Wladimir Klitschko vs Mariusz Wach | Emanuel Steward Chimes In

Written by Joseph Herron at Aug 26, 2012 - 02:59PM ET in News
On November 10th, at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs) will put his Super WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles on the line when he faces his most physically imposing challenger to date; Mariusz Wach of Poland.

The big, undefeated contender stands at 6'8" and possesses a long 82" reach. "The Viking" has also stopped his previous seven opponents by way of brutal knock-out going into his first major world title opportunity.

Wladimir's Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward recognizes the difficulty level of Klitschko's upcoming title defense.

"I have my work cut out for me with this assignment," insists the legendary boxing coach. "Wach will not only be the biggest opponent Wladimir has fought since we've been together, he will also have the mentality of an undefeated fighter when he steps in the ring.

"Wach will be coming into the championship bout brimming with confidence."


Although the Polish warrior will figuratively and literally be a tall order for the reigning champ, Steward admits Klitschko had very few alternate options in selecting his opposition.

"Wladimir told me that there was really no one else available to fight. Although a Klitschko bout would be the biggest event for any of the top fighters in the Heavyweight division, most of them admit they're not ready for Wladimir."


Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, center, with Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Andy Lee


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"Helenius wasn't ready, Povetkin hasn't been ready for years, and the world really doesn't want to see another fight with David Haye. He's already fought Thompson, Chambers, and Chagaev. There really weren't very many options for Wladimir."


While Emanuel carries the unenviable burden of devising a suitable game plan to defeat Mariusz Wach, the legendary trainer has never yielded to a legitimate challenge.

"Trying to come up with a strategy for a fighter this big is going to be interesting," professes Emanuel Steward. "But this isn't the first time we've ever had to come up with a winning fight plan against a difficult opponent and it won't be the last."

"This is what boxing is all about; rising up to meet the greatest challenges and overcoming any obstacles in the ring. Believe me...before Wladimir faces Wach on November 10th, we will have worked out a game plan to not only defeat him but to knock him out."

Tickets go on sale August 28th, and can be ordered online at www.eventim.de. Tickets for the event can also be purchased by telephone at +49-1805-12 13 14.

 

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