Mariusz Wach (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmariuʂ ˈvax]; born 14 December 1979) is a Polish professional boxer. He challenged once for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in 2012.
Wach in 2014
|Height||2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Reach||208 cm (82 in)|
|Born||14 December 1979|
|Wins by KO||19|
Wach 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.
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.
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.
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.
World title challengeEdit
Wach vs KlitschkoEdit
There was first mention of a potential showdown with unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in August 2011 when Klitschko's team approached Wach's promoters for a fight, however nothing materialized. Wach's promoter Global Boxing stated that it was Klitschko's advisor Shelly Finkel that contacted them. Bernd Boente denied these claims. In August 2012, serious negotiations took place for the fight. A date in November was considered with the venue likely to be in Hamburg, Germany. Terms were fully agreed within days of the negotiations for the fight to take place 10 November. Wach was the fourth Polish contender in history to try to win the world title in the heavyweight division. At 2.02 metres tall, with a reach of 2.08 metres and weighing 251 pounds, Wach was four centimetres taller than Klitschko with a reach two centimeters longer. In Poland, the fight was available via pay-per-view platform on Canal+ Sport for 39 zł and Polsat Sport for 40 zł.
On fight night, at the 02 World Arena, Mariusz Wach lost via one sided UD. The three judges' scored the fight 120–107, 120–107, and 119–109, all in favor of Klitschko. The bout opened with a battle between jabs which was won by Klitschko, who was following his jabs with his signature straight right. Wach managed to wobble Klitschko in round five but failed to take advantage. Wach also showed a great chin later in the fight when Klitschko began to let his hands go more landing thunderous shots. During the course of twelve rounds, Klitschko landed 274 of 693 punches landed (40%), whilst Wach landed 60 of his 308 thrown (19%). After the fight, there were allegations against Wach that he had used steroids.
Failed drug testEdit
Wach failed a doping test after losing a world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko. He admitted to doping in the bout against Klitschko and got sanctioned by the Federation of German Professional Boxing, but said that he plans to continue his career no matter how harsh the penalties are.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|42 fights||36 wins||6 losses|
|43||N/A||N/A||Hughie Fury||N/A||– (10)||12 Dec 2020|
|42||Win||36–6||Kevin Johnson||UD||10||12 Jun 2020||Palac w Konarach, Konary, Poland||Won vacant Republic of Poland International heavyweight title|
|41||Loss||35–6||Dillian Whyte||UD||10||7 Dec 2019||Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia|
|40||Win||35–5||Giorgi Tamazashvili||KO||1 (6)||5 Oct 2019||Pieszyce, Poland|
|39||Win||34–5||Gogita Gorgiladze||TKO||2 (8)||14 Sep 2019||Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego, Katowice, Poland|
|38||Loss||33–5||Martin Bakole||TKO||8 (10), 2:26||6 Apr 2019||Spodek, Katowice, Poland||For vacant Republic of Poland International heavyweight title|
|37||Loss||33–4||Artur Szpilka||SD||10||10 Nov 2018||Gliwice Arena, Gliwice, Poland|
|36||Loss||33–3||Jarrell Miller||TKO||9 (12), 1:02||11 Nov 2017||Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US|
|35||Win||33–2||Erkan Teper||UD||12||18 Mar 2017||Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany||Won vacant IBF East/West Europe heavyweight title|
|34||Win||32–2||Marcelo Luiz Nascimento||UD||10||14 May 2016||Hala Azoty, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland|
|33||Loss||31–2||Alexander Povetkin||TKO||12 (12), 0:50||4 Nov 2015||Tatneft Arena, Kazan, Russia||For WBC Silver heavyweight title|
|32||Win||31–1||Konstantin Airich||TKO||6 (10), 2:39||19 Jun 2015||Sport Hall, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland|
|31||Win||30–1||Gbenga Oloukun||UD||10||14 Mar 2015||Sport Hall, Lubin, Poland|
|30||Win||29–1||Travis Walker||KO||6 (10), 2:30||12 Dec 2014||MOSiR, Radom, Poland|
|29||Win||28–1||Samir Kurtagic||UD||8||7 Oct 2014||Sport Hall, Dzierżoniów, Poland|
|28||Loss||27–1||Wladimir Klitschko||UD||12||10 Nov 2012||02 World, Hamburg, Germany||For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|27||Win||27–0||Tye Fields||TKO||6 (12), 1:44||24 Mar 2012||Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Retained WBC International heavyweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Jason Gavern||TKO||6 (12), 1:03||6 Nov 2011||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, US||Retained WBC International heavyweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Kevin McBride||KO||4 (12), 2:25||29 Jul 2011||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, US||Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Jonathan Haggler||KO||3 (10), 1:22||29 Feb 2011||Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, US||Won vacant WBC Baltic heavyweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Galen Brown||TKO||4 (6), 2:48||12 Nov 2010||Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, US|
