German boxer Manuel Charr became World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion after beating Russian Alexander Ustinov by unanimous decision in Oberhausen, Germany, on Saturday night.
Both began the fight looking to exchange punches. However, Charr started raising his level and connecting the best punches. Thus, he managed to make the Russian stagger in the seventh round and knock him down in the eighth, which undoubtedly gave him advantage on the judges cards.
The judges voted as follows: 115-111, 116-111 and 115-112, in favor of Charr, who has a new record of 31 victories, 4 defeats and 17 knockouts.
Now, the new WBA Champion’s team must negotiate with Puerto Rican Fres Oquendo. Both fighters must reach an agreement before December 22 or the fight will be called to a purse bid.