Charr vs. Vitali this Saturday night in Moscow
By Jason Kim: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) will be defending his World Boxing Council title against unbeaten challenger Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) on Saturday night in a fight televised by HBO at the Olympiyskiy in Moscow, Russia. This could be the 41-year-old Vitali’s last fight of his career depending on whether he gets elected to office in the Ukrainian parliament elections in October.
Vitali, 6’7″, has lost a couple of steps in the last year and he’s now looking more beatable than he ever has before. In his last fight, Vitali labored to a 12 round unanimous decision against Dereck Chisora in February of this year in Munich, Germany. Chisora exposed Vitali’s stamina problems by pressuring him throughout the fight and forcing Vitali to work a lot harder than he wanted to. What perhaps kept Chisora from winning the fight was his inability to throw enough punches to stay competitive for the full 12.
Vitali’s opponent the 27-year-old, 6’3 1/2″ Charr isn’t the greatest fighter in the heavyweight division, but he’s plenty of youth, heart and power to give Vitali a lot of problems in this fight.
Charr has breezed through most of his opposition during his seven-year pro career apart from his fights against Zack Page and Danny Williams. Those two fights proved to be a little tougher than Charr expected them to be. But in the end his power and workrate enabled him to get past these two fighters.
Charr will have to raise his game considerably if he wants to pull off an upset of the 6’7″ Vitali. He’s giving away a lot in the height and reach department, but he’s got the power and youth to win this fight. Vitali is now little more than an aging arm puncher and is ripe for the picking at this point in his career. Don’t be surprised if Charr pulls off a big upset and unseats Vitali.
The Vitali-Charr fight will be telecast on HBO as part of a split site telecast along with the super middleweight fight between WBA/WBC 168 pound champion defending his titles against Chad Dawson at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States.