Klitschko shows mettle of champion

Heavyweight champ weathers brief trouble to otherwise dominate Mariusz Wach

Updated: November 12, 2012, 12:13 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

If anyone was concerned about how heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko would react going into his first fight in more than eight years without the late Emanuel Steward, his dear friend and trainer, they shouldn't have been.

Klitschko turned in yet another supreme performance in a one-sided annihilation of Poland's Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) to retain the heavyweight world championship for the 13th time on Saturday before a sold-out crowd of about 15,000 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, ...

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