Manuel Charr: I want Haye and then Vitali
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has big goals for 2013. “I hope to get another chance to fight Vitali Klitschko for the World Boxing Council (WBC) world championship,” states Charr. “I will do whatever it takes to make this fight happen. I can only hope that Vitali doesn’t retire. I heard that David Haye wants to fight him, too. Well, David, we both have the same goal – so let us find out in the ring who should have the right to challenge Klitschko. I am hereby officially challenging you for an elimination bout!“
In his first world title shot in September in Moscow Charr was stopped by a cut in the fourth round. “Vitali didn’t beat me – his doctor did it for him,” says Charr. “I think David Haye said the same thing right after the fight.“ The “Diamond Boy“ has already checked different options to get a rematch against the older Klitschko brother.
After winning the WBC Silver international championship in March, Charr added the WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean title to his collection of minor regional belts by knocking out tough contender Konstantin Airich in one round on December 21st. “There are seven minor WBC belts – and I want to unify them all“, says Charr. “Once I have all the, small’ belts the only one missing will be the big green and gold title. And that’s what I’m looking for.“
Another chance to secure a title shot would be winning the “WBC World Cup“ which is supposed to start in May. “The WBC is looking for eight contenders for the World Cup“, states Charr. „I am honoured to be on the short list. The winner of the tournament will become the mandatory challenger for the world championship.“
The only problem: The World Cup is scheduled for a whole year which means that Charr – in case he wins the tournament – would be world title challenger in 2014 when Vitali Klitschko will most probably be retired. But the “Diamond Boy“ desperately wants to face Klitschko again to show the world that he can beat the best heavyweight fighter in the world.
“That’s why I am calling out David Haye. I am not ducking anybody and only looking for the biggest challenge out there. David, if you’re reading this, come on and fight me! I’m ready and only waiting for you – let’s get it on!“
DANSECO BAGS WBC’S JUDGE OF THE YEAR AWARD, ANOTHER REASON FOR FILIPINOS TO BE PROUD OF
NONITO Donaire Jr ain’t the only Filipino who bagged the distinction as best in the year.
Another reason for the Filipino to be proud of is a veteran international boxing judge, Rey Danseco, was adjudged as Boxing Judge of the Year” by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Danseco has distinction as well-rounded Filipino in Asian boxing scene and Judge of the Year 2010 and 2011 in the Philippines during the Annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Boxing Awards & Banquet of Champions before taking the biggest honor and recognition in his 8-year career.
The 39-year old pride of Calauag, Quezon received the award before a thousand delegates from 163 countries, including legendary American promoter Don King and most respected boxing judges and referees during the historic 50th Convention of the WBC at the at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico recently.
Donaire, 30, has named the “Fighter of the Year” by ESPN and Boxingscene by virtue of winning all his four-title fights, the latter two were by knockouts, this year.
In a news carried by USA Today, CBS and Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! reported Danseco is “considered among the best in the world” when he worked as one of the judges in the huge WBC middleweight title in June 16 at Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas where Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. knocked out Irish Andy Lee in round 7.
Boxingtalk’s Scott Shaffer also reported in one of his scrutinized news that Danseco “has no obvious bad decisions on his resume” after making a record as the first Filipino judge to work in Montreal, Canada for the historic rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal for the WBC light middleweight title.
“He (Danseco) did correctly have Hopkins beating Pascal in their second fight,” figured out Saturdaynightboxing.com.
American Laurence Cole, son of Dickie Cole, administrator of combat sports of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, refereed the Chavez Jr.- Lee fight, was named WBC’ Referee of the Year.
Cole, 49, served as the third man in the ring when Donaire knocked Jorge Arce out in the third round at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas last Dec. 15.
Donaire’s win catapulted his reputation as the Philippines’ best pound-for-pound fighter after Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez with a knockout last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.