Vitali Klitschko vs. Manuel Charr
|As of June 2012|
|As of May 2012|
Vitali Klitschko 248 lbs beat Mahmoud Charr 241 lbs by TKO at 2:04 in round 4 of 12
- Date: 2012-09-08
- Location: Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia
- Referee: Guido Cavalleri
- Judge: John Keane
- Judge: Predrag Aleksic
- Judge: Nobuaki Uratani
- Aired on: RTL, HBO
- World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (9th defense by Klitschko)
- Charr protests the stoppage
- Ring card girls
- Bout confirmed on July 2.
- In the build-up, Vitali did not hide the fact that the upcoming fight was going to be his last.
- Originally the venue for the fight was supposed to be Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kyiv, Ukraine, however due to technical difficulties the fight was relocated to Moscow, Russia.
- Before the fight, Vitali's wife Natalia performed a song The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush. Her performance was estimated to be watched by 220 million viewers worldwide.
Vitali Klitschko retains WBC title
Associated Press, September 8, 2012
MOSCOW -- Vitali Klitschko stopped Manuel Charr in the fourth round to retain his WBC world heavyweight title Saturday night.
The 41-year-old Klitschko won by a technical knockout when the bout was stopped by the doctor with 56 seconds left in the round because of Charr's bleeding eyebrow.
It was Klitschko's ninth consecutive successful title defense since beating Samuel Peter in his comeback to the ring in 2008. The Ukrainian improved to 45-2 with his 41st knockout.
The 27-year-old Charr, a German born in Beirut, dropped to 21-1.
Klitschko dominated from the beginning and left little doubt about the outcome.
Charr desperately protested the doctor's decision to stop the fight.
"I'm a bit disappointed because I wanted to win by a real knockout not a technical one," Klitschko said. "I was ready to keep on fighting and Charr also wanted. But it was the doctor's decision and it was his responsibility."
Klitschko praised Charr, saying that he was "a real fighter with a big heart and one day he would become a champion."
Charr said that he "came to Moscow to become a champion."
"Everyone who knows me know that I never give up," Charr told reporters. "Vitali is a great champion but he didn't win today -- it was the doctor who won the bout. It was not our corner's decision."
Charr asked for a rematch, but Klitschko said that the German had already had his chance.
"I understand your big desire to face Klitschko again, but you know that so many boxers would like do it and if we meet so often we won't give a chance for the others," Klitschko said.
Charr spent most of the first round covering up and offering little offense but managed several punches in the end.
He was mostly on defense in the second round but Klitschko finally knocked him down. Charr got up and stood in the corner. But when the referee counted to three, the bell marked the end of the round.
"I provoked him (Charr) to be more aggressive and he began to make more mistakes," Klitschko said. "This was my tactics."
Midway through the third round Klitschko managed a decisive hook into Charr's face.
Klitschko, who heads an opposition political party called "Udar" (Strike) in Ukraine, said he will have some rest and then will announce his future plans.
"I'm facing major tasks and not only in sports," he said. "I'll fly to Kiev in the morning and will be fully occupied with preparations for the parliamentary elections (in October) as the leader of the party.
"I'm 41 and I'm still boxing, but one cannot trick the nature -- I will have to hang my gloves on a nail soon."
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