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Manuel Charr Admits He's Not German - At Least Not Yet

Since last weekend, Manuel Charr had been touted as the man who ended Germany's 85-year wait for a world heavyweight champion, but as it turned out, he is not a German citizen.

After the 33-year-old's triumph against once-beaten Alexander Ustinov landed him the vacant WBA "regular" world title on Saturday, questions have been raised about his nationality.

The Beirut-born son of a Syrian finally ended the speculation himself, finally admitting to the media and fans that he does not hold German citizenship.

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Charr, who arrived in Germany as a five-year-old, had previously been evasive about his nationality.

He once said that he only has to drop by at the authorities to pick up his German passport, while on another occasion, said his naturalisation process had been put on ice.

"I want to apologise to the German people," he told the Koelner Express, blaming his lawyers for the delay in obtaining German nationality.

"I have been relying on the work and advice of my lawyers, who were working on the process," he explained.

In a statement on Thursday, Charr said: "This time, I will deal with the passport application myself and not leave it to other people."

"I hope that I will then be able to defend my title as a German citizen," added the champion, who faces his first title challenge from Puerto Rico's Fres Oquendo by end-March.

The Koelner Express reported that Charr last applied for German citizenship in 2015, but was rejected.

Since then, he has not filed a new application.

But Charr insisted that he feels German through and through.

"For a long time I've felt in my heart that I'm German, and I want to fulfil all the government requirements in order to finally have this piece of paper in my hands," said the heavyweight champion.

The World Boxing Association has ordered Charr to reach a deal for a mandatory fight with Oquendo - or a purse bid will be called.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 12-01-2017

Slow day in boxing I guess... In other important news today former tennis legend John McEnroe admitted that his wife likes to eat rye bread in the morning...

Comment by johnnycontrolet on 12-01-2017

Charr will never receive a German passport because of his criminal background.

Comment by //// on 12-01-2017

"Regular" champion. The "Super" champion having been elevated to "Super" status instanteously. Like becoming a professor emeritus your first day on the job. 5 champions=5 times the title bout sanctioning fees=profit

Comment by Shrap on 12-01-2017

[IMG]http://photo.boxingscene.com/uploads/manuel-charr_1.jpg[/IMG] Pro tip Charr - you can't be smiling like this if you want to be a German citizen.

Comment by Ray* on 12-01-2017

Firstly how was he able to travel in and out of the country if he wasn't a citizen of Germany? He has lived in Germany since he was 5 years old and he isn't a citizen? Thats totally wrong. Secondly…

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