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Mahmoud Charr Becomes WBA ‘Regular’ Heavyweight Champion Following Court Settlement

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Manuel Charr looks on during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and RB Leipzig at BayArena on November 18, 2017 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

It has been a years-long battle for German heavyweight boxer Mahmoud Charr to become acknowledged as the WBA ‘regular’ champion but it has finally happened — though this position still doesn’t make him a fully-regarded world champion due to Oleksandr Usyk’s own status as WBA ‘super’ champion. A recent court settlement between Charr and the WBA saw him become reinstated as a ‘regular’ champion after having been one two years ago only to be removed after the WBA ruled him to be too inactive.

Mahmoud Charr (34-4, 20 KO’s), 38, had actually captured the WBA world heavyweight title in 2017 after beating Russian fighter Aleksandr Ustinov. However, following his world title win, the German heavyweight’s title was eventually vacated due to his near 4-year hiatus from boxing.

Though he had been designated as a champion-in-recess during this hiatus, the WBA eventually removed him due to not fighting in the ring over a prolonged period. Charr eventually did return to the ring in May of 2021, but without the distinction as a champion.

Since his return to boxing, Charr has been embroiled with the WBA to reinstate his champion status and seems to have finally resolved this issue this week given the WBA’s decision to make him the regular champion of the heavyweight division.

However, there are two conditions he will need to fulfill in order to remain champion:

  1.  Charr must face #5-ranked WBA heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller before October 14
  2. The winner between Charr-Miller will then need to face the next available contender

Despite his ‘regular’ champion status which technically makes him a world champion, Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KO’s) is currently regarded as the real champion and will need to faced by Mahmoud Charr at some point if he wants to regard himself as a legitimate world champion.