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Manuel Charr (born Mahmoud Omeirat Charr; 10 October 1984, Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-born Syrian-German professional boxer and the current WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion. He has challenged once for the WBC title.[1] In 2015, Charr was shot four times in the stomach after confronting an internet troll in a German fast-food restaurant.[2] Charr underwent double-hip replacement surgery in May 2017.[3]

Manuel Charr
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Real nameMahmoud Omeirat Charr
Nickname(s)Diamond Boy
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
NationalitySyrian and German
Born (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 34)
Beirut, Lebanon
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins31
Wins by KO17
Losses4

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Early life and careerEdit

Manuel started his martial arts career with Thai boxing at the age of 17. Two years later he became the youngest ever German Champion in Muay Thai. In 2005 he became the German Champion and the European Champion in Thai-Boxing at the age of 19. Due to his track record in Thai-Boxing, in 2000 Manuel was invited to a training camp for professional boxers at the famous Max Schmeling Gym in Berlin. Here his professional boxing career started under the supervision of the famous German boxing coach Ulli Wegner.

Amateur boxingEdit

  • 2002 TeutoCup Champion (Germany)
  • 2003 District Champion (Germany)
  • 2004 Westfahlen Champion (Germany)
  • 2004 Western German Champion

Professional boxingEdit

Charr was slated to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on September 8, 2012 in Moscow, Russia for the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

Charr turned up during the post-fight press conference of the David Haye-Dereck Chisora fight on July 14 (Haye won via TKO in the 5th round) in order to challenge Haye, after promising to defeat Klitschko in September.

Klitschko won the fight via TKO when Charr had to be stopped due to a cut received from Vitali's punches. Charr strongly protested the stoppage but the decision stayed giving Charr the first defeat of his professional career.[4]

Manuel Charr defended his WBC International Silver heavyweight title against Yakup Saglam in Galaţi, Romania on February 22, 2013.[5]

A few days before a scheduled WBA Title fight against Fres Oquendo in September 2018, Charr tested positive for Drostanolone and Trenbolone, and as a result the fight was cancelled.[6]

Manuel Charr vs David HayeEdit

Charr was due to fight David Haye at Manchester Arena on 29 June 2013.[7] However, Haye pulled out of the fight due to a hand injury and decided to fight Tyson Fury instead on September 28. That bout was also cancelled.

Personal lifeEdit

Manuell Charr was born in Lebanon in 1984 to a Lebanese mother and a Syrian father. His father died in Lebanese Civil War. In 1989 when he was five years old, he and his family fled to Germany where he grew up in Essen. Now Charr lives in Cologne. He has suffered chronic hip pain most of his adult life and has had both hips replaced.

Essen shootingEdit

In 2015, an altercation at a kebab shop in Essen led to a drive-by shooting which left Charr shot four times in the abdomen and forced to undergo emergency surgery that night to save his life. Charr was dining with rapper Kay One at the time of the incident, which occurred following an argument with an online troll who had been abusing the boxer for some weeks.[8] The perpetrator, whom Charr identified to police, turned himself in to police[9].

