I though Mariusz Wach had a shot at pushing Wladimir Klitschko because of his size, but all he did was push his face into Klitschko's fists—repeatedly.
If nothing else, Wach proved he had a great chin and will. He withstood a consistent beating to last 12 rounds with the champion, but lost a near shutout on the judges' scorecards.
Wach had one redeeming moment in the fight. He landed a big right hand on the top of Klitschko's head and it appeared to wobble the champion. Fortunately for Klitschko, it came at the end of the fifth round.
When the sixth round began, it was more dominance as usual. That leads me into one of the most impressive aspects of Klitschko's latest victory.
One of Klitschko's only weaknesses is his chin. He's been KO'd three times in his career, but not since 2004. He hasn't been so much as challenged in at least six years.
His offense and mechanics have gotten better under the tutelage of the late Emanuel Steward, and he hasn't taken many hard shots. In this fight he took one, but he came out in the following round just as aggressive as he had been in the five previous rounds.
A younger Klitschko might have been intimidated at that point and fallen into protect mode.
He did tire a bit late, but it was primarily because he had worked so hard to take Wach out. After this fight, I'm not sure if any heavyweight in the world can knock Wach off his feet.
Even though Klitschko threw a boatload of punches, he maintained a good energy level for most of the fight.
This is was the key punch of the night for Klitschko. Yes, he hurt Wach with a bevy of straight right hands, but it was all set up by the stinging jab.
The very basic 1-2 combo carried him to victory in this bout.
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