Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his titles on points against overwhelmed challenger Mariusz Wach at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany on November 10.
If there were any questions as to how Klitschko would perform without Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward by his side, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion well and truly answered them all with a dominant display.
In what was an incredibly one-sided fight, two judges scored the contest 120-107 with the third scoring it 119-09 all in favour of Klitschko.
It was abundantly clear from as soon as the first round that Wach was in over his head as the 36-year-old Klitschko from Ukraine connected with left jabs and devastating straight right hands throughout.
The American-based Pole Wach absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment and failed to land any major offense during the 12 rounds.
It was if at times that Wach’s face was magnetically attracted to Klitschko’s hands as he showed little to no head movement whatsoever.
Klitschko came close to stopping the challenger in eighth round as he forced Wach – who sported an undefeated record of 27 wins prior to the bout - against the ropes and teed off with a salvo of punches but Wach bravely withstood the onslaught.
In the following round, the tempo dipped considerably and Klitschko seemed content to box his way to victory for the remaining duration of the contest.
With the heavyweight division severely lacking in legitimate contenders, it is unlikely that we will see Klitschko taken out of his comfort zone anytime soon.
However, he once again proved why he is the best heavyweight pugilist in the world as he cruised to his 59th career win.869756