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.
Charr doesn’t really have the tools to be a world champion, but he’ll likely get one or two more chances during his career to fight for a world title. Charr is lacking in speed and boxing ability. He doesn’t match up well at all against the bigger heavyweights, and I suspect that he’ll continue to lose badly each time he steps it up against the best heavyweights. As you can see, Charr can beat 2nd tier journeyman level opposition just fine, but it’s the top level contenders where he struggles.
In undercard action, 39-year-old Danny Williams (44-15, 33 KO’s) was beaten by journeyman Werner Kreiskott (13-19-1, 8 KO’s) by an 8 round points decision. Both fighters traded a lot of heavy shots, but in the end Kreiskott was the busier guy and got the nod. Williams is getting up there in age and has now lost six out of his last seven fights. It’s unclear why he continues to fight, but I guess he has his reasons.