Mar 8, 2 years ago

Fight Photos: Gunshy Mormeck was cannon-fodder for Klitschko’s booming battering rams

 Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Pictures: Public Address/Klitschko

Prior to last weekend, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had likened challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck‘s work-rate to boxing’s erstwhile badman Mike Tyson but the performance on fight night – March 3 at the ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf – mirrored Audley Harrison’s timid display against David Haye in 2010. Klitschko dominated and triumphed by way of fourth round knockout against a gun-shy pugilist dubbed The Marksman.

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Klitschko extended his reign as the ‘Super’ WBA/WBO (pictured, background)/IBO/IBF/The Ring heavyweight world champ

Klitschko towered over the 5’11 Mormeck who was unable to circumvent the height disparity, Wlad’s jab or the right cross

Wlad connected with 26/70 of his power shots… Mormeck landed two. Combined with one paltry jab

Jean-Marc was dropped in rounds two and four, unable to continue because of a crafty left hook

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Mar 3, 2 years ago

Jean Marc Mormeck capitulates as Wladimir Klitschko notches his 50th KO victim

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko extended his reign atop boxing’s no-limit weight class by knocking out French challenger Jean Marc Mormeck and, in so doing, joins Joe Louis, Max Baer, Ezzard Charles and George Foreman as heavyweight world titlists to have accumulated 50 (or more) wins by way of knockout. Klitschko triumphed at the stunning ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday, March 3.

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Kirsch’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
W. Klitschko
10 10 10 10 - - - - - -
- -
Mormeck
9 8 9
8 - - - - - - - -

Official verdict: Klitschko wins by way of fourth round knockout.

It is a mark of Klitschko’s sustained ability that he participated in his 60th professional bout, his 200th overall including amateur fights… it is a mark of his intelligence that he was able to converse with reporters from five different countries in their own native tongue at press events during fight week and it is a mark of his personality that a young boy with cystic fibrosis accompanied him to the ring holding aloft one of his many world championship titles.

Mormeck had a determination to become the first from his country to lift aloft a major heavyweight belt, but like Tomasz Adamek against Wladimir’s older brother last year, Mormeck found the step-up from cruiserweight significance to heavyweight dominance unobtainable as he was shut out by the powerful and physically-imposing Ukrainian.

Wladimir controlled the tempo and distance with his accurate jab and, when the two engaged in clinches, Klitschko – at 6’6 – leaned his 28lb heavier body over the 5’11 challenger, sapping the much smaller man of energy who was breathing mightily heavily on his stool between the first and second round.

Pre-fight predictions of a mismatch proved prophetic as Mormeck almost submitted as Klitschko unloaded with relentless power rights and Mormeck collapsed awkwardly, looked to his corner but made the count and survived the tough round. The Frenchman fell to the floor in a messy third but the Puerto Rican officiator Luis Pabon gave Wlad a stern telling off for pushing down, something he reiterated between rounds as head cornerman Emanuel Steward explained that Mormeck was there for the taking.

That fight-ending shot came in the fourth round but it was not because of a trademark right hand, but a skull-thumping left hook. It roused the crowd, who gave Wladimir a standing ovation from the knockout, all the way to his mounting each turnbuckle to mime the letters “5″ and “0″ with each hand.

With the win, Klitschko secured a landmark sporting achievement and moved to 57-3-0, 50ko while Mormeck dropped down to 36-5-0, 22ko.

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Mar 3, 2 years ago

Fight Photos/Video: Wladimir Klitschko’s preparations and Jean-Marc Mormeck’s motivations

Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Pictures: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG/Klitschko

Jean-Marc Mormeck‘s shot at the unified heavyweight championship may have been unlikely, but the Frenchman’s motivation is clear… the former two-time cruiserweight king wants to become the first from his country to rule boxing’s no-limit weight class, however, the current holder of the ‘Super’ WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO/The Ring magazine belts; Wladimir Klitschko, has been preparing with this in mind ahead of their duel on March 3 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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The obvious seven inch height disparity on show, Mormeck barely reaches 6ft. Credit: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG

Wlad behind his belts (IBO title is nearest, ‘Super’ WBA belt is farthest). Credit: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG

Key Quotes

Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko): “Jean-Marc Mormeck has a major goal: To became the first world heavyweight champion from France. He is very experienced and also has had a lot of title fights in his career. His size makes it even more difficult for me to hit him. I will do anything to make sure to keep the belts that I have been unifying in the last years.”

