By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Former world title challenger Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr doesn’t understand why IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA super champion Wladimir Klitschko is reportedly still looking for an opponent for his voluntary title defense which is supposed to take place in late April or early May. “They have my number. They can stop searching and just send me the contract”, says Charr. “Probably Wladimir doesn’t want to fight me because he saw that Vitali could only beat me with the help of his doctor and the referee. I still want my rematch with Vitali and hope that he doesn’t make the same mistake as Lennox Lewis to retire with some unfinished business. I deserve a second chance. But if Vitali doesn’t want to fight I will take on the younger brother as well.”
Charr is convinced that he can cause some problems for the younger Klitschko. “Wladimir is not as strong as Vitali – physically and mentally. If I get my chance I will walk straight through him. I would end his career. Maybe this is my chance to get my hands on Vitali: Beat the little brother first so he has to come and take revenge. I can only say: I’m ready!”
As long as he doesn’t receive an offer from the Klitschko camp, Charr is planning to remain active defending his WBC silver international championship belt against Turkish powerhouse Yakup Saglam on February 22nd in Galati, Romania. Currently the “Diamond Boy” is preparing for his next fight in Cologne, Germany, with his new coach Scott Welch. “The Brighton Rock” is a former British heavyweight champion who challenged Henry Akinwande for the WBO world championship in 1997.
“I see a lot of myself in Manuel”, says Welch. “I think I can really help him with my experience. He’s got all it takes to become a world champion. He has the right mindset, huger heart and willpower. He is big enough, trains hard and always shows up in shape. I am happy and proud to work with him. We focus on Yakup Saglam now and take on the Klitschkos after that.”