Update: Boente: Wach Not Being Considered For a Klitschko Fight
By Johnny Walker
Contradicting today’s online press release from the camp of heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, Wladimir Klitschko business manager Bernd Boente told ESPN boxing scribe Dan Rafael that Wach is NOT being considered for a fight against the world heavyweight champion.
During his chat session today on ESPN, Rafael said, “According to Bernd Boente, who I emailed with today, that is not a fight they are looking at, which is no surprise, since Wach is an unknown with no particular resume. That is not to say he isn’t any good. Just means he has no business in a heavyweight championship fight at this stage of his career.”
This contradicts the Wach camp’s claim that Klitschko business adviser Shelly Finkel was ready to offer Wach a deal to fight the champion if current negotiations with an unnamed heavyweight contender fell through.
Mariusz Wach Could Be Next For Wlad Klitschko In November
Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach, 31, who impressively knocked out veteran Kevin McBride with one punch last week in Uncasville, Connecticut, is close to a deal to fight The Ring magazine recognized world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in November.
According to a new posting on the website of Wach’s promoter, www.globalboxing.com, Wach “would be next in line if negotiations between Klitschko’s promoter K2 Boxing and another unnamed party fail to produce a fight.”
Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel “asked if we were interested in fighting Wladimir in November. I said ‘Yes, we’re interested, send me the proposal,’” says Global Boxing CEO Mariusz Kolodziej.
Wach (25-0, 13 KO), who stands 6’8″, would be one of the few available opponents actually taller than the world champion (another giant, Tyson Fury, has said he is not interested at this time), making the fight one of interest for even casual boxing fans. Klitschko has expressed a desire to fight again in the United States, and a fight with Wach in the New York / New Jersey area would be a big draw for the many Russian, Ukrainian and Polish boxing fans residing there.
Team Wach is now awaiting a proposal from Klitschko’s K2 pro motions, expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon. If he does not fightKlitschko, Wach has no shortage of possible opponents for his next fight.
“We are currently fielding offers from various parties,” Kolodziej explains.
“Obviously Wach wants the chance to become heavyweight champion of the world, but we have to make sure that this is the right deal for us at this time.”