Manuel Charr

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

Manuel Charr (born Mahmoud Omeirat Charr; 10 October 1984, Beirut, Lebanon) is a professional boxer who lives in Germany and is 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]

Early life and career[edit]

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 boxing[edit]

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

Professional boxing[edit]

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 Haye[edit]

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 life[edit]

He is of Syrian descent and was born in Lebanon. Manuel has suffered chronic hip pain most of his adult life and has had both hips replaced.

Essen shooting[edit]

In 2015, an altercation at a kabab shop in Essen, Germany 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 that had been abusing the boxer for some weeks.[8] The perpetrator, whom Charr identified to police, turned himself in to police[9].

Professional boxing record[edit]

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 Russia Alexander Ustinov UD 12 2017-11-25 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Won vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title.
34 Win 30–4 Albania Sefer Seferi UD 10 2016-09-17 Germany Göppingen, Stuttgart Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title.
33 Win 29–4 Belarus Andrei Mazanik TKO 7 (8), 2:08 2016-06-04 Germany Autohaus Duerkop, Kassel, Hessen
32 Loss 28–4 Latvia Mairis Briedis KO 5 (10), 2:55 2015-08-22 Russia Akhmat-Arena, Grozny
31 Win 28–3 Australia Alex Leapai UD 10 2015-05-22 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
30 Loss 27–3 France Johann Duhaupas MD 10 2015-04-10 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
29 Win 27–2 United States Michael Grant RTD 5 (10), 3:00 2014-10-24 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District
28 Loss 26–2 Russia Alexander Povetkin KO 7 (12), 1:09 2014-05-30 Russia Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia For WBC International heavyweight title.
27 Win 26–1 United States Kevin Johnson UD 10 2014-04-12 Germany Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
26 Win 25–1 Russia Dennis Bakhtov RTD 5 (12), 3:00 2013-10-19 Germany 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 Ukraine Oleksiy Mazikin KO 3 (12), 2:10 2013-06-15 Germany Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen Retained WBC Baltic & WBC Mediterranean heavyweight titles.
24 Win 23–1 Germany Yakup Saglam RTD 2 (12), 3:00 2013-02-22 Romania Galaţi Skating Rink, Galaţi, Galaţi County Retained WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
23 Win 22–1 Kazakhstan Konstantin Airich KO 1 (12), 0:44 2012-12-22 Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won vacant WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight title.
22 Loss 21–1 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 4 (12), 2:04 2012-09-08 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District For WBC heavyweight title.
21 Win 21–0 Ukraine Taras Bidenko UD 12 2012-03-30 Germany Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
20 Win 20–0 Brazil Marcelo Luiz Nascimento RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2011-11-18 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen Won vacant WBC International Silver heavyweight title.
19 Win 19–0 Turkey Serdar Uysal DQ 1 (6), 1:28 2011-09-03 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
18 Win 18–0 United Kingdom Danny Williams TKO 7 (8), 1:16 2011-06-25 Germany Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
17 Win 17–0 Germany Jonathan Pasi TKO 5 (8), 2:58 2011-02-19 Germany Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
16 Win 16–0 United States Zack Page MD 8 2010-12-04 Germany Sport Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
15 Win 15–0 United States Robert Hawkins RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2010-11-19 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
14 Win 14–0 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 10 (10), 2:44 2010-01-09 Germany Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt
13 Win 13–0 United States Sherman Williams UD 10 2009-10-10 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
12 Win 12–0 United States Ramon Hayes TKO 3 (8), 0:42 2009-06-06 Germany Koenig Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
11 Win 11–0 Nigeria Gbenga Oloukun KO 7 (8), 1:29 2009-04-25 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen
10 Win 10–0 Turkey Adnan Serin UD 6 2008-05-31 Germany Burg-Waechter, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9 Win 9–0 Latvia Edgars Kalnārs UD 4 2008-04-19 Germany Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt
8 Win 8–0 Latvia Aleksandrs Selezens UD 4 2008-04-05 Germany Burg-Waechter, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
7 Win 7–0 Cuba Pedro Carrion MD 8 2006-05-13 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Sachsen
6 Win 6–0 Czech Republic Radovan Kuca KO 1 (6), 1:35 2006-04-08 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
5 Win 5–0 Germany Stefan Baumann TKO 1 (6), 0:38 2006-01-28 Germany Tempodrom, Kreuzberg, Berlin
4 Win 4–0 Romania Valentin Marinel KO 2 (4), 0:40 2005-07-16 Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern
3 Win 3–0 Turkey Özcan Cetinkaya UD 4 2005-06-11 Germany Big Box, Kempten, Bayern
2 Win 2–0 Hungary Nandor Kovacs TKO 2 (4) 2005-05-28 Austria Lugner City, Vienna
1 Win 1–0 Czech Republic David Vicena UD 4 2005-05-14 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern Professional debut.


  1. ^ a b "Manuel Charr - Boxer".
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  4. ^ "Vitali Klitschko beats Manuel Charr in four rounds". 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Alekseev Beats Wilson, Charr KO's Saglam, Hammer Wins - Boxing News".
  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". 28 April 2013.
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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBC International Silver
heavyweight champion

18 November 2011 – July 2014
Title next held by
Edmund Gerber
Title next held by
Andrzej Wawrzyk
WBC Baltic
heavyweight champion

21 December 2012 – June 2013
Title next held by
Artur Szpilka
Title last held by
Erkan Teper
WBC Mediterranean
heavyweight champion

21 December 2012 – March 2014
Title next held by
Agit Kabayel
Title last held by
Andrzej Wawrzyk
WBC CIS & Slovac Boxing Bureau (CISBB)
heavyweight champion

19 October 2013 – July 2015
Title next held by
Apti Davtaev
Title next held by
Eugene Hill
WBA International
heavyweight champion

17 September 2016 – December 2017
Title next held by
Johann Duhaupas
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Ruslan Chagaev
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

25 November 2017 – Present