Vitali Klitschko will face Manuel Charr on September 8 in Moscow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title on September 8 in Moscow, facing Manuel Charr at SC Olimpiyski.
Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) is rumored to be heading for retirement, but will make a decision on where his boxing career is headed following October elections for the Ukrainian parliament. Charr (21-0, 11 KO) is an unheralded and frankly weak challenger, but realistically no worse than a lot of guys would be in this spot, and he's willing to talk his way into making this more interesting if nothing else:
"Vitali will see in my eyes that he cannot win the fight. Many think I will come to lose but I am coming to win. I will shock Vitali and the boxing world and get his title!"
And Klitschko, as he and brother Wladimir usually do, is doing his part to sell Charr as a viable opponent:
"Charr is young, hungry and undefeated. He is afraid of nobody, always marching forward. I know that he will be extremely motivated against me and that is why I will definitely not make the mistake to underestimate him. I will give my answer to all his trash talking inside the ring on September 8."
Most likely the fight will wind up carried by Epix in the United States, which has become the go-to network for international heavyweight boxing on American TV. Klitschko last fought on February 18, defeating Dereck Chisora in Germany.