By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Former world heavyweight title contender Manuel Charr will defend his WBC Silver international championship on February 22nd in Galati, Romania. The 28-year-old German had some twitter beef going on with unbeaten US contender Deontay Wilder over the last couple of days. “I don’t even know who that guy is”, says Charr. “I didn’t know he is a fighter. Nobody in Europe has ever heard about him. I checked his record and now I know why nobody knows or cares about Wilder. He should start fighting people with a pulse before calling me out. I want a rematch with Vitali Klitschko. I don’t think beating up a guy like Wilder will bring me any closer to that goal. But if he wants to come to Europe I might even give him a shot at my title. I am not ducking anybody and not running away.”
In his last fight Charr annihilated fellow German Konstantin Airich, stopping the self proclaimed “Sandman” with a body shot in less than two minutes. Now Charr wants to remain active and work his way up the ratings to earn another title shot. “Vitali knows how it feels when you are stopped by a cut in a world title fight”, states the “Diamond Boy”. “He also knows how it feels if the guy you want to beat retires and doesn’t give you a second chance. I hope that he doesn’t make the same mistake Lennox Lewis made some years ago. I really hope that he gives me another shot so I can prove to him, the world and myself that I am his legitimate successor. I want to be the best and I want to beat the best to get there.”
In the last couple of weeks there have also been talks about a possible fight between Charr and Dereck Chisora. Charr neglected that challenge saying the only British fighter he might be interested in would be David Haye. “But to be honest I’m not even interested in Haye”, adds Charr. “I will fight and beat him to get my hands on Vitali. That is my only goal. And I won’t stop asking for it until I get my second chance.”
Charr’s upcoming fight in Romania on February 22nd will be broadcasted live on Eurosport.