Mormeck (36-4-0, 22ko): “I have an iron will and will break Wladimir Klitschko mentally. I am not afraid of anybody and I am sure that I will beat Klitschko and take his belts.”

(Video embedded above credit – YouTube, KlitschkoChannel)

Weights

Klitschko – 244.75lbs

Mormeck – 215.1lbs

(Video embedded above credit – YouTube, KlitschkoChannel)

Wlad also outweighs the Marksman by 28.75lbs. Credit: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG

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Dec 5, 3 years ago

Wladimir Klitschko suffers kidney colic: Jean-Marc Mormeck bout postponed till March

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The scheduled fight for Saturday, December 10, at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine world heavyweight championship incumbent Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck (35-4-0, 22ko), of France, had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko).

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Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.

Prof. Dr. Peter Albers – head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf – said: “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship.

“After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”

The plans for rescheduling the fight involve March 3 as the possible date: “Purchased tickets retain their validity,” said Bernd Boente, the managing director for K2.

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Dec 1, 3 years ago

Golovkin v Simon, two title fights and the next Thomas Hearns feature on Klitschko v Mormeck card

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In addition to Wladimir Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko), the most dominant heavyweight champion who defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4-0, 22ko) and the co-feature of Gennady Golovkin (21-0-0, 18ko) defending his WBA middleweight world championship against Lajuan Simon (23-3-2, 12ko), there will be two more title fights on the December 10 show at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions said: “We just announced the Gennady Golovkin fight as the co-feature on our show last week and now we have added two more title fights.”

Johnathon Banks, (27-1-0, 18ko) will defend his NABF heavyweight championship belt against tough contender DaVarryl Williamson (27-6-0, 23ko). Banks has appeared on many Klitschko shows and will now face one of his most dangerous opponents in DaVarryl. Williamson had fought Wladimir Klitschko earlier in his career and is known as a very strong puncher.

Commenting on the event, Banks said: “I am excited to be on the same show with Wladimir and I will show the fans that I am at the top of the heavyweight division. I have fought in the large soccer stadiums in Germany before and I know it will be a great atmosphere in ESPRIT arena.”

Isa Akberbayev (8-0-0, 5ko), from Kazakhstan, will fight for the vacant IBO intercontinental cruiserweight title against local favorite Armin Dollinger (21-2-0, 8ko), who fights out of Munich, Germany.

Also on the card is undefeated top super welterweight prospect Tony Harrison (4-0-0 4ko), who opens the show in what will be his fifth professional bout. Harrison is trained by the world famous Emanuel Steward who believes his boxer has as much potential as Thomas Hearns when he was coming up. Harrison boxes Harut Sahakyan who, like Tony, has had four pro fights and is undefeated.

Loeffler continued: “This is by far the best show top to bottom that we have put together. We have two world title fights and two regional fights that are evenly matched. A WBA champion like Golovkin or bouts like Banks versus Williamson could normally be the main event on a fight night. The fans will definitely get their money’s worth from this great show and we are excited to be able to put it together.”

The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes in North America and also shown in 150 countries worldwide. You can find official ticket sales information here. Tickets are available from €20.

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Oct 6, 3 years ago

Klitschko v Mormeck booked: Wlad has a glass chin, says Jean-Marc

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

French contender Jean-Marc Mormeck, a former cruiserweight champion, is next to challenge dominant Ukrainian; Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight ruler’s WBA/WBO/IBF and The Ring magazine titles, as the two have been matched-up on Saturday, December 10, in a world title contest that will take place in Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena – a 54,600 capacity soccer stadium with a retractable roof.

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Mormeck next for Wlad

Mormeck next for Wlad

“I know that I go into every fight as the favourite but I also know that every opponent will be prepared to be at their best against me,” Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko) explained, as reported by the Press Association, after confirmation of the fight was made on Thursday.

