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Mariusz Wach

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  • Nickname: The Viking
  • Date of Birth: 14th December 1979 (44 years old)
  • Career duration: 19 years 2 months
  • Nationality: Poland Flag Poland
  • Birthplace: Krakow, Poland Flag Krakow, Poland
  • Residence: Krakow, Poland Flag Krakow, Poland
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 202cm
  • Reach: 208cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Mariusz Wach
  • Debut: 29th April 2005

Biography

Born on December 14, 1979, in Krakow, Poland, Mariusz Wach emerged as a notable contender in the heavyweight boxing scene. Standing at an imposing 2.02 meters (6'7") tall, with a reach of 2.08 meters (6'10"), Wach's physical attributes alone make him a formidable opponent in the ring.

Wach's boxing journey began in 1990 when he first took up the sport. During his extensive 90-fight amateur career, he proudly represented Poland in various tournaments, capturing two gold medals and a bronze in the Individual Polish Championships, as well as a silver in the 2004 European Union Championships. His amateur success even earned him a spot as an alternate on the Polish team for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Turning professional in April 2005, Wach made his debut with a first-round knockout victory over Deniss Melniks in ?wiebodzice, Poland. He quickly established himself in the United States, making his American debut in January 2006 and winning the Polish International heavyweight title later that year.

Under the guidance of former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, Wach continued to hone his skills and rack up impressive victories. A notable triumph came in July 2011 when he faced Kevin McBride, who ended Mike Tyson's career. Wach showcased his power and precision, knocking out McBride with a single right cross in the fourth round to claim the WBC International heavyweight title.

Wach's most significant opportunity arrived on November 10, 2012, when he challenged the legendary Wladimir Klitschko for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles in Hamburg, Germany. Despite his valiant effort and a momentary wobble of Klitschko in the fifth round, Wach ultimately fell short, losing by unanimous decision. Nevertheless, his ability to withstand Klitschko's power and go the distance earned him respect in the boxing community.

Throughout his career, Wach has demonstrated his resilience and determination. Despite setbacks, such as a failed drug test following the Klitschko bout, he has persevered and continued to compete at a high level. Notable fights in recent years include a hard-fought unanimous decision loss to top contender Dillian Whyte in December 2019 and a unanimous decision victory over Kevin Johnson in 2020.

With his imposing size, robust amateur background, and professional accomplishments, Mariusz Wach has carved out a place for himself as a respected figure in the heavyweight division. His journey from the boxing gyms of Poland to the bright lights of international title fights serves as a testament to his dedication and skill in the ring.