By Lee Dover
There are many questions being asked in the sporting world right now.
When will John Terry next grace the front pages of tabloid newspapers for another off-the-field no-no? Is Andy Murray really on the cusp of winning a Grand Slam title? How long until Michael Schumacher realises his marvellous days at Ferrari simply cannot be repeated?
However boxing faces only one question– can the Klitschko brothers ever be knocked off their joint thrones?
Vitali and Wladimir have been at the top of the food chain in the bruising sport for longer than we can remember, and no-one seems to have found the solution to knocking them of their perch. Just ask David Haye for first-hand experience when pursuing this task.
However, Vitali is about to face one of his most dangerous opponents when he puts his WBC world heavyweight championship on the line against the Diamond Boy Manuel Charr.
The German has certainly earned his stripes since turning professional in 2005, remaining undefeated in 21 fights. This has included 11 knockouts and resulted in the likes of Danny Williams, Owen Beck and Taras Bydenko all falling prey to his stiff fist.
The Diamond Boy believes that he is only days away from making Vitali bow to him.
I know Vitali’s trainer Fritz Sdunek and I worked with him. Therefore I know how he has prepared Vitali. I have my tactics against Vitali and I am 1000 per cent sure that my tactics will be better. I will be the new WBC world heavyweight champion — Charr
Paddy Power is offering 11/1 (from 16s) that Charr will be able to back up his words in the ring on Saturday night in their online betting.
But Vitali is not taken anything for granted heading into the bout.
We chose one of the most toughest opponents. Charr is young, aggressive and strong. I’m sure our fight will be very interesting.
Vitali’s record reads 44 wins, including a phenomenal 40 knockouts, and has put the likes of Juan Carlos Gomez and Tomasz Adamek in their place.
He even caused Dereck Chisora to have a hissy fit against Haye after humbling him in the ring earlier this year.
Vitali is 1/50 to record his 45th victory of his career this weekend, though the odds of 13/8 for the Ukrainian to win anywhere between the seventh and 12th round may hold a little more value.