Former heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr was shot yesterday in Essen, Germany.
Charr, whose 2012 title bid against Vitali Klitschko ended with a fourth-round cut stoppage, reportedly suffered no life-threatening injuries, but required surgery after his condition worsened in Essen's University Hospital. The alleged shooter, whose name has not been released, remains at large.
German newspaper Bild reported that Charr had gone to Essen to try and sort things out with someone he had issues with. Once Charr was at the diner, eyewitnesses report that the shooter pulled up in his car, shot him "multiple times," and drove away.
A police raid on the alleged shooter's apartment did not result in an arrest.
Charr has lost two of his last three bouts, sandwiching a win over Alex Leapai between losses to Johann Duhaupas and, most recently Mairis Briedis.
As the first link reports, Charr is thankfully out of immediate danger. We wish him a safe recovery.