On September 8th Manuel Charr challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown in Moscow, Russia.
Barely known to the boxing world before his title fight, Charr wanted to use his chance to enter the big stage with a bang, shock the world and become the first German (based) world heavyweight champion since the legendary Max Schmeling. Instead the "Diamond Boy" was stopped by a in round four.
"I know that I am a slow starter but my game plan was to come up stronger and stronger in the second half of the fight", said Charr. "It’s too bad I didn’t get the chance to show the world what I got. I have to live with the decision but it was without a doubt a very unsatisfactory ending. A lot of questions still remain and I keep on asking myself: What if...
But I want to look ahead instead of looking back. I still have my dream to become heavyweight champion of the world and I hope that I get another shot at Vitali before he retires. "
Charr starts his campaign for a possible second title fight this Friday (December 21st) in Cologne, Germany, when he takes on hard-hitting Konstantin Airich in a WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight championship bout. The show is labeled as "X-MAS FIGHT NIGHT" and with only one week to go until Christmas Eve, Charr posed as "Santa Clause" at today’s press conference and gave his foe a green hat calling him "The Grinch".
"Airich is "The Grinch" who wants to steal Christmas and all my presents", said Charr. "But I won’t let him get away with that. I have to stop him in order to get another shot at the world title. This is what I live and fight for."
"I have been waiting for a chance to fight Manuel Charr for a long time", said "Grinch" Airich. "I like and respect Manuel as a fighter and as a person but he chose the wrong guy for this fight. I came to Cologne to ruin his Christmas and that’s what I will do Friday night."
December 18, 2012