Heavyweight boxing beast Vitali Klitschko may very well have stepped inside the squared circle for the final time when he took on Manuel Charr last night (Sat., Sept. 8, 2012) in Moscow, Russia.
If this was his goodbye, it was an unfortunate way to go out.
Klitschko systematically destroyed Charr, battering him all around the ring. In fact, he was so dominant, one might wonder why the fight was ever put together in the first place. Our friend Scott Christ of BadLeftHook.com gives his thoughts:
To say that Charr (21-1, 11 KO) was no match for Klitschko would be akin to saying that Jean-Marc Mormeck was no match for little bro Wladimir. Charr, as anyone sane expected, looked as if he had no real business in the ring with Vitali, and didn't fight like he wanted to be there, making his post-stoppage anger hard to understand beyond just understanding that he wishes he'd won. He didn't really try to win. Whatever his game plan was, it was silly.
The bout was stopped in the fourth round after Vitali opened a cut above Charr's right eye, which you can see in the awesome photo taken by Lars Baron. The end was coming sooner or later and as noted by Christ, it really didn't matter at all anyway. He wasn't ever going to win and he didn't.
Here's how the cut happened:
And here's Charr's reaction to the subsequent stoppage:
Gifs via Bloody Elbow.