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Wach survives 12 rounds against Klitschko

Published time: November 10, 2012 23:33
Edited time: November 12, 2012 02:15
Ukrainian heavyweight boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) fights with Polish challenger Mariusz Wach in the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA title bout at the O2 arena on November 10, 2012 in the nothern German city of Hamburg. (AFP Photo/John Macdougall)

Ukrainian heavyweight boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) fights with Polish challenger Mariusz Wach in the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA title bout at the O2 arena on November 10, 2012 in the nothern German city of Hamburg. (AFP Photo/John Macdougall)

WBA (super), IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko has topped Mariusz Wach on a unanimous decision, but failed to deliver a knockout to the 2.02-meter Pole.

­The fight in Hamburg, Germany was truly unique for Klitschko, as the Ukrainian stepped into the ring against a taller and heavier opponent for the first time in his career.

It seems that boxing with a bigger guy is even easier for Klitschko Jr., as Wach struggled with the champion’s branded jab in the opening rounds.

But the 32-year-old Pole nearly turned the fight around in the fifth, when Wladimir was saved by the bell after missing a heavy blow.

Klitschko fought more carefully after that, regaining control of the bout, which soon turned into a beatdown.

Most of Dr. Steelhammer’s punches were on target, but Wach proved himself to be the owner of a truly unbreakable chin.

In the later rounds, Klitschko looked a bit tired and couldn’t deliver the final blow, but still did more than enough to win by unanimous decision.

It was his 10th successive title defense, which the 36-year-old dedicated to his late coach, Emanuel Steward, who died of cancer in October.

As for Wach, the Viking has suffered his first defeat in 28 professional bouts.

AFP Photo/John Macdougall
AFP Photo/John Macdougall
AFP Photo/John Macdougall
AFP Photo/John Macdougall
AFP Photo/John Macdougall
AFP Photo/John Macdougall

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