Advertisement
Advertisement

Weights From Hamburg: Klitschko 246.9, Wach 249.1

By Jake Donovan

Wladimir Klitschko and Mariusz Wach are both fit and ready for Saturday night's heavyweight championship battle at the O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Klitschko (58-3, 50KO) weighed in at 246.9 lb (112 kg), notably lighter than the career-heavy 249 lb he posted for his 6th round stoppage win over Tony Thompson in his most recent appearance in July. 

Wach (27-0, 15KO) came in at 249.1 lb (113 kg) for his first-ever crack at a world title. The 6′ 7½″ challenger is the first opponent to have a height advantage over the 6'6" Klitschko, as well as boasting a slightly longer reach. 

The heavyweight championship marks sixth defense of the lineal crown for Klitschko. On the alphabet side, it's the 12th defense of the belt he acquired in his April '06 rematch with Chris Byrd to start his second title reign.

A notable absence from his corner will be the late Emanuel Steward, who passed away last month at age 68. Klitschko enters the ring without the services of Steward for the first time in nearly nine years. Taking the Hall of Fame trainer's physical place in the corner will be Johnathon Banks, an aspiring heavyweight contender who is also Klitschko's chief sparring partner and a longtime Steward protégé.

All four officials are from North America, where Wach is based. The unbeaten contender was born in Poland but now fights out of northern New Jersey, which is still feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy as well as this week's snowstorm.  

The geography of the judges creates a sort of balance for the visiting challenger en route to Hamburg, which is the home base of Klitschko's K2 Promotions. The referee is Eddie Cotton from the United States, while the three ringside judges are Adalaide Byrd (U.S.), Michael Ancona (U.S.) and Pasquale Procopio (Canada).

Saturday's contest airs live in Germany on RTL, which recently extended a unique five-fight deal with the Klitschko brothers - meaning any combination of Wladimir and Vitali can enter the ring as part of the terms. The United States will also have access to the telecast, airing live on EPIX (4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT) and online at EpixHD.com, as well as the Times Square jumbotron in New York City. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ROSS CALIFORNIA on 11-09-2012

Wlad is going to polverise this guy.

Comment by FlatLine on 11-09-2012

It took Wach 6 rounds to KO Tye Fields, it took Monte Barrett 0:57 seconds. Make of it what you will...

Comment by FlatLine on 11-09-2012

the no fear bandana is straight out of the 90s!

Comment by joe strong on 11-09-2012

can wach take a punch? he has never beaten a top 20 fringe contender nor has he fought in a event of this magnitude. how will he handle the pressure? you can bet vitali klitschko will be standing beside wach…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=Random1;12680547]Not sure why Wlad's weight is made such mention of. He "lost" just over 2 pounds from his last fight, is usually within a range of 10 pounds anyway, so why bother? I mean, some of this is probably the…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (21)
Top Headlines Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator Well-preserved veteran Nick Casal eager to end five-year hiatus Parker's Coach Confident His Boxer Will Succeed Where Tua Failed Harmonito Dela Torre Ready To Impress in His U.S. Debut Washington is Helping Breazeale, Warns That Joshua is in Tough Photos: Mike Tyson Hits China For Ruenroeng-Casimero II Paul Butler: We're On The Brink of World Title Shot, This is Massive Stephen Smith: I Belong at World Level, I Want Another Title Shot Golovkin's Coach Expects Amir Khan To Rebound Very Well Hearn: Haye Not on Anthony Joshua's Radar For Next Three Fights Canelo, Golden Boy Dig in For Lengthy Court Battle With All-Star Roach: I'm Excited, I Truly Feel Postol Will Beat Terence Crawford Jacobs' Trainer Says They'll Be Ready For Golovkin in Due Time Joseph Parker on Elbow Issue, Solomon Haumono Bout, More UFC Prez: Not a Single Convo on Mayweather-McGregor Firat Arslan Returns To The Ring on June 4 in Kassel Gabe Rosado To Face Antonio Gutierrez on June 4 at StubHub Abril-Belmontes, Foreman-Davis Doubleheader on June 3 Golovkin's Promoter Hits Back at Mayweather's Trash Talk Shane Mosley-David Avanesyan Full Card Set Down AIBA President Confident Pro Fighters Will Compete in Olympics Haye: I'll Be Careful Early, But Then I'll Drop Briggs and KO Him Kevin Satchell Returns on June 4th as Part of Smith Liverpool Bill Photos: Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent Reunite On Stage in Las Vegas Briggs Feels Haye in Decline: He Was a Better Fighter Before Liam Smith: IF Canelo Returns To 154, He's Perfect For Me! Ricky Burns: Michele Di Rocco Won't Know What Hit Him! Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez To Get in The Ring For Charity Makabu: Not Going The Distance, I'm Knocking Tony Bellew Out! Berto Tabs Golovkin Over Canelo, Wants To Fight The Winner Roach Downs Mayweather-McGregor, Wants Lebedev-Glowacki Cuellar Confident of Mares Win, Tabs Santa Cruz Over Frampton Hearn Blasts Khan, Says Brook Fight is 'Gone' Jorge Linares is Ready: I'm Going To Fight Anthony Crolla Next! Lemieux Interested in Canelo Fight - But NO Catch-Weight No More Delays: All-Star Boxing Gets Day in Court Versus Canelo Shannon Briggs: I'm Knocking David Haye Out Cold in a Round
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement