In the return of professional boxing to Poland post Covid-19 outbreak Friday night, veteran Heavyweight Mariusz Wach won an easy 10-round unanimous decision over his American opponent in the main event.
The 40 year-old Wach controlled the action and was never really threatened by Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, a journeyman fighter from New Jersey, who clearly filled the role of “the opponent” on Friday night.
From the beginning of the fight Wach established himself with his considerable size and reach advantage. And, Johnson was content to lay on the ropes and try to counter-punch. Although, he did that infrequently and without much success.
There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was ever in serious trouble. Although, there were no official punch stats, Wach clearly was out-landing Johnson at least 2-1 throughout the entire fight.
The judges scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 in favor of Wach, which was a very accurate reflection of what happened in the ring:
In the main event in Konary, Poland, a fight that slightly exceeded very minimal expectations, Mariusz Wach (36-6) with the UD-10 victory over Kevin Johnson (34-17-1) for the vacant Republic of Poland International Heavy Title. Official scores 99-91, 98-92 & 97-93 pic.twitter.com/qKZGshhcjd
— Tim – Boxeo 拳闘 Boxen бокс มวย Boks 拳击 Box (@Hock1717) June 12, 2020
Wach previously lost in his last fight to English contender Dillian Whyte on a 12 round unanimous decision last December in Saudi Arabia. Friday night, he used his jab and straight right hand to dominate most of the rounds. Johnson tried to put some occasional combinations together in the final two rounds without much success.
The fight was held in Konray, Poland in a TV studio, and though it was billed as having no fans, it clearly had at least two dozen people visible in the crowd, watching and cheering. It was available through Wach and his promoter, Agon Sports, and through Youtube behind a paywall.
Wach came into this fight having lost four of his last six bouts, including two of them prior to his Whyte loss to fellow Pole, Artur Szpilka and American, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
With the win Wach proved to 36 – 6, 6 KOs. Meanwhile, “Kingpin” Johnson, who came in with 16 career losses is now 34 – 17- 1.