Heavyweight Manuel Charr came into his challenge of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko by talking a very good game during the pre-fight build up but once the bell rang Saturday night at the Olympiyskiy in Moscow, the German based Lebanese boxer was never competitive.
As he has on so many previous occasions, Klitschko, of Ukraine, used his height advantage and awkward style to good effect, maintaining distance with a long jab while snaking damaging right hands through the guard of the 27 year old Charr.
Klitschko threw Charr a curve in the second by nailing the challenger with a crisp hook that produced a knockdown. Charr beat the count and resumed combat but he was only heading for more of the same.
Charr suffered a bad cut above his right eye and was soon covered in claret. By the fourth, Klitschko was landing at will and nailed Charr one too many times, prompting referee Guido Cavalleri to step in at 2:04 of the frame due to Charr's excessive bleeding.
With the win, Klitschko improves to 45-2 (41), making the ninth defense of his second WBC title reign. Charr suffers his first loss, moving to 21-1 (11).
The 41 year old Klitschko will now turn his attention to Politics as he prepares to stand as a candidate in the upcoming Ukrainian Parlimentary elections.