Mormeck (36-4-0, 22ko) is the number one Frenchman in boxing’s premier division and is undefeated as a heavyweight. His last defeat was to David Haye in a 2007 cruiserweight clash. His notable wins at 200lbs included two triumphs over Virgil Hill and a points victory over Wayne Braithwaite.

His body of work at heavyweight is limited to trumping journeyman Vinny Maddalone, veteran Puerto Rican born American Fres Oquendo and resilient Uzbek Timur Ibragimov, however, despite this, Mormeck – at 39-years-old – has fought professionally 40 times, boxing 260 rounds.

“Mormeck is one of the most experienced opponents I’ve ever faced,” Wladimir said. “He has already competed in numerous world title fights, he’s technically strong, has excellent boxing skills and fights extremely intelligently.

“To underestimate him would be fatal,” the unified heavyweight finished.

Mormeck commented on his desire to become a champion of two weight classes. He said: “I’ve longed for this opportunity. I know I can take it.  Unlike against David Haye, when I had him on the ground before losing, I will finish the job now. Wladimir has a glass chin that I will break. He can’t take punches.

“On December 11 I’ll come home to Paris with a suitcase full of championship belts.”

Panorama of the ESPRIT Arena. Credit: Alexander Kaiser, Commons

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Mar 26, 3 years ago

British Beatdown: David Haye could be elevated to WBA’s super champion, Chagaev, Povetkin and Mormeck in contention for regular belt

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

David Haye could be elevated to the status of ‘super champion’ by the WBA – the governing body who awarded Haye their version of the heavyweight title due to his 2009 points triumph over Nikolai Valuev. Rumours further suggest that Aleksandr Povetkin, Jean Marc Mormeck and Ruslan Chagaev will be awarded the ‘regular’ belt.

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Chagaev won the WBA crown against Valuev in 2007

The WBA is the longest running international governing body in boxing.

Originally known as the National Boxing Association, it changed it’s primary acronym to ‘World’ in 1962. In the following years more governing bodies were formed: the WBC in 1963, the IBF in 1983, and the WBO in 1988. The latter two emerged due to disgruntled president-hopefuls who eventually lost their bid to rule over the WBA and instead elected to set up a rival.

The amount of belts currently available has been one of the most commonly debated areas in boxing and the decision of the WBA to split their world belt into three divisions (interim, regular and super) has further exasperated that.

The interim belt is traditionally awarded to a prizefighter when the regular champion is unable or unavailable to defend the honour, however, the WBA increasingly allow their interim belt holders to maintain that status while the regular champion returns to compete.

The regular champion is elevated to the role of ‘super’ champion when the titlist is the lineal or unified champ. For David Haye, who has a three-belt unification bout with Wladimir Klitschko tentatively scheduled this summer, the ‘super’ status may come earlier than expected.

The benefit for the WBA of having world three champions is that sanctioning fees can be collected whenever the super, regular and interim belt holders defend their titles.

Rumours circulating around the boxing press claim that the WBA’s number one ranked fighter, Ruslan Chagaev, together with their number two – Aleksandr Povetkin – and number seven; Jean Marc Mormeck, are all in contention for the ‘regular’ champion honour.

Boxrec News report Povetkin’s trainer, Teddy Atlas, to have said: “My boxer ranks second in the rankings of the WBA and Mormeck is the next available boxer.”

Sources within the French press, meanwhile, have released whispers of a July match-up between Mormeck and Povetkin which would have Haye’s vacant world strap on the line following his promotion to super champion.

WBA HEAVYWEIGHT (200+lbs) RATINGS
NATION
Champ – David Haye
UK
1 – Ruslan Chagaev
UZB
2 – Aleksandr Povetkin
RUS
3 – Denis Boytsov
RUS
4 – Alexander Ustinov
RUS
5 – Hasim Rahman
USA
6 – Alexander Dimitrenko
UKR
7 – Jean Marc Mormeck
FRA
8 – Kali Meehan
AUS
9 – Nikolai Valuev
RUS
10 – Tomasz Adamek
POL

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