By Luke Furman
"Polish Giant" Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15KOs) is already in camp and putting together his strategy for the November 10th clash with WBA/WBO/IBO/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51KOs), scheduled to land at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg.
Two years ago, in August 2010, Wach helped prepare Sam Peter for his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
"I still have very fond memories of that trip. Everyone was pleasantly surprised by my attitude with boxing. We were there with Ty Fields. But after a few sparring sessions Fields could not continue, so I had to spar with Peter for 6, 8 and 10 rounds. His coaches and Peter himself was very happy because I set the bar very high," Wach said.
"I've changed a lot. In these two years I took a huge step forward in my physical training and psychology. Now I'm a completely different fighter. Two years ago I was a warm dumpling, I know that. I set high standards for myself in training, and my coaches also did not give me any mercy. I moved to the U.S., where I spend most of my time, leaving my fiancee and my child in Poland. For two years I've worked exclusively in boxing."
Wach says that there is no fear of Wladimir and he plans to expose the weaknesses that other boxers were unable to impose on.
"I never thought about whether something bad will happen to me [in the ring]. Fear is always somewhere in there, but during training and the fight itself it disappears. Then you do not think about it," Wach said.
"Each fighter has his weaknesses, but it is good to know them. His past opponents also knew his weaknesses, but they could not take advantage of them. I also know the weaknesses of Wladimir and I will work hard to [expose them], take him off balance and win the battle."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org