 kg / Manuel Charr 109,5 kg – One of the most dominant reigns in the rich history of the world heavyweight championship might be entering its final scene at the Olimpiyskiy, Moscow on Saturday evening when future Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) crown against Lebanon’s Manuel Charr. (And BoxNation subscribers can catch the action live and exclusive on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546)
Now 41, the 6ft 7in Kyrgyzstan born, Ukraine raised legend has hinted at an imminent career in politics and, one senses, only a financial blockbuster with protagonist David Haye, could persuade him to prolong his departure from the sport.
They say that there are few ‘certainties’ in heavyweight boxing but this is about as close as you get. Expect a triumphant parade rather than a competitive punch-up as the 14-1 on champion grants us one more chance to savour the qualities that have rendered him unbeatable for the past nine years.
‘Dr Ironfist’ hasn’t always have been the most adventurous holder of the ‘Greatest Prize in Sports’, but he is unquestionably one of the very best. In a career spanning 16 years and 46 fights, he has conceded just twice, both times due to injury whilst leading on the cards.
In April 2000, he surrendered his WBO title to Chris Byrd, retiring on his stool after nine rounds due to a shoulder injury. Three years after, he was pulled out by the doctor after six sporting an horrific gash, having given WBC czar Lennox Lewis an almighty fright at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. Continue reading
By BoxingBet.pl – 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.
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
(Photo by www.michaelsterlingeaton.com) 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