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.