When “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr and former WBA world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin step into the ring at Luzhniki Arena in Moscow (Russia) tonight (live on live.360fights.com / broadcast starts at noon EST / 6pm Central European Time) they will not only fight for the WBC international championship. According to Manuel Charr the fight will also be dedicated to the peace process in Syria.
“I respect Alexander Povetkin. He is a likable guy and a great champion. We will not only fight against each other in the ring – we also fight together for peace in the world and especially in Syria”, says Charr. “It is an honor to fight for the WBC international championship because the WBC has always supported the ‘Fight for Peace’ all around the world. And I know that WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is expecially concerned about the Middle East – just like his father Don José has always been.”
José Sulaiman who passed away in January would have celebrated his 83th birthday today. So the fight between Charr and Povetkin is not only dedicated to peace but also to the longtime WBC President. The show in Moscow also features the WBC Silver cruiserweight championship bout between Rakhim Chakhkiev and Santander Silgado from Colombia and the WBC CISBB welterweight championship bout between Aslanbek Kozaev and Igor Faniyan from Ukraine.
In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, former Yugoslavia, Syria and the USA the show will be broadcasted live on live.360fights.com (starting at 12pm noon EST / 6pm Central European time).
Povetkin vs. Charr this Friday in Moscow, Russia
Manuel Charr and Alexander Povetkin met in Moscow, Russia to hold their final press conference before their fight on Friday night. The tone was very respectful, but Charr made it clear: “Alexander Povetkin will not stop me on my way to a title! I am very grateful that Povetkin, his team and promoter Andrey Ryabinsky gave me this chance to fight in Russia. Unfortunately, hardly anyone dares to fight me. Povetkin is not afraid – but he will regret it bitterly stepping in the ring with me. I’ll beat him.”
The former WBA world champion Alexander Povetkin said: “I take my hat off to Manuel Charr for coming here to Moscow to climb into the ring against me. He is a good fighter and has heart but he has no chance against my quality. This is only a tune up fight for me on the way to more important and bigger fights.”
On Friday (May 30), the fans at the Luzhniki arena will find out whose optimism is justified.
Special guest and former champion Evander Holyfield will attend the fight in Moscow ringside: “This is a great fight, the heavyweight division needs such fights. I have the feeling that things are generally getting better in the heavyweight boxing scene. Stiverne against Arreola was already a really good fight. Charr against Povetkin will probably be even better.”