Mahmoud Charr stopped Christopher Lovejoy in the second round of their bizarre WBA heavyweight title fight in Germany on Saturday night.
Charr unloaded with a flurry of melee punches, dodging an overhanging Lovejoy to the right, to score a knockdown in the fight’s first major rally.
Lovejoy was floored near the corner and was unable to recover.
The curious bout pitted Charr, who hadn’t boxed since winning a version of the WBA title in 2017, against Lovejoy whose undefeated 19-0 record was entirely forged in Mexico without any streak in his existence.
Charr’s inactivity over the past four years had seen him named the WBA ‘Recess Champion’ while Trevor Bryan won his ‘regular’ belt (Anthony Joshua is recognized as the IBF, WBA and WBO and is expected to face off against WBC executive Tyson Fury to decide the No. 1 in the division).
American Lovejoy arrived in Charr’s homeland this week without a coach, cup man or team and weighed more than 21st in Cologne.
He was fighting to prove that his claims of being a true suitor should be taken seriously, but he couldn’t breach Charr until his challenge was quickly over.
Charr, 36, has now made a sudden and unexpected comeback.
He was once a respected contender who beat Briton Danny Williams and fought Vitali Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. He had an argument with David Haye.
He was gunned down outside a kebab shop in 2015 and underwent two hip replacements, but never officially retired after winning his version of WBA honors in 2017.
Charr promoter Erol Ceylan told Sky Sports ahead of the fight: “I have big plans for him. If he wins, he could face the winner of Joshua-Fury in the next fight.”