Fury accepts Charr challenge in Germany confrontation

Tyson Fury has accepted a challenge to a heavyweight clash from Manuel Charr after the pair faced off at a function in Germany.

The former world champion, 28, was in Cologne for a FIBO fitness exhibition before he was approached and challenged by Syrian-German fighter Charr.

The exchange, posted online, captures Fury agreeing to a bout with 32-year-old Charr with the Gypsy King having previously claimed he would be back fighting in May.

“Hey Tyson, you said you want to box again, here I am, I am the number 6 in the WBA ranking, you can fight me,” said Charr.

Fury responded: “I want to fight you diamond boy, whenever you want, though you’re too small for me.

“When I’m back I’ll fight you first, 100 per cent.”

Charr then replied with “see you in the ring you mad man” after which the exchange developed into a more confrontational and heated affair with pushing and shoving.

Fury was due to defend his WBA ‘super’ and WBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko in September, but the fight fell through due to him being “medically unfit”.

The 28-year-old vacated both titles and had his boxing licence suspended in October by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

It is still unknown when Fury will be allowed to fight again after BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith rejected Fury’s own claims he would return in May, reiterating that the boxer was still suspended.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren also admitted in March that there were still a “few issues to sort out” before he could return, adding the future would be clearer after a hearing in May.

It now appears that should he be allowed to return, Charr looks Fury’s most likely opponent.