Manuel Charr turned down the first money offer from Vitali Klitschko, who has now called his bluff and doubled the cash. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Apparently, big star and truly accomplished professional boxer Manuel Charr feels he's got some negotiating power in talks for a possible September fight against Vitali Klitschko, and has turned down an initial offer of €200,000.
So Vitali has called his bluff and upped the offer to €400,000. Now we'll see if Manuel Charr actually, really, truly wants this fight, or whether or not he just wanted to use the association with Vitali's name to raise his own profile.
Charr (21-0, 11 KO) really has no business getting a fight with Vitali in the first place, but at this point the brothers are just cycling through the slugs and making their money anyway, since it doesn't really matter who they fight. The last two "hopefuls" were David Haye and Tomasz Adamek, and both were easily thwarted in 2011. Alexander Povetkin has twice made clear he's not itching to fight Wladimir, and the WBA has made life easier for him by giving him the "regular" title, meaning he doesn't have to do much other than fight Ruslan Chagaev and Hasim Rahman if he doesn't want to do so.
If Charr winds up not signing, which won't surprise me in the slightest, the report says that Bermane Stiverne, Mariusz Wach, Luis Ortiz, and Seth Mitchell are alternatives. I guarantee you Mitchell isn't an alternative, but it's a nice name to throw out there considering the other three have a combined zero name value to most boxing fans.