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Klitschko vs. Wach

Has the time has come to create a new division – a superheavyweight division?

Rob Moore: After watching another Wladimir Klitschko win, this time over the even bigger Mariusz Wach, I had to face up to the fact that my interest in watching much of what the heavyweight division has to offer, has waned considerably . The same division that that used to excite me and initiated my lifelong interest in the sport.

So many fights are truly underwhelming with guys showing limited range of skills, movement and conditioning, leading me to bore my kids with accounts of quality of fighters who graced the division in the past. You could never accuse Wladimir of not coming in in top condition and Wach showed great heart, but was the fight really top quality boxing and entertainment?

Unfortunately it seems like my diminished interest is shared by many, particularly in the US which just isn’t good for the sport’s future. There is certainly a valid point made by many that the Klitschko brothers have dominated the division for so long that it has hurt the division outside of Germany. While there is some mileage in that view, I see the problem as being more fundamental, and can be largely attributed the sheer size and weight of modern day heavyweights and the limitations this brings. Continue reading

“The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”: Martirosyan vs. Lara, Klitschko vs. Wach

Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special “November 10th Huge Post-Fight Wrap Up” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

On tonight’s broadcast, we will be dissecting this weekend’s big action, including Klitschko/Wach, Mares/Moreno, Lara/Martirosyan, and much, much more. James and Joseph will also give tonight’s listeners a special preview a 2013 forecast for all fighters mentioned in their respective weight classes. Continue reading

Wach should take a long break to recover from loss to Wladimir

By Kevin Chittenden: Heavyweight Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KO’s) should take a long break from boxing to recover from the one-sided 12 round beating he took from IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) last Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany. Wach was hit a reported 425 times by Wladimir in the fight with 115 of them being hard right hands to the head and the other 310 coming from powerful jabs. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko dominates Wach

By Rob Smith: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) had his way with a totally overmatched and painfully slow Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KO’s) tonight in winning a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109 at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir used jabs and right hands to control the slow moving, slow punching Wach.

Other than in the 5th where Wach seemed to have stunned Wladimir with a right hand, it was totally one-sided with Wladimir teeing off on Wach. The fight became really one-sided from the 8th round, as Wladimir unloaded on Wach with combinations and it looked like Wach was ready to be stopped. However, Wladimir failed to follow up in the 9th because Wach looked totally ready to go.

Wach was only capable of landing an occasional right hand as he just looked unwilling to let his hands go for some reason. He did try at times but mostly missed badly because of his slow hand speed. Continue reading

Klitschko Outpoints Wach; Helenius Beats Williams

By Michael Collins: In a fight that was somewhat interesting to watch during portions of the action, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) defeated a way out of his depth Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The only round you could possibly give to the 32-year-old Wach was the 5th when he landed a good hand to the head of Wladimir after backing him up agaisnt the ropes.

Wach unloaded everything but the kitchen sink on Wladimir trying to get him out of there. Unfortunately for Wach, he missed on pretty much every punch he threw. Had he landed at least one of the dozen punches he threw he might have been able to drop Wladimir. After that brief moment in the fight, it was Wladimir from then as he upped his workrate and punished the Pole with jabs and right hands to the head.

The 8th round was one where you can argue that the referee should have stopped the fight because Wladimir smacked Wach around the ring at will and it was pretty hard to watch because of all the punishment that Wach absorbed. Continue reading

Klitschko vs Wach Weigh-In Video; Klitschko Big Favorite

IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his polish contender Mariusz Wach stepped on the scales today.

Wladimir Klitschko: 112.0 kilograms vs Mariusz Wach: 113.8 kilograms
Rakhim Chakhkiev: 91,0 kg vs Andres Taylor: 91,0 kg

The two giants will face off tomorrow at sold out o2 World Hamburg, Germany. The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. EPIX will show the fight in the US at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO looks set to destroy Poland’s Mariusz Wach when the pair go head-to-head in the ring on Saturday night, according to betting on Betfair. Odds of 1-10 suggest that the giant Ukrainian will successfully retain his heavyweight titles at the O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Punters give Klitschko’s relatively unknown opponent little chance of causing an upset. Despite boasting an unbeaten record, the 32-year-old Pole is a 10-1 chance for victory and is considered as little more than cannon fodder for his established opponent.

