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Doctor's decision allows Vitaly Klitschko to retain title, Manuel Charr loses

MOSCOW -- "I'm a bit disappointed because I wanted to win by a real knockout not a technical one," Klitschko said after the bout. "I was ready to keep on fighting and (Manuel) Charr also wanted. But it was the doctor's decision and it was his responsibility."

Klitschko praised Charr saying that he was "a real fighter with a big heart and one day he would become a champion."

Charr said that he "came to Moscow to become a champion."

"Everyone who knows me know that I never give up," Charr told reporters. "Vitaly is a great champion but he didn't win today — it was the doctor who won the bout. It was not our corner's decision."

Charr asked for a grudge match, but Klitschko said that the German had already had his chance.

"I understand your big desire to face Klitschko again but you know that so many boxers would like do it and if we meet so often we won't give a chance for the others."

Charr spent most of the first round covering up and offering little offense but managed several punches in the end.

He was mostly on defense in the second round but Klitschko finally knocked him down. Charr got up and stood in the corner. But when the referee counted to three, the bell marked the end of the round.

"I provoked him (Charr) to be more aggressive and he began to make more mistakes," Klitschko said. "This was my tactics."

Midway through the third round Klitschko managed a decisive hook into Charr's face.

Klitschko, who heads an opposition political party called "Udar" (Strike) in Ukraine, said he will have some rest and then announce his future plans.

"I'm facing major tasks and not only in sports," he said. "I'll fly to Kiev in the morning and will be fully occupied with preparations for the parliamentary elections (in October) as the leader of the party.

"I'm 41 and I'm still boxing, but one cannot trick nature — I will have to hang my gloves on a nail soon."

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