Former WBC heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr is now set to defend his Baltic title against Oleksiy Mazakin on Saturday night in Hessen, Germany after original being scheduled to face Evgeny Orlov over ten rounds.
The 28 year-old, who was all set to battle ex-world champion David Haye this summer until the Briton pulled out with a hand injury, is keeping himself busy while awaiting news of whether he or Tyson Fury will get the nod to face the ‘Hayemaker’ next.
Veteran Ukrainian opponent Mazikin, 38, has lost six of his last eight contests, most of which were to fringe world contenders and should be an easy warm-up for a potentially bigger test to come later in the year for Charr.
Despite Haye’s trainer Adam Booth insisting that Charr would be first in line once his fighter recovers from injury, the respected coach was seen live on UK TV over the weekend offering the possible pay-per-view fight to Fury.
Talks are said to be ongoing between the two highly-ranked boxers and Charr may well return to first plan of entering the upcoming WBC World Cup as the Lebanese slugger searches for another crack at a world crown.