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Vitali defends WBC heavyweight title against Charr tonight

Manuel Charr Vitali KlitschkoBy Allan Fox: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) is ready to make his 9th title defense tonight agaisnt challenger Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. This fight shapes up to be one of Vitali’s easiest title defenses in many years, because Charr doesn’t have the style to get away from Vitali’s big shots like many of Vitali’s other over-matched opposition.

Charr, 27, is like a walking punching bag with arms without the speed to fire back. Vitali isn’t a very fast puncher either, but Charr is even slower than him and he’s really struggled against weak opposition.

Whatever the case, this is a fight that Vitali his German management wanted for some reason. You can understand from their perspective. Charr is a German based fighter with an inflated record and he’s well known – and liked – among the German fans. It’s a fight that makes sense for Vitali to please his German fans, but it’s not one that will make other boxing fans happy around the world because it’s going to be so badly one-sided.

Charr’s skills are as such: Decent power with his right hand, a good chin, and a lot of heart.

Charr’s weaknesses are as follows: No defense, slow hand speed, slow footwork, easy to hit, cuts easily, zero experience against quality opposition, doesn’t cut off the ring well due to his slow footwork, and a poor ring IQ.

There’s not much to get excited about with Charr. He’s got a controversial win over journeyman Zack Page from two years ago, and he looked absolutely horrible in struggling against Danny Williams last year in June in beating him by a 7th round stoppage. A way past his best Williams was fighting Charr to a standstill through most of the fight until tiring in the 7th and getting stopped.


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