Wladimir facing a dangerous puncher in Wach
(Picture credit: Michael Freitag) By Jason Kim: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s) is facing the biggest puncher in many years when he defends his titles against the big 6’7 1/2″ Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) on November 10th at the O2 World Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir, 36, has faced some other big punchers in the last five years in Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and David Haye, but none of them have the right hand power that Wach has going for him.
If Wladimir is hit with one of Wach’s big shots on November 10th it’ll likely be lights out for Wladimir. Wach hits too hard and Wladimir’s chin is too fragile to be taking big shots from a puncher like Wach.
The closest thing that Wladimir has come to fighting someone with the kind of power that Wach has is Wladimir’s fights against Corrie Sanders and Ross Puritty. Those guys had tremendous power and were able to KO Wladimir after hitting him with hard shots on the chin.
What Wladimir has going for him in the Wach fight is Wach’s lack of experience, hand speed, foot movement and defense. Wach is very slow, and doesn’t move very well and he’s easy to hit. Wladimir should be able to control Wach if he can stay on the outside and use his jab all night long instead of looking to trade right hands.
Wladimir can’t get into a trading contest with Wach, because the chances are too high that Wach will stun him with a big right. Wach may be slow but once he hurts an opponent, he’s able to find some speed to finish them off in a hurry.
Wach hasn’t fought anyone like Wladimir before but it might not matter. Wach’s right hand power will make up for his lack of experience in a big way, and all he needs if an opportunity to drop that bomb on Wladimir’s fragile chin on November 10th. Wach’s best opponents have been Tye Fields, Jason Gavern and Kevin McBride. Those are obviously second tier fighters and a far distance from someone like Wladimir.
However, Wach has done what a 1st tier fighter is supposed to do when fighting guys like this and that’s by stopping them. That shows that Wach legitimately deserves to be ranked in the top 15 despite his lack of experience against top names. Where Wach may have big problems against Wladimir is trying to deal with his offense. Wach hasn’t been tested by a fighter with Wladimir’s offensive weaponry because there isn’t anyone close to that in the 2nd and 3rd tier ranks that Wach has been frequenting for his fights. It’s going to be a shock for Wach to suddenly get hit with shots that are harder and thrown faster than he’s ever experienced before. If he’s lucky, he’ll have gotten some good sparring partners to help him like Deontay Wilder and David Price, but even sparring those guys isn’t really going to get him prepared for the shots that Wladimir will be hitting him with.