Klitschko is a 1-4 shot to take the bout by knockout, while he can be backed at 11-2 to win the fight by judges’ decision. Wach on the other hand is a 15-1 long shot to triumph by KO, while he is out at 29-1 to win the bout by judges’ decision. Continue reading

Klitschko, Banks conference call transcript

TRAVIS POMPOSELLO: First off, I would like to send our condolences to Wlad, Johnathan and everyone at K2 for your loss [Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward] a couple of weeks ago.. We are proud and honored to have Wlad Klitschko back on EPIX again for the third time this year. We will have aired all of his fights in 2012 as the year concludes. We at EPIX feel that Wladimir is one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time and it has been a real privilege to have him on our network this whole year. As always we will be streaming the event live on all of our platforms and devices as well as our television channel. We are really looking forward to this one and Wladimir breaking the record.

TOM LOEFFLER: We are real excited about this fight. It is in a sold-out arena with about 15,000 people at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg. We got a great response from the Polish boxing fans and of course whenever Wlad fights in Germany the arenas are always full. This is an unusual situation where Wladimir is fighting a taller guy – a first for Wlad. Mariusz Wach made a good impression at his public workout today. He is a very tall, very strong, very confident fighter. It will be a great night and we appreciate all the support we have gotten from EPIX. I know simulcasting live on the EPIX Times Square jumbotron [Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets] is a great marketing tool EPIX has come up with and we hope a lot of people watch again. I would like to introduce Johnathon Banks who has been with Wladimir the entire time Wladimir has been with Emanuel. It’s a touchy subject but I will put Johnathon on the line and he can tell you about how training has been going. Continue reading

Photos; Klitschko – Wach Workout; Refs and Jugdes Announced

Wladimir Klitschko and Mariusz Wach held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Hamburg (Germany). Over 300 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, November 10. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and his contender Mariusz Wach will face off at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

A video and pictures of the Klitschko and Wach open work out are available on the official Klitschko facebook and Google+ pages.

The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. EPIX will show the fight in the US at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.

Klitschko – Wach Refs and Jugdes Announced: WBO, by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, November 10, in the world title bouts to be held in Germany and United States. At the O2 World Arena in Altona, Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs) will defend his WBO heavyweight championship for the ninth time against Polish Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs), in a K2 Promotions presentation. Continue reading

W. Klitschko vs. M. Wach Press Conference

Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs) and Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference at the Google Germany HQ in Hamburg to talk about their fight on November 10. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and his undefeated Polish contender Wach will face off next Saturday at the o2 World Arena Hamburg, Germany.

Wladimir Klitschko: “It took quite a time and I have put a huge effort in getting these belts. I am 100 per cent prepared to defend my titles again and I know what I will be facing in the ring on Saturday. I will defend the titles that I won together with Emanuel Steward.”

Mariusz Wach: “I know it will be a very difficult fight but I am prepared for anything. If it’s gonna be 12 rounds, I am prepared, if it’s gonna be a technical fight I am prepared. I will do anything to get Klitschko’s titles. This fight will be very special and will be memorized by the boxing fans.”

For the first time, the press conference was also broadcasted on the official Klitschko Brothers’ Google+ page (www.google.com/+Klitschko). Fans and journalists worldwide were thus able to follow Klitschko and Wach five days before their fight. Continue reading

Klitschko vs. Wach this Saturday

By Rob Smith, photo: michaelsterlingeaton.com – IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KO’s) will be defending his titles this Saturday night against the huge and lumbering Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir says he’s taking this fight against the inexperienced Wach because none of the other top heavyweights want to fight him.

It’s hard to imagine that being true when there are arguably at least 20 heavyweights that Wladimir could pool from that would give him a tougher test than the 32-year-old Wach. Perhaps the more likely reason that Wladimir selected Wach, besides him being an easy mark, is because of the large Polish fan base that Wach has.

Setting up a fight with Wach is a good money bout compared to some of the other more dangerous options. This is why Wladimir will likely take on another Polish heavyweight in Tomasz Adamek next year in what shapes to be about as bad a mismatch as Wladiimr’s fight against Wach. Continue reading