Wach’s right hand power could be a problem for Wladimir
(Picture credit: Michael Freitag) By Jason Kim: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s) will be defending his titles on November 10th against the bigger hitter Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. While a lot of boxing fans and writers are dismissing the 32-year-old Wach’s chances of beating Wladimir you have to give him a good chance of winning the fight if he’s able to stun Wladimir with one of his big right hand shots.
Wach definitely has the power to end the fight with a single shot. He may not have the accuracy to get the job done quickly but if he lands his bombs he’ll win this fight. Although somewhat inexperienced, Wach has some respectable wins over the likes of Christian Hammer, Jason Gavern, Jonathan Haggler and Tye Fields. Those wins were quality victories for the 6’7 1/2″ Wach, as he showed off his power and proved to be a good finisher in those bouts. That’s perhaps the best thing about Wach’s game. Once he gets someone hurt he jumps on them and takes them out in a real hurry. We saw that most recently in his fight against the 6’8″ Fields. Wach stunned him with a right hand and then quickly flurried to end the fight.
Wladimir has done a good job of avoiding the best shots of his opponents since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in 2004. Wladimir’s game is now centered around his jab, right hand and clinching. He doesn’t leave his opponents with too many opportunities to land their big shots due to his ability to keep the fight on the outside. When he’s now jabbing or dropping long right hands from the distance, Wladimir grabs to stop the action from his opponents. Thus far, Wladimir hasn’t fought anyone with good inside skills that could take advantage of his constant clinching.
Wach has to time Wladimir so that he can catch him with a solid right hand while Wladimir is launching himself forward to try and grab for one of his many clinch jobs.