Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko cruises to points win over Mariusz Wach
Wladimir Klitschko retained his world heavyweight titles with a one-sided points victory over Poland's Mariusz Wach.
Last Updated: 13/11/12 4:42pm
It was the Ukrainian's first fight since the death of his long-time trainer Emanuel Steward last month and he put on a show worthy of the Kronk mastermind.
Wach came into the contest with a 27-fight unbeaten record but was completely outclassed by the world champion, who took his record to 59-3 with the 13th successful defence of his titles, prevailing 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109 on the judges' scorecards.
Wach was in trouble from the opening bell as Klitschko landed jabs into the challenger's face almost at will.
The Pole had knocked out his last seven opponents, but tellingly only 14 of his 27 total victims had winning records.
Wach was stunned by a right hand in the third and looked completely out of his depth for the first four rounds.
He had his one moment of success in the fifth as he staggered Klitshko with a big right hand which had the champion momentarily shaky and hanging on.
But normal service was resumed in the next as Klitschko tightened up his defence and once more got the right hand regularly juddering into Wach's face.
The fight should have been stopped in the eighth as Klitschko piled on the pressure and a clearly hurt Wach failed to respond with a punch of his own for more than a minute.
But the referee let it continue and Klitschko was prepared to coast through the rest of the fight, piling up the points and continuing to hand out the punishmnent to his brave but outclassed opponent.