Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr is aiming high on the back of his recent win over Michael Grant as the German-based fighter is looking to be the first challenger to new WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.
Twice-defeated Charr, 30, is confident that he has the tools to take the newly-acquired green belt away from the solid American and hopes to pip Tyson Fury to a showdown against the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in the summer.
“I am happy that the USA have a world champion in Deontay Wilder as it was a long time ago for the last one which was Shannon Briggs. I think a fight with Wilder will be good for me and I believe if we meet I will destroy him,” Charr told World Boxing News.
“If he fights Tyson Fury it won’t be very interesting and will be 50/50 as I only think Fury can be very big and famous in the UK. Fury is fighting Christian Hammer which will be a good fight for Hammer. It’s a good promotion for his name and if Hammer wins it will be big for him.”
Asked whether rumours of a possible fight with Dereck Chisora had any foundation, Charr replied: “Dereck is great fighter. He fights hard and has a good heart for boxing, but the last fight for him against Fury was terrible and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Charr has already had one chance to claim the coveted WBC belt when losing out in the fourth round to Vitali Klitschko in 2012, although the ‘Diamond Boy’ still contests the cut stoppage until this day. A further push towards a world championship failed 20 months later when Alexander Povetkin halted Charr in seven rounds and that solitary knockout of Grant last year may not be sufficient to earn him a shot at Wilder.
Big-punching Wilder has a voluntary defense to consider upon his return to action, which could be in June or July, and Charr being ranked at number nine with the World Boxing Council means he remains an option for the champion.