Mariusz Wach

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Mariusz Wach
Statistics
Real name Mariusz Wach
Nickname(s) "The Viking"
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 7.5 in (2.02 m)
Reach 208 cm (82 in)
Nationality Poland Polish
Born (1979-12-14) December 14, 1979 (age 34)[1]
Kraków, Poland[1]
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 27
Wins by KO 25
Losses 1
Draws 0

Mariusz Wach (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmariuʂ ˈvax], born December 14, 1979) is a Polish professional boxer. He is the current WBC International heavyweight title holder ranked 4th by WBC, he is best known for his fight with Wladimir Klitschko in which he is credited for going the full 12 rounds.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mariusz Wach was born December 14, 1979 in Krakow, Poland. He emigrated to North Bergen, New Jersey.[1][3]

Amateur career[edit]

Wach was born in Kraków, Poland. He first became acquainted with boxing in 1990, amassing a 90-fight amateur career that saw him represent his native Poland in numerous amateur tournaments. Among his greatest achievements during that period were winning two gold medals and a bronze in the Individual Polish Championships and a silver in the 2004 European Union Championships. Wach later represented Poland in the 2004 Summer Olympics as an alternate.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Wach turned pro in April 2005 and defeated Deniss Melniks by first round knockout in Świebodzice, Poland. He made his American debut in January 2006 by defeating Adele Olakanye by decision on the undercard of Arturo Gatti’s destruction of Thomas Damgaard at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Wach won seven fights that year, including five in America which was highlighted by winning the Polish International heavyweight title by a ninth round knockout of Arthur Cook in Illinois. A few months later he won a belt in TWBA federation. On April 2009 in Jaroslaw, Poland Wach blasted out his American opponent Julius Long and defended his title of the World Champion in TWBA. Mariusz has also served as a sparring partner for several well-known boxers, including former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter. In 2010, after being sidelined for a year due to injury, Wach returned to the ring in great shape and turned in one of his best performances as a professional, knocking out Christian Hammer in six rounds in Germany.

Current[edit]

In September 2010 Wach was invited by Mariusz Kolodziej, CEO of Global Boxing Promotions, to move to the United States and train at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ. Under the guidance of former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, Wach began his 2-month training camp in preparation for his matchup with Jonathan Haggler. In his first fight of 2011 – against Haggler in Newark, NJ – Wach scored a third round knockout to win the WBC Baltic heavyweight title. After this fight, Wach signed a promotional agreement with Mariusz Kolodziej of Global Boxing Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield of CES.[4]

Wach’s first big test came in July 2011, when he faced off with Kevin McBride, who ended Mike Tyson’s career as a boxer. Wach was quicker and sharper, and with one right cross, knocked McBride out cold in the fourth round winning the WBC International heavyweight title.

Wach returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena just four months later with another statement-making performance, this time knocking out Jason Gavern in six rounds at the "November Reign" event.

On March 24 Wach showed that he is a force to be reckoned with after scoring a six-round TKO over another giant, Tye Fields (49–5, 44 KOS). The event took place at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and got coverage form ESPN's Friday Night Fights.[5]

Fight for world title[edit]

Wach fought Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 10, 2012, in Hamburg, Germany.[6] 32-year-old Wach was the fourth Polish contender in history to try to win the world title in the heavyweight division.[7] Wach said at the weigh-in "My fellow countrymen Adamek and Sosnowski did not have what it takes to beat a Klitschko. I am not a former cruiserweight (like Adamek) but a real heavyweight. Klitschko will take a lot of hard punches before I knock him out. I will be the first Polish world heavyweight champion."[8] Wach went the distance, losing the fight by judges' decision (120-107, 120-107 and 119-109). He did manage to land a huge right hand to Klitschko's jaw in the last twenty seconds of the 5th round, staggering Klitschko, but was not able to knock his opponent down.

