According to a report in the newspaper Das Bild, former heavyweight title contender Manuel Charr was shot by another man while the boxer had his Döner in Essen.
A Döner, according to my German source, is a type of snack.
A police spokesperson said that the victim is in the hospital with injuries as of Wednesday evening and that the injuries are “probably not life threatening.”
The preceding events to the shooting are unclear. While photos obtained from Das Bild appear to show a wounded Charr on a stretcher being placed into the back of an ambulance, the police have neither confirmed nor denied that Charr is the victim.
Charr is a Lebanese born Syrian-German boxer who turned pro back in 2005. With a record of 28-4 with 16 knockouts, Charr got the chance of a lifetime to be the world heavyweight champion when he fought boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko in the Ukrainian’s final fight in 2012.
However, his dream turned from sheer excitement to a bloody mess. A well-timed jab opened up a nasty cut above the right eye, and the bout was halted in the fourth round.
He’s been one of the more active boxers around, fighting 10 times since December 2012. Nevertheless, his most recent bout could keep him on the sidelines.
Charr was knocked out in Pacquiao-Marquez IV type fashion on Aug. 22 when he took on the undefeated and unforgiving Mairis Briedis (17-0, 14 KO’s) of Latvia.
Briedis was baiting Charr as he was about to brush the ropes. Charr continued to come forward, missing with a short left hand, and was countered with a devastating right uppercut right on the chin, and crashed to the canvas face-first.
It was so brutal, members of his team looked stunned, physically ill as their fighter lay motionless.
The shooter shot Charr from a vehicle and fled the scene of the crime. He is still at large.