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Klitschko team says Mariusz Wach tested positive for steroids, Wach denies

Team Klitschko says that Mariusz Wach failed a post-fight drug test following his loss to Wladimir Klitschko, and claim that steroids may have enabled him to stand up to Wladimir's big punches.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Team Klitschko manager Bernd Boente told Bild in Germany that Mariusz Wach failed his post-fight drug test, positive for steroids, after his November 10 loss to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg. From

The President of the Federation of German Professional Boxing Association (BDB), Thomas Putz has informed us about a positive Sample A," Bönte told the German daily Bild. "That would also explain why Wach has survived all these big hits. Doping is of course is a no-go. It also shows how dangerous doping could be blocking pain."

Uhhhh... buhhh. Well. Look. Steroids don't give you a stronger chin. That's the long and the short of that one.

Anyway, Wach denies taking anything:

"The first time that I heard about it [was when I started getting calls]. I did not take anything. ... I have not received any official communication [that I tested positive]. I'm totally shattered. I look forward to further developments in the case."

Wach (27-1, 15 KO) stood up to a huge assault and some massive punches from Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO), because he's a very tough, very large man. I have no idea whether he took any PEDs or not, but I am confident in saying that if he did, that doesn't explain why Wladimir Klitschko couldn't knock him out.

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