Wladimir looking to keep his long winning streak alive against Wach
By Jason Kim: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s) is coming into his November 10th fight against #14 WBA, #15 WBO heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) with a 16 fight winning streak when they meet up at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.
While that’s not as long a winning streak as the 32-year-old Wach with his 27-fght winning streak, the difference here is that Wladimir accumulated those victories over quality opposition for the most part, whereas Wach picked up his wins over weak 2nd and 3rd tier opposition.
Wladimir has been unbeatable since suffering his last defeat at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April of 2004. Incidentally, that was Wladimir’s first fight with trainer Emanuel Steward as his trainer. Wladimir immediately took to Steward’s training and has remarkably well under his guidance. However, Wladimir may be without Steward his fight with Wach, as Steward is currently recovering from surgery on his stomach and might not be healed enough to work the Wladimir fight next month.
Wladimir could be on his own for this fight, although he might not need Steward for this one. Wladimir already knows Steward’s teachings and just needs to make sure he stays calm and doesn’t get careless by leaving openings that Wach can exploit with his big right hand power.
Wach probably has little more than a puncher’s chance of winning this fight. He’s well aware that he needs to improve his foot speed in order to cut off the ring and be competitive with the 36-year-old Wladimir. Wach has been working hard at improving his movement and he’s done a great job in such a short time.
The 6’7 1/2″ Wach is now deceptively quick and with his long legs he’s able to get within striking distance after taking only a handful of steps. Wach is going to be looking to hurt Wladimir with every shot he throws and he could score a knockout if he’s able to land one of his big rights while Wladimir is stationary for him.