Dylan Charrat (20 v, 1 d, 1 n), 28, decided to end his career as a professional boxer. Dylan Charrat has an exclusive interview with the FF Boxe website.
So you end your career…
It was a difficult decision to make, but well thought out. I’m passionate about boxing, but it’s a choice I made because something doesn’t allow me to continue in peace. I have had corneal disease for a long time, not due to boxing but due to allergies, which does not contradict the practice of this sport. I have discussed with my team and I have decided to stop, the potential benefits will not continue. It’s complicated because I want the title of European champion, get revenge with Kerman Lejarraga, move on and become world champion. If there is passion, there is a reason, and I had this idea before Euro 2021 against Espanyol.
Let’s talk about your career, especially your start…
I come from karate practiced since I was six years old. I started boxing at BEA’s Canet-Rocheville when I was 12 1/2 years old. I saw a Brahim Asloum game at La Palestre, and I was obsessed with the sport and it became an obsession with practice. I’m passionate and when I put myself into something, it’s all the way. I had to do OCD with my parents (laughs) and I started with a community hall. This is not a room for training professional boxers or even high-level amateur boxers, but recreational and amateur boxing, let’s say, departments. I made about 10 attacks in BEA and didn’t get any major wins. I often get disqualified for forgetting to make a fist (laughs). I became an amateur very early on, I won the Regional Cadet Championship as a teenager, but I lost to the future champion in the quarterfinals of the French Championship. As a sophomore, I was frustrated, I thought I was at the highest level, but I realized I had a lot of flaws, and my dad got me a strength and conditioning trainer in the South. That year, I played two rounds with the CDF youth team and then suffered a huge theft. We wrote a letter to FF Boxe and they asked me to do an internship with the French team. I had been convincing in the test races and then I was called to play in Germany. i won 1Uh It was a great experience before taking boxing lessons with the Ukrainians as I questioned myself again.
How was the transition with the seniors?
I won the regional championship again and I lost to Chabane Fehim (Rouen) by one point in the quarter-finals of the French Championship. I’ve never been a champion in France, which is frustrating. I won the Montana belt, I beat Germany’s Slama Spomer and went unbeaten in 15 pro games today, then Yayhya Tlaoutziti and finally Maxime Beaussire in the final. I was called up again for an internship with the national team and it went very well, I tried boxing in the 64kg category, but it was difficult even for me to become a regional champion, then I turned pro.
A cautious career start…
I had my first fight in a club organization without a promoter. I started working with Sébastien Acariès in my 5th professional race at La Palestre and he stayed with me throughout my career until we parted ways before the last race.
You quickly became an outstanding boxer…
In my 14th fight, I fought Yayhya Tlaoutziti, very close. It got interesting because I started broadcasting on Canal+. I got to a level in my fight for the EU title with Howard Cospolit, the first meeting was hooked and ended in a draw, but I won my revenge without competition by changing tactics. I lived nine months thinking only of this revenge, where I stood at the top, and this victory put me through a course.
‘I will stay in touch with boxing’
What are your major victories?
In addition to the revenge with Howard, I can also mention John Perez of Venezuela, who has a great resume, but too short a time, I think more of my love for Ukraine’s Dmitry Mikhailenko success. During this fight, I fractured the metacarpal bone in my right hand and I was in great pain. I hit him with one hand, except for the 8th time I stopped him. I felt very strong that night and was proud of the convincing victory in extreme conditions.
The boxer that gives you the most problems?
Spaniard Kerman Lejarraga for many reasons. I came out of a 22 month hiatus and we couldn’t do a lot of sparring as promoters changed. I fractured both of my floating ribs in the fight and in the 8th round he thought I was done but in the 9th round when he realized I was controlling my breathing and punching I saw the worry in his eyes and I was sure he wanted Give in. I was declared a loser, my decision not to look back, and everyone saw the fight stop. The unfavorable context of this result, combined with the fact that I have had to fight J. Saïdi in every way since the Spaniard left the title when we meet again, weighed heavily on my decision to hang up.
We know your college career is often cited as an example, are you imagining yourself getting promoted or playing another role in boxing?
It’s too early to think. I will use the time I have to focus on my activities to digest it all. After that, boxing was my hobby and I will miss boxing forever, of course I will keep in touch with the sport and I want to pass on my experience. Then, if I can help promote it, it’s going to be a project I want and I might have some contribution to make, but it’s not relevant yet, we’ll see.
What can we wish you
I want to remind you that this is my decision and I am proud to have chosen to leave in good health and it is not the sport that has let me down. I think knowing how to stop is the biggest struggle for all boxers and all athletes. We hope I can find a similar sense of achievement in other areas as boxing. I believe I will find it. I’m so grateful for all the moments I’ve known in boxing, no matter what you say about the sport, it’s allowed me to build myself, experience unique things, and meet beautiful people. I left without any sourness or bitterness, I was happy, and as I told you, I stayed connected to the sport I love.