|22||Win||22–0||Christian Hammer||KO||6 (8), 1:56||17 Jul 2010||Sport Center, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
|21||Win||21–0||Julius Long||TKO||7 (10), 2:17||24 Apr 2009||Sport Hall, Jarosław, Poland|
|20||Win||20–0||Remigijus Ziausys||UD||6||7 Feb 2009||Stadthalle, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
|19||Win||19–0||Evgeny Orlov||PTS||10||21 Nov 2008||City Sport Hall, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland|
|18||Win||18–0||Daniil Peretyatko||UD||8||7 Aug 2008||Sport Hall, Świebodzice, Poland|
|17||Win||17–0||Eric Boose||TKO||7 (8), 1:53||11 Jul 2008||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, US|
|16||Win||16–0||Eduardo Franca||KO||1 (8), 2:57||13 Mar 2008||Sport Hall, Dzierżoniów, Poland|
|15||Win||15–0||Yavor Marinchev||UD||4||15 Dec 2007||MOSiR Hall, Ożarów Mazowiecki, Poland|
|14||Win||14–0||Andriy Kyndrych||UD||6||16 Nov 2007||Sport Hall, Tarnów, Poland|
|13||Win||13–0||Zoltán Béres||TKO||4 (12), 1:58||16 Dec 2006||Sport Hall, Poznań, Poland|
|12||Win||12–0||Alexandrs Borhovs||RTD||5 (6), 3:00||20 Oct 2006||Hall City, Włocławek, Poland|
|11||Win||11–0||Arthur Cook||RTD||9 (10), 0:01||23 Jun 2006||Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park, Illinois, US||Won Republic of Poland International heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Raman Sukhaterin||UD||6||3 Jun 2006||City Hall, Ostrołęka, Poland|
|9||Win||9–0||Oleg Belykov||TKO||2 (6), 1:34||6 Apr 2006||OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland|
|8||Win||8–0||Earl Ladson||UD||6||10 Mar 2006||Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, New Jersey, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Adele Olakanye||UD||4||28 Jan 2006||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Oleksandr Subin||UD||6||17 Dec 2005||Sport Hall, Żyrardów, Poland|
|5||Win||5–0||Tomas Mrazek||UD||4||1 Dec 2005||Sport Hall, Ostrołęka, Poland|
|4||Win||4–0||Sedrak Agagulyan||UD||4||27 Oct 2005||OSiR, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland|
|3||Win||3–0||Aleksandrs Borhovs||UD||4||1 Oct 2005||EWE-Arena, Niedersachsen, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Milan Becak||TKO||2 (4)||5 Aug 2005||OSiR, Warsaw, Poland|
|1||Win||1–0||Deniss Melniks||TKO||1 (4)||29 Apr 2005||OSiR, Świebodzice, Poland|
- "BoxRec: Bout". boxrec.com. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
- "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."
- Boxing news, Polish boxing news, boxing in Poland, Polish boxers, Tomasz Adamek. English.bokser.org. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
- "Klitschko-Wach: If The Money is Right, They Might Fight". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Klitschko-Wach: Conflicting Statements on Fight Status". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Klitschko-Wach Negotiations Intensify For The Fall". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Klitschko, Wach Reach Agreement on Terms: Fight is On!". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- In the Klitschko vs. Wach – press conference on August 28th[permanent dead link] Wach said Boxingnews24.com (13 August 2012). Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
- Mariusz Wach BoxRec.com. Retrieved 28 April 2015
- "W. Klitschko to defend title vs. 6-foot-7 Wach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "CYFRA+: Kliczko - Wach w PPV" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "WALKA KLICZKO vs. WACH: Transmisja za 39 złotych w Canal+" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "Walka Kliczko vs. Wach. Transmisja online w internecie i na żywo w tv" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "Event: Wladimir Klitschko vs Mariusz Wach". Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "Klitschko Easily Beats Down Durable Wach Over Twelve". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Dominant Klitschko mauls brave Wach". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Klitschko vs. Wach - CompuBox". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Wach's Promoter Explodes Over Steroid Allegations". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- Wach admits to doping in bout against Klitschko. rt.com (6 January 2013)
- 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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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byTomasz Bonin
| Republic of Poland International
23 June 2006
Title next held byAndrzej Wawrzyk
|New title|| WBC Baltic
19 February 2011 - November 2011
Title next held byAndrzej Wawrzyk
Title last held byBermane Stiverne
| WBC International
29 July 2011 - November 2012
Title next held byJohnathon Banks
Title last held byWerner Kreiskott
| IBF East/West Europe
18 March 2017 - Present