Klitschko on Mariusz Wach

By Robert Ecksel on November 8, 2012
Klitschko on Mariusz Wach
We might as well sit back and enjoy the ride while Wladimir Klitschko is in the driver’s seat.

This Saturday, November 10, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KOs) defends his WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles for the umpteenth time against Mauriusz “The Viking” Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Originally from Krakow, Poland but now fighting out of North Bergen, New Jersey, Wach is 6’7½ “ and undefeated. He may have never fought anyone of Klitschko’s class, but who out there is of Klitschko’s class for him to have fought against?

Wach thinks he sees something (to paraphrase Max Schmeling before his first fight with Joe Louis), a chink in Klitschko’s armor that he can turn to his advantage. Others are not so sure.

“Each fighter has his weaknesses,” says Wach, “but it is good to know them. His past opponents also knew his weaknesses, but they could not take advantage of them. I also know the weaknesses of Wladimir and I will… take him off balance and win the battle.”

It won’t be easy. Wins over Tye Fields (49-4), Jason Gavern (21-8-4), Kevin McBride (35-9-1), Jonathan Haggler (23-3), Galen Brown (34-14-1) and Christian Hammer (7-1) may be inadequate training when it comes to derailing the Klitschko Express.

“My opponent is undefeated, younger, heavier, taller, and has a longer reach,” the always gracious Klitschko says. “We had today an open workout with Maruisz Wach and his coach making a little fun by putting my face on the pads and hitting my face many times. It was something that was entertaining to watch. However, in the ring on Saturday, November 10, he will face the real Wladimir Klitschko, not just images on the pads. I think it is going to be a real exciting fight because Wach has the spirit of a young man that wants to become world champion. He is very self-confident and I am expecting him to be better than he usually can be because that is his motivation – his chance to be world champion and I am expecting a very good fight from Wach.”

We heard much the same thing before. Klitschko goes out of his way to praise his opponents, before (and after) he decimates them. It’s not Wladimir’s fault that he’s head and shoulders above the competition. We might as well enjoy the ride while he’s still in the driver’s seat.

Klitschko-Wach will be broadcast on EPIX and EpixHD at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT. The telecast and live stream will also feature the return of Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) against Sherman “The Tank” Williams (35-11-2, 19 KOs).

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  1. the thresher 04:35pm, 11/10/2012

    “Wow, what an unexpected well done fight! Congratulations to the still unified, lineal and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko (59-3-0 KO’s 51) who made his 13th successful world title defense and is still the best heavyweight in the world rank. His now former undefeated challenger Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (27-1-0 15 KOs) made his entrance to the ring as a big underdog with few if no expectations to make an impressive mark to the fight surprisingly made an brave effort against the dominant world heavyweight champion Wladimir. Wach was there with his lumber right hand but had trouble firing it off as Wladimir was well aware of his opponent’s best weapon and Wach had to take beating after beating from the champ but I must say that I give Mariusz Wach lots of credit for his effort in this fight. He fought bravely and absorbed lots of heavy punches from Wladimir but still made it to go on and fight and the Polish Viking Wach has now proved himself to the boxing world as an worthy opponent and is worth more top opportunities in the ring. Things seem to sadly not be that anymore in boxing and that’s sad. Well this was a good fight and once again I congratulate Wladimir Klitschko for another victory and his 13th title defense in a row.”

    A good post from someone else.

  2. i also want 2 see the best champion with his title 05:09am, 11/10/2012

    luv n respect the champion.

  3. the thresher 03:00pm, 11/09/2012

    Hmm, We will soon find out.

    Wach can whack!

  4. Robert Ecksel 02:48pm, 11/09/2012

    One never knows, but if there were ever a fighter disciplined enough to not allow grief to keep him from fighting at his very best, that fighter is Wladimir Klitschko.

  5. the thresher 01:34pm, 11/09/2012

    I have a bad feeling about this one. This monster can punch. He may be catching Wlad at just the right time—emotion-wise.

  6. paul 11:14pm, 11/08/2012

    It is true that this is Wach’s first serious test, but given the physical attributes,  the hunger, the Polishness! I think Klitschko is wise not to underestimate Wach, all generosity aside.

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