Failed Drug Test[edit]

Wach failed a doping test after losing a world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko.[9][10] He admitted to doping in bout against Klitschko and is now awaiting sanctions from the Federation of German Professional Boxing, but said that he plans to continue his career no matter how harsh the penalties are.[11][12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (15 knockouts)[13]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 27–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12/12 10.11.2012 Germany Germany, Hamburg, O2 World Arena. For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 27–0 United States Tye Fields TKO 6/12 24.03.2012 United States Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBC International heavyweight title
Win 26–0 United States Jason Gavern TKO 6/12 06.11.2011 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut WBC International heavyweight title
Win 25–0 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride KO 4/12 29.07.2011 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut vacant WBC International heavyweight title
Win 24–0 United States Jonathan Haggler KO 3/10 29.02.2011 United States Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey vacant WBC Baltic heavyweight title
Win 23–0 United States Galen Brown TKO 4/6 12.11.2010 United States Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Win 22–0 Romania Christian Hammer KO 6/8 17.07.2010 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 21–0 United States Julius Long TKO 7/10 24.04.2009 Poland MOSiR Hall, Jarosław
Win 20–0 Lithuania Remigijus Ziausys UD 6/6 07.02.2009 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 19–0 Hungary Evgeny Orlov PTS 10/10 21.11.2008 Poland Hala Sportowa OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
Win 18–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko UD 8/8 07.08.2008 Poland OSiR, Świebodzice
Win 17–0 United States Eric Boose TKO 7/8 11.07.2008 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Win 16–0 United States Eduardo Franca KO 1/8 13.03.2008 Poland Hala Ośrodka Sportu i Rekreacji, Dzierżoniów
Win 15–0 Bulgaria Yavor Marinchev UD 4/4 15.12.2007 Poland Best Western Hotel Mazurkas, Ożarów Mazowiecki
Win 14–0 Ukraine Andriy Kyndrych UD 6/6 16.11.2007 Poland Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa Jaskółka, Tarnów
Win 13–0 Hungary Zoltan Beres TKO 4/12 16.12.2006 Poland Miedzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie, Pawilon 3, Poznań
Win 12–0 Hungary Alexandrs Borhovs RTD 5/6 16.12.2006 Poland Hala Widowiskowo – Sportowa, Włocławek
Win 11–0 Canada Arthur Cook RTD 9/10 23.06.2006 United States The Odeum, Villa Park, Illinois
Win 10–0 Belgium Raman Sukhaterin UD 6/6 03.06.2006 Poland Hala Widowiskowo – Sportowa, Ostrołęka
Win 9–0 Ukraine Oleg Belykov TKO 2/6 06.04.2006 Poland Hala Sportowa OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
Win 8–0 United States Earl Ladson UD 6/6 10.03.2006 United States Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, New Jersey
Win 7–0 Nigeria Adele Olakanye UD 4/4 28.01.2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6–0 Ukraine Oleksandr Subin UD 6/6 17.12.2005 Poland Sala Sportowa ZSPDM, Żyrardów
Win 5–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek UD 4/4 01.12.2005 Poland Hala Sportowo – Widowiskowa, Ostrołęka
Win 4–0 Russia Sedrak Agagulyan UD 4/4 27.10.2005 Poland Hala Sportowa OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
Win 3–0 Latvia Aleksandrs Borhovs UD 4/4 01.10.2005 Germany EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Win 2–0 Slovakia Milan Becak TKO 2/4 05.08.2005 Poland OSiR, Warszawa
Win 1–0 Latvia Deniss Melniks TKO 1/4 29.04.2005 Poland OSiR, Świebodzice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mariusz Watch - Boxer". BoxRec. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Wach mistrzem WBC International po ciężkim nokaucie". Ringpolska.pl. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Wach to battle Irish contender at Mohegan Sun". The Jersey Journal/NJ.com June 29, 2011. Accessed November 12, 2012. "Undefeated heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, of North Bergen, originally from Krakow, Poland, will face his biggest test -- literally -- when he meets Kevin 'The Clones Colossus' McBride on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn."
  4. ^ Boxing news, Polish boxing news, boxing in Poland, Polish boxers, Tomasz Adamek. English.bokser.org. Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
  5. ^ Boxing news, Polish boxing news, boxing in Poland, Polish boxers, Tomasz Adamek. English.bokser.org. Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
  6. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/klitschko-defend-titles-against-wach-140231644--box.html
  7. ^ In the Klitschko vs. Wach – press conference on August 28th Wach said Boxingnews24.com (2012-08-13). Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8298839/wladimir-klitschko-defend-title-6-foot-7-mariusz-wach.
  9. ^ http://www.live-news.com.au/news/polish-boxer-mariusz-wach-fails-doping-test-after-vladimir-klitschko-986114.html
  10. ^ http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/15545194/polish-boxer-wach-fails-doping-test/
  11. ^ http://rt.com/sport/boxing/wach-klitschko-doping-boxing-438/
  12. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/wach-admits-doping-klitschko-bout-closes-chapter-peds-082100169--box.html
  13. ^ Mariusz Wach – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-23.

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