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Tyson Fury interested in Manuel Charr fight

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By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is kicking around the idea of fighting for a world title in his comeback fight by challenging newly crowned WBA World heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) for his title. Charr, 33, captured the vacant WBA title last Saturday night in beating 40-year-old Alexander Ustinov by a 12 round unanimous decision in Oberhausen, Germany.

Many boxing fans thought Ustinov had did enough to win the fight, but the German based Charr was given the decision. Boxing News 24 had Ustinov winning the fight.

Fury feels that Charr would be a good comeback opponent, and he sees himself coming into the fight in the 266-pound range. That’s a little heavier than Fury’s prime weight of 250 during his best years of his boxing career.

“For the comeback fight, for somebody like Manuel Charr… I could come back at 19 odd stone,” said Fury to Talksport.co.uk. ” I think that makes quite a bit of sense because Manuel Charr has just won the belt and I think he makes quite a lot of money through fighting me.”

If Fury wants the Charr fight, he’s going to need to let his management know right now so they don’t schedule him against someone else. Charr is an easy mark for a lot of the heavyweights in the division. Even an out of shape Tyson Fury would likely beat the brakes off Charr. Fury still needs to meet with the UK Anti-Doping agency in December to get permission to continue his career. If they say yes, then we’ll likely see Fury back inside the ring in 2018, if the British Boxing Board of Control gives him back his license.

The World Boxing Association was supposed to be reducing the amount of titles they have in each division, but they’re taking their time when it comes to the heavyweight division. The WBA has 2 champions with their organization at heavyweight. Charr is the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion, and Anthony Joshua is the WBA ‘super’ champion. Without the WBA keeping 2 champions at heavyweight, Charr would have never had a chance to pick up the world title last Saturday against Ustinov.

“It also gives me the opportunity to become a two time heavyweight champion of the world in a relatively comfortable fight that I believe would be comfortable for me in winning,” said Fury about him beating Charr to win the WBA title.

Up until the Charr-Ustinov fight, Fury had been flapping his gums about wanting top possibly fight former WBC cruiserweight strap holder Tony Bellew for his comeback fight. Fury has quieted down about that fight. It’s obviously a low priority compared to beating Charr to win the WBA title. For Fury to capture the WBA title, it would help him get a better deal potentially in a fight with Anthony Joshua in 2018.

Fury would go into the Joshua fight a world champion rather than a challenger. It also helps drive interest in the boxing world if Fury wins the WBA title from Charr before he faces Joshua. Beating Bellew would be no big deal, because he’s just a small 213 lb. pumped up cruiserweight. Fury gains nothing from beating Bellew.


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