Broadcast on Al Jazeera English on August 6th, 2012.
Filmed in Cologne on the way to my friend's wedding. Hired cameraman Sacci and his soundman from A-Cam Network, who were superb, and who got extra shots on my MC50 - which was useful as Charr got a bit intense and didn't want us to film when he started training.
Needed very quick take for the piece to camera, as he was already running out of patience with us. Ultra-nice guy - he hugged us when we arrived, and by the time I left I wanted to run to the airport screaming.
A boxer from Syria is attempting to become the first Arab heavyweight champion of the world.
Manuel Charr will fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title on Saturday in Moscow.
It could be one of Klitschko's last fights before concentrating on his political career.
But for the Syrian, the stakes are much higher.
Al Jazeera's Paul Rhys met Charr at his training base in Germany.