Wach should not be underestimated
(Photo credit: Michael Freitag) By John F. McKenna (McJack): Polish heavyweight contender Marius Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) believes he has a legitimate chance to upset WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s). Wach and Klitschko will clash in Hamburg, Germany on November 10.
Klitschko is currently on a 16 fight winning streak and chalked up his 51st KO when he stopped Tony Thompson in July. At the moment Wladimir appears unbeatable to a large segment of boxing fans, but that could work against the 6’6” KO artist. One only has to go back into boxing history to see how many “unbeatable” fighters fell to overconfidence. Perhaps the most shocking defeat in recent times was when Buster Douglas KO’d heavy favorite Mike Tyson in 1990. No one thought Buster had even a remote chance of defeating “Iron Mike”, but he had confidence in himself, and wound up dominating Tyson.
Time after time fighters who have been huge underdogs proved the so called experts wrong and went on to achieve boxing immortality with their stunning victories. Granted Marius has his work cut out for him, but he does have a potent right hand that is capable of knocking out anyone in the heavyweight division. In addition, when a fighter challenges for the heavyweight title he frequently takes his game to the next level.
In the past it has been said of the Klitschko’s that they do not take any opponent lightly. That may be true, but it is only human nature to sometimes take a breather. A fighter is most vulnerable when everyone starts singing his praises and it is only natural for a fighter to start believing his own press clippings.
It has already been announced that long time Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward will not be present in “Dr. Steelhammer’s” corner for the Wach fight. Whether or not Wladimir will be impacted by the absence of his long time trainer for this one fight remains to be seen. Steward has taken Klitschko from a fighter who even his elder brother was suggesting that he retire and turned him into one of the most dominant heavyweight champions in recent years.
The “Viking” as Wach is known to his fans is eager to tangle with Klitschko unlike Wladimir’s most recent opponents who appeared to be somewhat in awe of the Ukrainian champion. Marius has a slight size advantage in addition to having KO power in his right hand. He has made not secret of his intention to go after Klitschko with the intent of taking all of his title belts.