Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach Preview Dec. 12th
England’s Hughie Fury returns to the ring at Wembley Arena in London this Saturday, Dec. 12th when he takes on Mariusz Wach of Poland. Wach last fought in June when he beat Kevin Johnson by 10-round unanimous decision for the Polish Heavyweight Belt. Fury was last in the ring in March when he stopped Pavel Sour in the third round. The 10-round heavyweight fight can be seen live in North America on DAZN while those in the UK can catch the action on Sky Sports Box Office as it’s on the undercard of the Joshua vs Pulev Heavyweight Title tilt.
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Fury vs Wach Betting Odds
- Mariusz Wach +400
- Hughie Fury -600
Fury, who was born in Stockport, is of course the cousin of Tyson Fury. He’s 26 years old and hasn’t really beaten anybody of note up to now since turning pro in 2013 as he’s more or less living off of his last name. He’s boxed a total of 145 rounds against the likes of Sour, Samuel Peter, Sam Sexton, Fred Kassi, Dominick Guinn, Larry Olubamiwo, Andriy Rudenko and Matthew Greer. When he did step up in class against Joseph Parker for a shot at his WBO Heavyweight Title in September, 2017 he held his own, but dropped a majority decision.
He didn’t look impressive at all against Kubrat Pulev in October, 2018 either and lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Alexander Povetkin when stepping up in class again last year. Fury’s now 24-3 with 14 Kos with the defeats to Parker, Pulev and Povetkin, who incidentally all have last names beginning with the letter P. Fury enjoyed a pretty good amateur career and stopped Sam Sexton in five rounds in May, 2018 to win the British Heavyweight Title.
However, Fury’s been mainly successful as a pro due to his size as he stands 6-feet-6-inches tall with an 80-inch wingspan. Along with winning the British Heavyweight Title, Fury has also captured the WBO Inter-Continental Belt as a pro. He’s quite mobile in the ring but often slaps pity-pat punches instead of letting them go with power and his current knockout ratio is 52 per cent. He’s displayed a solid chin so far but hasn’t really needed it yet against most of his opponents. In reality, Fury isn’t considered championship material by most and never will be unless he can beat a current top-10 contender rather than journeymen and those in the twilight of their careers.
Wach, who hails from Krakow, will turn 41 years old two days after the fight. He’s actually the bigger boxer here as he’s just over 6-feet-7-inches tall and has a wingspan of 82 inches. He’s an inch taller than Fury with a two-inch edge in reach. He isn’t really a power puncher either with a current knockout ratio of 45.2 per cent. He enters the ring with a record of 36-6 with 19 Kos. Wach turned pro in 2005 and has quite a bit of experience with 259 rounds to his name.
Along with being stopped by Jarrell Miller in nine rounds in 2017, he was also stopped by Alexander Povetkin by 12th-round TKO in 2015. In addition, Wach was halted in eight rounds in April, 2019 by Martin Bakole for the vacant Polish International Heavyweight Title. Wach once failed in an attempt at a world title in the past as he dropped a unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in 2012 and his other loss was a 10-round split decision to fellow countryman Artur Szpilka in November, 2018.
Wach stopped two opponents with losing records in September and October of 2019 after losing three straight to Miller, Szpilka and Bakole and before his 10-round unanimous decision defeat t to Dillian Whyte last December. Most of Wach’s other opponents have mainly been journeymen as with the most recognizable names being Kevin McBride, Tye Fields, Galen Brown, Jason Gavern, Julius Long, Arthur Cook, Travis Walker and Marcelo Luiz Nascimento.
Wach, who has also participated in mixed martial arts, had a good amateur career and was a Polish National Champion. He won a silver medal at the European Union Championships and was an Olympic alternate for Poland in 2004. Since turning pro he’s captured the IBF East/West Europe, WBC International, WBC Baltic, TWBA, and Polish International Heavyweight Titles.
Wach never really was a consistent top-10 heavyweight contender but he’s certainly enjoyed some fine moments throughout his career. However, it’s typical that Fury is fighting him now that he’s about to turn 41 years of age. If Wach’s at his best he could give Fury some trouble, but if he’s not in top form I’m expecting Fury to take it. Since Fury has displayed a solid chin up to now I don’t expect him to be stopped and it’s also unreasonable to expect Wach to outbox him. Therefore I’m looking for a Fury victory in another sideways or backwards step in his career.
Fury’s 15 years younger at it should show.
Play: Fury -600 @ BetOnline.ag
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