Mariusz Wach

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.[1]

Mariusz Wach
Mariusz Wach 2014.jpg
Wach in 2014
Nickname(s)The Viking
Height2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Reach208 cm (82 in)
Born (1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 40)
Kraków, Poland
Boxing record
Total fights43
Wins by KO19

Early lifeEdit

Mariusz Wach was born 14 December 1979 in Krakow, Poland. He emigrated to North Bergen, New Jersey as an adult.[2]

Amateur careerEdit

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.

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[4] Wach's promoter Global Boxing stated that it was Klitschko's advisor Shelly Finkel that contacted them. Bernd Boente denied these claims.[5] 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.[6][7] Wach was the fourth Polish contender in history to try to win the world title in the heavyweight division.[8] 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.[9][10] In Poland, the fight was available via pay-per-view platform on Canal+ Sport for 39 and Polsat Sport for 40 zł.[11][12][13][14]

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.[15][16] During the course of twelve rounds, Klitschko landed 274 of 693 punches landed (40%), whilst Wach landed 60 of his 308 thrown (19%).[17] After the fight, there were allegations against Wach that he had used steroids.[18]

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.[19][20]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
42 fights 36 wins 6 losses
By knockout 19 3
By decision 17 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
43 N/A N/A   Hughie Fury N/A – (10) 12 Dec 2020

  The O2 Arena, London, England

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


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  2. ^ "Wach to battle Irish contender at Mohegan Sun". The Jersey Journal/ 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."
  3. ^ a b Boxing news, Polish boxing news, boxing in Poland, Polish boxers, Tomasz Adamek. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Klitschko-Wach: If The Money is Right, They Might Fight". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Klitschko-Wach: Conflicting Statements on Fight Status". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Klitschko-Wach Negotiations Intensify For The Fall". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Klitschko, Wach Reach Agreement on Terms: Fight is On!". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ In the Klitschko vs. Wach – press conference on August 28th[permanent dead link] Wach said (13 August 2012). Retrieved on 2012-08-23.
  9. ^ Mariusz Wach Retrieved 28 April 2015
  10. ^ "W. Klitschko to defend title vs. 6-foot-7 Wach". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  11. ^ "CYFRA+: Kliczko - Wach w PPV" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  12. ^ "WALKA KLICZKO vs. WACH: Transmisja za 39 złotych w Canal+" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Walka Kliczko vs. Wach. Transmisja online w internecie i na żywo w tv" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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  15. ^ "Klitschko Easily Beats Down Durable Wach Over Twelve". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Dominant Klitschko mauls brave Wach". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Klitschko vs. Wach - CompuBox". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Wach's Promoter Explodes Over Steroid Allegations". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  19. ^ Wach admits to doping in bout against Klitschko. (6 January 2013)
  20. ^ Magno, Paul (7 January 2013) Wach Admits to Doping for Klitschko Bout, Closes Chapter on the Year of the PEDs Scandal.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Tomasz Bonin
Republic of Poland International
heavyweight champion

23 June 2006
Title next held by
Andrzej Wawrzyk
New title WBC Baltic
heavyweight champion

19 February 2011 - November 2011
Title next held by
Andrzej Wawrzyk
Title last held by
Bermane Stiverne
WBC International
heavyweight champion

29 July 2011 - November 2012
Title next held by
Johnathon Banks
Title last held by
Werner Kreiskott
IBF East/West Europe
heavyweight champion

18 March 2017 - Present