By Scott Gilfoid: The big 6’7 ½” Mariusz Wach (31-2, 17 KOs) was no match for former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) tonight in the Russian fighter’s tune-up fight on Wednesday night at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia. The fight was stopped in the 12th because of a cut that Wach had over his left eye.
This was a classic mismatch that was ugly to watch and just plain senseless, because it did nothing for the 36-year-old Povetkin. I mean, it certainly didn’t prepare him for a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wach threw very few punches in the fight. He mostly just stood in front of Povetkin and attempted to fend him off with weak jabs, and occasionally a right hand. Wach threw some right hands early, but by stopped throwing them almost completely by the 5th round. By that point in the fight, Wach was just hanging around, taking shots, and clinching every once in a while.
Referee Jay Nady was all over Wach’s case each time he would grab Povetkin around the neck while clinching. That seemed pretty minor to me compared to all the low blows that I saw Povetkin getting away with in the fight. Nady didn’t life a finger to warn Povetkin about his low blows, but he sure did climb all over the poor Wach for each time he held onto Povetkin’s neck while clinching. It seemed like Nady had his priorities mixed up with the way he was policing the fight.
Povetkin will now have to wait at least five to six months for his title shot against Deontay Wilder, because the World Boxing Council granted Wilder’s wish to fight a voluntary defense on January 16th. Povetkin won’t be ready to fight then anyway because he has a cut over his left eye that will require a lot of time for it to heal.