By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Global Boxing
“There will be NO unsanctioned fights until the German Boxing Federation (BDB) suspension takes its course. Mariusz Wach has ten more days to pay his 10,000-Euro fine, and then “Viking” has to wait patiently until July 11, 2013. I will never agree to let him fight before this date because you have to respect penalty when you did something wrong,” said Global Boxing Promotion president Mariusz Kołodziej in response to rumors that his fighter Mariusz “Viking” Wach is preparing to be back in action in the this month in the USA.
On November 11, 2012, Mariusz “Viking” Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) lost a unanimous but spirited and brave fight to WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs). On November 27, 2012, after a urine test conducted according to anti-doping rules of the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) came back dirty, the Polish heavyweight was suspended for use of anabolic steroids by German Boxing Federation (BDB).
There are mixed signals. Wach, who lives now in Poland, suggested that he can come back even this month and fight in the US. On the other side, you as a co-promoter (Jimmy Burchfield is the other half of the Wach promotional team) stated that this fight will never get your approval.
Mariusz Kołodziej: That’s correct. I have too much respect for the German Boxing Federation decision, to all the sanctioned bodies involved in Klitschko-Wach championship fight, to do this. We have to end this rumor right now – Wach will not fight in the States in April or any other month before the suspension ends on July 11, 2013. I don’t know who he’s listening to right now, but whatever they’re saying about doing something without my permission, they’re mistaken. Mariusz will be a Global Boxing fighter until 2015.
Just the last sentence tells me that this friendship agreement you had with your namesake, when Wach was training at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, is a long forgotten past.
MK: It’s impossible to have a friendship agreement when Mariusz Wach is not talking to me. It’s his choice but I have a suggestion – instead of wasting time planning fights that will never happen, “Viking” should take care of hard training and be ready for July.
The eight month suspension imposed on Wach for using banned substances, could be extended by state sports commissions in United States.
MK: We all hope this will not be the case. Wach has to understand the penalty – being removed from WBO, WBA and IBF rankings, suspension – and prove himself again in the boxing ring.