• Heavyweight

Charr confident of Haye knockout

ESPN staff
May 13, 2013
David Haye and Manuel Charr will lock horns in Manchester on June 29 © Getty Images

Manuel Charr is confident he will knock out David Haye in their June 29 showdown in Manchester and has set his sights on a rematch with Vitali Klitschko.

Charr suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Klitschko in Moscow last September, when he was stopped in the fourth round due to a bad cut.

And with wins over Konstantin Airich and Yakup Saglam since that night in Russia, Charr plans to see off Haye and earn the right to face the 41-year-old Ukrainian again.

"I want my rematch and to get it I have to knock out David Haye on June 29," Charr said. "So that is exactly what I will do.

"Vitali doesn't want to fight David and he doesn't want to fight me again, either. But if Vitali is any sort of champion he will look at this fight on June 29 and then fight the winner. We both want him and we have both earned the right to get a shot.

"He's never fought Haye, and Haye has called him out for three years now. Vitali said he wanted to knock him out, shut him up and all this other rubbish, but he never did anything about it. The fight has never happened, I won't let Vitali do the same to me."

Of his previous shot at Klitschko, Charr added: "It was my strategy to start slowly, make him miss a lot of punches and then come on strong in the middle and late rounds.

"He's an old man, very slow, and I expected him to get tired as the fight went on.

"If you watch round four I was landing a lot of punches on him before the fight was stopped. Vitali knew how that fight was going to end. He knew he couldn't beat me. And he didn't beat me - the doctor stopped the fight."

Klitschko has yet to confirm whether or not he will fight again as he embarks on a political career in his homeland.

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