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Charr ends Germany's 85-year wait for a world heavyweight champion

26 Novembre 2017

The heavyweight division has been booming in recent times and this Saturday night BoxNation subscribers will be able to watch Alexander Ustinov and Manuel Charr clash for the vacant WBA World Championship exclusively live.

He said he dedicated the title to Germany, which gave him the opportunity to build himself up.

"This is my gift to you all".

"Diamond Boy" kept his composure to see out a 116-111, 115-111, 115-112 triumph with the judges and must now make a mandatory defense against Fres Oquendo.

It sets up the prospect of a potential dust-up against IBF, IBO and WBA "super" champ Anthony Joshua, as well as the likes of Dillian Whyte and Hughie Fury.

Charr arrived in Germany in 1989 as a refugee.

In September 2015, he was left fighting for his life after being shot in the stomach following an altercation at a kebab restaurant in Essen.

Charr returned to the ring just seven months later, bearing the scars of the attack on his abdomen.

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Then came another setback earlier this year when both hips had to be replaced.

"What can I say, Germany - we are world champions", Charr told the audience after his victory in Oberhausen.

"From being shot to having two new hips, but I gritted my teeth".

Charr seemed to be in trouble in the first six rounds as the 2.02 metre-tall Ustinov, who had a 22.5 kilo weight advantage, dominated the fight.

However, as the Russian exhausted, Charr got stronger. Charr was cut over the left eye in round two.

However, the victor of this fight must immediately start negotiations with Puerto Rican Fres Oquendo, who has the right to fight for a world title after winning a dispute in a NY court.

His previous attempt ended in a fourth-round defeat when he was stopped by ex-WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012.

Charr ends Germany's 85-year wait for a world heavyweight champion