Wach, who was an inch taller at Klitschko at 6-foot-7½, came out on the wrong end of a lopsided decision by scores of 119-109, 120-107, and 120-107. He landed just one telling blow in the fight which came with 16 seconds to go in the fifth round. He landed a solid right hook to the head of the champion and staggered him, but the bell rang to end the round before he could do any follow-up damage with his ensuing flurry.
It was Klitschko’s 13th consecutive title defense, who admitted that the 32-year-old Wach caught him with a good shot in the fifth, but he made his opponent pay for it big time in the seventh and eighth rounds.
Klitschko poured the pressure on in these two stanzas and had the big Pole wobbling after landing numerous combinations. However, to the surprise the thousands of fans in attendance at the O2 World Arena and millions more watching on television, Wach stayed upright and made it to the end of the 12th round.
It was Klitschko’s first bout since his friend and trainer Emmanuel Steward passed away from cancer in October and the first time in nine years the likeable trainer wasn’t in his corner. Klitschko dedicated the bout to the 68-year-old Steward and named fellow heavyweight boxer Jonathon Banks as his new trainer. As usual, Klitschko’s older brother Vitali, the WBC heavyweight champion, was also in his corner. The older Klitschko claimed that it was hard for Wladimir to fight after the death of Steward. He added that it was a brutal fight and Wach somehow managed to stay on his feet after taking so much punishment.
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