Wach KO’s Fields in battle of giants
By John F. McKenna (McJack): In a battle of super sized heavyweights World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight champion Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) defended his title by scoring an impressive 6th round KO over Tye “Big Sky” Fields (49-5, 44 KO’s) on Saturday night.
The fight took place at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ before a predominantly Polish audience who appeared to be delighted at the outcome of the entertaining fight.
Both fighters at 6’8” definitely fit into the super heavyweight category. Fields entered the ring first and thrilled the crowd by stepping over the ropes, much in the manner of the retired fighter 7’2” Nikolay Valuev. Wach entered the ring to the music of AC-DC’s “Hells Bells” as the Polish crowd roared its approval.
The bout started with Fields, a southpaw, moving forward behind his long right jab. Wach landed a few more punches in what was basically a feeling out round. The second round saw Field’s dominating the first two minutes but Wach landing the more explosive punches in the last minute of the round.
The third round was very similar to the second round with Fields dominating the first half of the round and Wach coming on in the final minute. By the fourth round it was becoming increasingly clear that Wach’s punches were more telling and that he was beginning to break Fields down.
Wach began to take command in the fifth round as he followed a pattern of allowing Fields to finish punching before launching his own assault of harder punches. Towards the end of the round Wach, sensing Fields was hurt began throwing bombs.
In the sixth round Wach again allowed Fields to punch himself out before turning up the heat and throwing his own combinations. Wach landed a series of punches which drove Fields to the ropes. Mariusz then landed three successive right hands and Fields fell to the canvas. Fields attempted to rise but was unable to beat the count of referee Benji Estevez.
With his win over Fields, Wach moves closer to a hoped for fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s). At 6’8” and 248 pounds Mariusz has the size to compete with Klitschko. Although Wach has only 15 KO’s in his 27 victories, his last seven wins have come via the KO route.
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