Wach vs. Fields on Saturday night
By Dan Ambrose: Two super giant heavyweights will be doing battle on Saturday night in a fight between WBC International heavyweight champion Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KO’s) defending his little known title against big 6’8″ Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KO’s) in a 12 round bout at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It’s a pick em fight, as both fighters are badly flawed.
Wach, also huge at 6’7 1/2″, is incredibly slow, doesn’t have much of a jab and has never fought a top tier opponent during his seven year pro career. At 32, Wach really needs to step it up a couple levels before he ages out and wastes his career on 2nd tier fodder. Wach is currently ranked at #8 WBC, which is probably around seven places too high given how he’s looked and and the opposition he’s fought.
Fields, 37, at one he was a world heavyweight contender, but with back to back knockout losses to Michael Grant and Mike Perez last year, it’s dropped Fields from the top 15. He’s won his last four fights since then, beating Konstantin Airich, Michael Sprott, David Whitom and Rafael Butler. Fields has clearly much better opposition than Wach, and I give him a really got shot to beat the Polish heavyweight if he can withstand Wach’s occasional big shots. If Fields can jump on Wach early and snow him under with 100 punches per round, we could see Fields score a quick knockout because Wach’s opposition has been horrid and he’s probably not ready for even a fighter like Fields.
There’s no secret what Wach will be trying to do tomorrow night. He’ll be looking to land his powerful right hand right on the button to get Fields out of there. Wach moves like he’s on stilts and I can’t imagine that his stamina will hold up under him for long if Fields can push a fast pace.