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Klitschko at weight disadvantage for Wach

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Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko will be in the unfamiliar position of giving up both a height and weight advantage to his opponent on Saturday.

The Ukrainian, preparing for the latest defence of his WBA, IBF, WBO & Ring Magazine titles, weighed in nearly two pounds lighter than Saturday's opponent, the undefeated Pole Mariusz Wach, when the pair met on Friday.

Klitschko tipped the scales at 247 pounds, two lighter than for his last appearance in the ring against Tony Thompson, with Wach weighing an imposing 249 pounds.

Already giving up four centimetres in height to Wach, Klitschko will be in for the unusual experience of looking up at his opponent when they meet each other in the ring on Saturday evening in Hamburg.

Klitschko has previously paid tribute to his opponent, who is making a real step up in class after winning his previous 27 professional fights.

"Mariusz Wach is something of a showman," Klitschko said. "He likes to talk, he likes to present himself. I have analysed him like any other opponent I've had.

"I've watched all his interviews and all the training sessions I could find and he has made a good impression on me."

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