Wladimir Klitschko gave Mariusz Wach a boxing lesson over twelve rounds to score a comprehensive points victory over the previously unbeaten Pole in Hamburg.
The 36 year-old, who dedicated this latest victory to the passing of his former trainer Emanuel Steward, came through the contest with ease and was never in danger of even losing a round on my card.
The presence of eternal underdog Rocky Balboa, in the form of a performance from the cast of ‘Rocky: The Musical’ and Sylvester Stallone himself, was not enough to spur Wach on as he seemed content to go the distance and prove his toughness.
One moment in the fifth round was the only blemish on a faultless win for Klitschko, who was rocked in the last seconds of the session, but recovered in the one minute interval to carry on where he left off.
The Ukrainian’s pawing jab and trademark right hand kept Wach busy all night as the four-belt champion came away with a 120-107 (twice), 119-109 victory on the three judges cards. I scored it 120-108.
Klitschko ended the fight with a cut over his left eye and with the fifth round punch, showed signs that he may be on the decline, although I admit that maybe being harsh and picking holes on my part.
Wach, 32, has to be commended for his durability, even though his skills were on a different planet to the formidable former Olympic champion, who continues his unrivalled domination in the division and moves to 59-3.