In the shadows of the tragic and untimely death of legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward in mid-October, any certainty behind yet another Wladimir Klitschko methodical title defense has suddenly been thrown in to disarray. Steward’s positive impact on Klitschko’s meteoric rise to boxing’s elite over the past eight years is undeniable and the void left by his passing—both on the industry and the champ—is massive.
In Wach, Klitschko is presented with the proverbial “someone his own size” that critics have been calling for. Wach is a big, lumbering heavyweight with an explosive right hand, which has allowed Wach to cruise his way to a 27-0 record against largely mediocre to poor opposition. Of course, he’s never faced anyone close to the skill and experience of big Wlad.
When: November 10, 2012
Where: World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
See It On: EPIX
The Pugs and The Prize
Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko
(58-3, 50 KOs)
WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion