Mariusz Wach

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Mariusz Wach
Mariusz Wach 2014.jpg
Wach in 2014
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Viking
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Reach 210 cm (83 in)
Nationality Polish
Born (1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 37)[1]
Kraków, Poland[1]
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 33
Wins by KO 17
Losses 2

Mariusz Wach (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmariuʂ ˈvax]; born 14 December 1979) is a Polish professional boxer and world heavyweight title challenger. He is a former WBC International heavyweight champion and is best known for his 2012 world title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko, in which he lost a twelve-round decision.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mariusz Wach was born 14 December 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 24 March 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.[4]

Fight for world title[edit]

Wach fought Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on 10 November 2012, in Hamburg, Germany.[5] 32-year-old Wach was the fourth Polish contender in history to try to win the world title in the heavyweight division.[6] 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."[7] 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 that temporarily stunned 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. 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.[8][9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
34 fights 32 wins 2 losses
By knockout 17 1
By decision 15 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Win 33–2 Germany Erkan Teper UD 12 18 Mar 2017 Germany Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Won vacant IBF East/West Europe heavyweight title
34 Win 32–2 Brazil Marcelo Luiz Nascimento UD 10 14 May 2016 Poland Hala Azoty, Kędzierzyn-Koźle
33 Loss 31–2 Russia Alexander Povetkin TKO 12 (12), 0:50 04 Nov 2015 Russia Tatneft Arena, Kazan For WBC Silver Heavyweight title.
32 Win 31–1 Germany Konstantin Airich TKO 6 (10), 2:39 19 Jun 2015 Poland Sport Hall, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
31 Win 30–1 Nigeria Gbenga Oloukun UD 10 14 Mar 2015 Poland Sport Hall, Lubin
30 Win 29–1 United States Travis Walker KO 6 (10), 2:30 12 Dec 2014 Poland MOSiR, Radom
29 Win 28–1 Serbia Samir Kurtagic UD 8 07 Oct 2014 Poland Sport Hall, Dzierżoniów
28 Loss 27–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 10 Nov 2012 Germany 02 World, Hamburg For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
27 Win 27–0 United States Tye Fields TKO 6 (12), 1:44 24 Mar 2012 United States Resorts Hotel & Casino, New Jersey Retained WBC International Heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Jason Gavern TKO 6 (12), 1:03 06 Nov 2011 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut Retained WBC International Heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride KO 4 (12), 2:25 29 Jul 2011 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut Win WBC International Heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Jonathan Haggler KO 3 (10), 1:22 29 Feb 2011 United States Essex County Colleqe, New Jersey
23 Win 23–0 United States Galen Brown TKO 4 (6), 2:48 12 Nov 2010 United States Twin River Event Center, Rhode Island
22 Win 22–0 Germany Christian Hammer KO 6 (8), 1:56 17 Jul 2010 Germany Sport Center, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
21 Win 21–0 United States Julius Long TKO 7 (10), 2:17 24 Apr 2009 Poland Sport Hall, Jarosław
20 Win 20–0 Lithuania Remigijus Ziausys UD 6 07 Feb 2009 Germany Stadthalle, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
19 Win 19–0 Russia Evgeny Orlov PTS 10 21 Nov 2008 Poland City Sport Hall, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
18 Win 18–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko UD 8 07 Aug 2008 Poland Sport Hall, Świebodzice
17 Win 17–0 United States Eric Boose TKO 7 (8), 1:53 11 Jul 2008 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
16 Win 16–0 United States Eduardo Franca KO 1 (8), 2:57 13 Mar 2008 Poland Sport Hall, Dzierżoniów
15 Win 15–0 Bulgaria Yavor Marinchev UD 4 15 Dec 2007 Poland MOSiR Hall, Ożarów Mazowiecki
14 Win 14–0 Ukraine Andriy Kyndrych UD 6 16 Nov 2007 Poland Sport Hall, Tarnów
13 Win 13–0 Hungary Zoltan Beres TKO 4 (12), 1:58 16 Dec 2006 Poland Sport Hall, Poznań
12 Win 12–0 Hungary Alexandrs Borhovs RTD 5 (6), 3:00 20 Oct 2006 Poland Hall City, Włocławek
11 Win 11–0 Canada Arthur Cook RTD 9 (10), 0:01 23 Jun 2006 United States The Odeum, Illinois
10 Win 10–0 Belgium Raman Sukhaterin UD 6 03 Jun 2006 Poland City Hall, Ostrołęka
9 Win 9–0 Ukraine Oleg Belykov TKO 2 (6), 1:34 06 Apr 2006 Poland OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
8 Win 8–0 United States Earl Ladson UD 6 10 Mar 2006 United States Schuetzen Park, New Jersey
7 Win 7–0 Nigeria Adele Olakanye UD 4 28 Jan 2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, New Jersey
6 Win 6–0 Ukraine Oleksandr Subin UD 6 17 Dec 2005 Poland Sport Hall, Żyrardów
5 Win 5–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek UD 4 01 Dec 2005 Poland Sport Hall, Ostrołęka
4 Win 4–0 Russia Sedrak Agagulyan UD 4 27 Oct 2005 Poland OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki
3 Win 3–0 Latvia Aleksandrs Borhovs UD 4 01 Oct 2005 Germany EWE-Arena, Niedersachsen
2 Win 2–0 Slovakia Milan Becak TKO 2 (4) 05 Aug 2005 Poland OSiR, Warsaw
1 Win 1–0 Latvia Deniss Melniks TKO 1 (4) 29 Apr 2005 Poland OSiR, Świebodzice

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mariusz Watch – Boxer". BoxRec. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Wach mistrzem WBC International po ciężkim nokaucie". Ringpolska.pl. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wach to battle Irish contender at Mohegan Sun". The Jersey Journal/NJ.com 29 June 2011. Accessed 12 November 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. ^ a b Boxing news, Polish boxing news, boxing in Poland, Polish boxers, Tomasz Adamek. English.bokser.org. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
  5. ^ Klitschko to defend titles against Wach. AFP via sports.yahoo.com (22 August 2012)
  6. ^ In the Klitschko vs. Wach – press conference on August 28th Wach said Boxingnews24.com (13 August 2012). Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
  7. ^ Wladimir Klitschko to defend title against 6-foot-7 Mariusz Wach. Espn.go.com (24 August 2012). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  8. ^ Wach admits to doping in bout against Klitschko. rt.com (6 January 2013)
  9. ^ Magno, Paul (7 January 2013) Wach Admits to Doping for Klitschko Bout, Closes Chapter on the Year of the PEDs Scandal. sports.yahoo.com

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