Manuel Charr Had a Bizarre Run as the WBA “Regular” Champion
On May 15, former WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr (32-4, 18ko) took on the relatively unknown Christopher “Pretty Boy” Lovejoy (19-0, 19ko). The fight went completely under the radar. After nearly four years out of the ring, Charr scored a second round knockout over Lovejoy!
Lovejoy is a 37 year-old fighter that has not fought anyone of recognition. Fans mostly remember his public announcement via social media of having money issues that resulted in his filing for bankruptcy after dealings with legendary promoter Don King. With this, some thought he could maybe one day be a top contender, but knew he needed to show more.
CHARR IS STILL FIGHTING?
Charr is a known fighter within the hallways of boxing as he has been in the ring with several recognizable names. Former WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin and former title contenders Kevin Johnson and Michael Grant make that list. However, his first title opportunity also marked a career-first defeat against then WBC champion Vitali Klitschko back in September 2012.
He would go on to win the vacant WBA “regular” title against Oleksandr Ustinov back in November 2017. Moreover, his run as the champion was uneventful. Charr spent more time outside of the ring dealing with issues from failed PED tests, and Visa issues resulting in the organization stripping him of the title.
For whatever reason, the WBA must have a soft spot for Charr. They have him categorized as “champion-in-recess.” This means, if so desired, the former champion can come back and fight the current WBA “regular” champ Trevor Bryan. The two were supposed to meet on on several occasions, previously. The last meeting was cancelled due to Charr’s Visa issues. As a result, Bryan went on to destroy a completely-faded former WBC champion Bermane Steverne in January.
The aging former champion as he is at the mercy of father time. It will be interesting to see what the next move will be!
By: Garrisson Bland