German heavyweight Manuel Charr promised to end the boxing career of WBC champ Vitaly Klitschko when the two meet in Moscow on Saturday.
“For sure, our fight will be the last for Vitaly,” Charr told Sportbox.ru “I'm mentally strong, calm, and confident that I’m better. It’s me who’ll come out as winner.”
The elder of the Klitschko brothers, who is 41 years old, has hinted that he may well quit boxing after the Moscow match.
Despite having a “secret” plan for the bout against the Ukrainian, Charr says there was nothing out of the ordinary is his preparations.
“I'm training in my usual manner: concentrate, listen to the music and talk to my coach. I'm always happy and cheerful,” the 27-year-old stressed.
The German boxer, who was born in Lebanon to Syrian parents, believes he has an advantage as Vitaly has other things on his mind than boxing.
“Klitschko is involved in politics,” he said. “I think it significantly distracted him from sports. And I'm a real fighter with a big and pure heart. I’m serious about what I do.”
Charr started his professional career in 2005 has since recorded 21 wins without a single defeat to his name.
Meanwhile, Klitschko’s coach, Fritz Sdunek, doesn’t share the German’s confidence, saying he “can only dream” about beating Vitaly.
“I think Vitaly has a good chance to deliver Charr his first ever knockout,” he said. “It’s most likely to happen in the second part of the bout.”
Vitaly Klitschko has stepped into the ring 46 times as a pro, winning 44 of those contests.
His last defeat came back in 2003, when he couldn’t continue his bout against Lennox Lewis due to a deep cut above the eye.