In likely his final bout as a professional, WBC heavyweight titlist “Dr. Iron Fist” Vitali Klitschko will batter “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr in front of 70,000 spectators on September 1 at Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
The 40-year-old Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs), the owner of the second-highest heavyweight knockout percentage in history (86.9%), intends to pursue a political career in the Ukraine after manhandling the 27-year-old Charr (21-0, 11 KOs).
Vitali, a tough, rugged and strong man who could render any heavyweight ever unconscious with a sound connection to the kisser, has not been overcome since losing an extremely controversial sixth round TKO against Lennox Lewis in June 2003 due to a grotesque gash over the left eye of the mammoth Ukrainian.
Remarkably, Klitschko, who earned a silver medal as a super heavyweight at the 1995 World Amateur Championships in Berlin, has never once hit the canvas as a professional.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Charr’s in over his head against Klitschko,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He can’t mess with that monster.”
With the exception of Vitali’s younger brother, Wladimir, there is not a single active prizefighter who could “mess with that monster.”
Once the great Vitali Klitschko officially hangs-up his gloves, all heavyweight competitors should gather this autumn on October 28 to celebrate the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.by