Klitschko will dismantle Wach
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Polish heavyweight hopeful Marius Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) will receive the opportunity of a lifetime when he takes on WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and The Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s). Wach will tangle with the dominant heavyweight champion on November 10 in Hamburg, Germany.
“Dr. Steelhammer” has not lost in 8 years and is presently on a 16 fight winning streak. 12 of those victories have come via the KO route. Under the tutelage of world class trainer Emanuel Stewart, Wladimir at the age of 36 only appears to be getting better. His skills have been refined out of necessity due to his fragile chin. After Klitschko’s 3rd KO loss he was advised by those closest to him to retire. Even his big brother Vitali suggested it was time for him to hang up the gloves.
But Wladimir persevered and gradually put all the demons away of having suffered three KO losses. Steward has often stated that Klitschko’s KO losses were the partially the result of his lack of proper conditioning and the style in which he fought at the time. Many long time boxing pundits have begun to sit up and take notice as Klitschko’s title defenses accumulate. There are some who suggest that he has an outside chance to equal or surpass the legendary Joe Louis’ 25 title defenses.
The “Brown Bomber”, possibly the greatest of all heavyweight champions holds the record for both the number of consecutive title defenses at 25 and for the nearly 12 years he held the heavyweight crown. Both are records for not only the heavyweight division, but for all divisions in the history of boxing and have stood for well over 60 years.
Wach to be sure is a good fighter and his right hand, if it lands, will take any fighter out. Wach’s 15 KO’s in 27 fights is not overly impressive, but currently Marius is on a roll having stopped his last 7 opponents in a row. Marius is also mobile for a big heavyweight and at 6’ 7 ½” he is the first opponent in which Wladimir will not have a size advantage.
Wach’s lack of experience against quality heavyweights will make it extremely difficult for him when he climbs into the ring against Klitschko. And while anything can happen when two king size heavyweights start trading leather, it is likely that Wladimir’s boxing skill, speed and overall class will rule the day. It is way too soon to be making predictions for this fight but look for “Dr. Steelhammer” to have a relatively easy time dismantling the Polish giant.