Wladimir Klitschko vs Mariusz Wach in Hamburg?Written by Lee Cleveland
Fresh off knockout victories over Jean Marc Mormeck and Tony Thompson earlier this year, lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO) appears ready to defend his RING Magazine, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against 6'7½" (202cm) Pole Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO), according to sources in Poland.
The fight, which is currently being negotiated, is targeted for November or December in Hamburg, Germany.
The 36 year old Klitschko, 19-2 in world title fights, is arguably in his prime and was nothing short of aggressive and dominant in knocking out Tony Thompson last month in the 6th Round.
Who is Mariusz Wach?
In his most recent bout, Krakow Poland's super-sized heavyweight Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO) scored an impressive TKO victory over another large heavyweight, 6'8"/203cm Canadian Tye Fields in March.
But even after Wach's solid win, some believed the 32 year old Pole, who turned pro in April 2005, was still unproven, untested and too obscure outside of Poland to land a world title fight with either Klitschko.
Is Mariusz Wach worthy of fighting the lineal heavyweight champion of the world? Perhaps that remains to be seen.
The Knock on Wach..
Wach has been criticized for being slow and methodical, and moving too much like the classic 'big man' to wreak havok in the division. But to Wach's credit, he's been a crowd-pleaser and has exhibited the kind of 'big man' power lately that may ultimately make him a legitimate heavyweight threat, if not a force, one day soon.
Rated No. 21 in the division by BoxRec, Wach has yet to crack FightSaga's Top 10 list.
Has heavyweight boxing entered a new era?
At 6'7" (202cm) and roughly 250 lbs (112kg), Mariusz Wach is the latest of a slew of super-sized heavyweights (6'6"/ 198 cm and taller) to grace the pro boxing scene since as a serious contender since 2000. Others include but are not limited to:
- Michael Grant - 6'7"/201cm
- Wladimir Klitschko - 6'6"/198cm
- Vitali Klitschko - 6'7"/201cm
- Nikolai_Valuev - 7'2"/218cm
- Robert Helenius - 6'6½″/200cm
- Alexander Dimitrenko - 6'7"/201cm
- Tyson Fury - 6'9"/206cm
- David Price - 6'8"/203cm
Fact: If W. Klitschko vs Wach happens, it will mark the first time in his 16 year pro career Wladimir Klitschko will face an opponent taller than himself.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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