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
35 fights 31 wins 4 losses
By knockout 17 3
By decision 14 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Win 31–4   Alexander Ustinov UD 12 2017-11-25   König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Won vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title.
34 Win 30–4   Sefer Seferi UD 10 2016-09-17   Göppingen, Stuttgart Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title.
33 Win 29–4   Andrei Mazanik TKO 7 (8), 2:08 2016-06-04   Autohaus Duerkop, Kassel, Hessen
32 Loss 28–4   Mairis Briedis KO 5 (10), 2:55 2015-08-22   Akhmat-Arena, Grozny
31 Win 28–3   Alex Leapai UD 10 2015-05-22   Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
30 Loss 27–3   Johann Duhaupas MD 10 2015-04-10   Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
29 Win 27–2   Michael Grant RTD 5 (10), 3:00 2014-10-24   Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
28 Loss 26–2   Alexander Povetkin KO 7 (12), 1:09 2014-05-30   Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia For WBC International heavyweight title.
27 Win 26–1   Kevin Johnson UD 10 2014-04-12   Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
26 Win 25–1   Dennis Bakhtov RTD 5 (12), 3:00 2013-10-19   Messehalle, Leipzig, Sachsen Won vacant WBC CIS & Slovac Boxing Bureau (CISBB) heavyweight title, retained WBC International Silver, WBC Baltic & WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles.
25 Win 24–1   Oleksiy Mazikin KO 3 (12), 2:10 2013-06-15   Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen Retained WBC Baltic & WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles.
24 Win 23–1   Yakup Saglam RTD 2 (12), 3:00 2013-02-22   Galaţi Skating Rink, Galaţi, Galaţi County Retained WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
23 Win 22–1   Konstantin Airich KO 1 (12), 0:44 2012-12-22   Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight title.
22 Loss 21–1   Vitali Klitschko TKO 4 (12), 2:04 2012-09-08   Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District For WBC heavyweight title.
21 Win 21–0   Taras Bidenko UD 12 2012-03-30   Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
20 Win 20–0   Marcelo Luiz Nascimento RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2011-11-18   Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen Won vacant WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
19 Win 19–0   Serdar Uysal DQ 1 (6), 1:28 2011-09-03   Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
18 Win 18–0   Danny Williams TKO 7 (8), 1:16 2011-06-25   Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
17 Win 17–0   Jonathan Pasi TKO 5 (8), 2:58 2011-02-19   Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
16 Win 16–0   Zack Page MD 8 2010-12-04   Sport Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
15 Win 15–0   Robert Hawkins RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2010-11-19   Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
14 Win 14–0   Owen Beck TKO 10 (10), 2:44 2010-01-09   Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt
13 Win 13–0   Sherman Williams UD 10 2009-10-10   Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
12 Win 12–0   Ramon Hayes TKO 3 (8), 0:42 2009-06-06   Koenig Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
11 Win 11–0   Gbenga Oloukun KO 7 (8), 1:29 2009-04-25   König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen
10 Win 10–0   Adnan Serin UD 6 2008-05-31   Burg-Waechter, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9 Win 9–0   Edgars Kalnārs UD 4 2008-04-19   Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt
8 Win 8–0   Aleksandrs Selezens UD 4 2008-04-05   Burg-Waechter, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
7 Win 7–0   Pedro Carrion MD 8 2006-05-13   Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen
6 Win 6–0   Radovan Kuca KO 1 (6), 1:35 2006-04-08   Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
5 Win 5–0   Stefan Baumann TKO 1 (6), 0:38 2006-01-28   Tempodrom, Kreuzberg, Berlin
4 Win 4–0   Valentin Marinel KO 2 (4), 0:40 2005-07-16   Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern
3 Win 3–0   Özcan Cetinkaya UD 4 2005-06-11   Big Box, Kempten, Bayern
2 Win 2–0   Nandor Kovacs TKO 2 (4) 2005-05-28   Lugner City, Vienna
1 Win 1–0   David Vicena UD 4 2005-05-14   Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern Professional debut.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Manuel Charr - Boxer". Boxrec.com.
  2. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150903/sports-other-sports/article/germany%E2%80%99s-boxing-star-manuel-charr-shot-snack-bar
  3. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/alexander-ustinov-vs-manuel-charr-lands-on-boxnation--122754
  4. ^ "Vitali Klitschko beats Manuel Charr in four rounds". www.bbc.co.uk. 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Alekseev Beats Wilson, Charr KO's Saglam, Hammer Wins - Boxing News". boxingscene.com.
  6. ^ "Boxen: Positiver Dopingtest - WM-Kampf von Weltmeister Charr abgesagt". Spiegel Online. 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. ^ "David Haye to fight Manuel Charr at Manchester Arena in June". www.bbc.co.uk. 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/manuel-charr-hospitalised-after-being-shot/
  9. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/suspect-shooting-german-boxer-manuel-charr-turns-himself-192234657--box.html

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18 November 2011 – July 2014
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21 December 2012 – June 2013
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21 December 2012 – March 2014
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19 October 2013 – July 2015
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17 September 2016 – December 2017
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