In honor of International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward who died last month from a short battle with diverticulitis at the age of 68, The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko will knockout mammoth Polish fighter “The Viking” Mariusz Wach within nine rounds on Saturday at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
“In the past nine years that I have spent with Emanuel Steward – and in those nine years I have spent more time with him than with my father which is a fact – I have learned a lot,” said Klitschko, 36, who took Steward’s advice and hired his primary sparring partner, Johnathon Banks, to work as a cornerman. “He is skilled, he can go the distance, there is no doubt about that. For his height he moves very well. But I will say one line that Emanuel used to say, ‘Welcome to big-time boxing’.”
The 6-foot-6, 243 pound Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs), who has triumphed in 16 consecutive bouts since being TKO’d by Lamon Brewster in April 2004, last fought on July 7 when he pummeled mandatory opponent Tony “The Tiger” Thompson en route to a dominant sixth round TKO in front of 32,000 fans at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland.
Conversely, the 32-year-old Wach (27-0, 15 KOs), who stands 6-foot-8 and possesses an 82 inch reach, most recently vacated the squared circle as a victor over Tye Fields by a sixth round TKO at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In actuality, despite the Pole’s size advantages, Wach is an overmatched prizefighter with zero chance to compete with the indomitable Ukrainian.
Expect Wladimir Klitschko to give Mariusz Wach a bloody “welcome to big-time boxing” and violently achieve his 17th straight conquest this weekend.by