Wladimir Klitschko vs. Mariusz Wach Results: What's Next for Defending Champion?

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2012

Nov 10, 2012; Hamburg, GERMANY; Wladimir Klistchko celebrates after defeating Mariusz Wach in their bout at O2 World Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via US PRESSWIRE
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Wladimir Klitschko added yet another dominating victory to his resume with a unanimous decision win over Mariusz Wach.

Wach had the look of a legitimate contender. He had the size to neutralize Klitschko. He was undefeated in 27 career fights with 15 knockouts. It appeared that he had all the tools necessary to test Klitschko's chin and make this an interesting bout.

None of that mattered.

Wach appeared to have his feet set in stone for much of the fight and his head movement was nearly non-existent. Klitschko put on a boxing clinic as he took every round from the Pole, and his technical prowess and power were simply too much for Wach to handle.

With yet another dominating victory, where does the defending champion go from here?

He's fought nearly every relevant contender in the Heavyweight division and dominated with ease. So now what?


Grant David Haye, a Rematch

Klitschko's impressive 17-fight, eight-year win streak has been marked with a ton of blowouts and knockouts, but Briton Heavyweight David Haye was able to challenge Klitschko at times in their first bout.

When Haye came up to the heavyweight division from cruiserweight, he made it his job to antagonize both Klitschko brothers as much as possible. He took every opportunity to talk his way into a title shot against Wladimir but failed to deliver as he lost on all three score cards.

Since then Haye has been pretty idle but recently knocked out Dereck Chisora in five rounds to show that he is still an elite contender in the division.

Haye's manager Adam Booth told Sky Sports that the fight isn't likely to happen, but if Haye truly thinks that he could best Klitschko in a rematch, it's probably a match boxing fans would like to see.


Alexander Povetkin

Klitschko proved that being an undefeated prospect doesn't faze him, but Povetkin would still offer an interesting matchup.

The WBA Heavyweight champion is an impressive 25-0 with 17 knockouts in his career and has some notable wins on his resume against Hasim Rahman, Marco Huck and Ruslan Chagaev.

The Russian would be a huge underdog against Klitschko, but so would just about everyone in the heavyweight division. This isn't a blockbuster by any means, but if Klitschko is interested in taking on a new challenge, Povetkin's his man.



There's nothing better than going out on top right?

At this point Klitschko looks just as unbeatable as anyone can in boxing. He's taken on all comers the last eight years and turned each one away in dominating fashion. What's left for him to accomplish?

Outside of a superfight with his brother, there's no appealing option that would add anything special to his legacy. With every notable title already in tow, Klitschko has the opportunity to walk away from the sport as one of the most dominant athletes in the history of the division.

Klitschko was absolutely dominant in his most recent win, but he was rocked in the fifth round. He rebounded nicely and won the round, but what if he was fighting a more dangerous opponent?

At this point it may not be worth risking a fluke loss to damage his legacy. It may be time for Klitschko to hang up the gloves and let someone else hold a championship in the division.