No Mormeck-ing Around


Posted by Salman Mitha

Posted in Boxing


March 4 – Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko barely broke a sweat on Saturday night when he defended the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf against yet another jumped up cruiserweight.

The big Ukrainian knocked 39-year-old French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck down in the 4th round and saw him counted out, ending a terribly dull and disappointing encounter.

Many pundits predicted it would be an unexciting and easy win for Klitschko but nevertheless 50,000 spectators turned out to witness the one-sided affair which saw the younger Klitschko brother record his 50th knockout in 60 professional bouts while Mormeck offered little in the way of resistance.

For the third weekend in succession heavyweight world titles had been put on the line.  On February 18th, Wladimir’s brother Vitali successfully defended his WBC belt against Dereck Chisora on an evening remembered more for events at the post-fight press conference at Munich’s Olympiahalle.

A week later in Stuttgart, WBA regular champion Alexander Povetkin controversially beat Germany’s cruiserweight champ Marco Huck on points.  That fight at the Porsche Arena was a tremendous scrap and many thought Huck had done enough to earn the points decision, including both fighter and trainer who immediately called for a re-match.

So after Mormeck’s disappointing performance on Saturday, the boxing world is once again talking about mismatches, how easy life is for the Ukrainian pair and the lack of good quality opponents they face.

“There isn’t really much of a challenge out there at the moment – it’s not their fault,” said British and Commonwealth heavyweight title hopeful David Price who was interviewed at ring side after the Klitschko/Mormeck fight.

Many believe the towering 28 year old Liverpudlian already has the ability to win a world title by beating either Klitschko, but he himself is slightly more cautious.

“I’m not ready yet.  Give me 18 months to two years.  I’ve got to be realistic but I know I could present a more difficult challenge even now than what Mormeck did.”

Another top heavyweight contender is undefeated American Seth Mitchell (24-0-1).  Should he defeat Chazz Witherspoon (30-2-0) next month in Atlantic City, it would surely put him in the spotlight for a world title fight.

So for the time being the Klitschko brothers will continue to enforce their supremacy on the heavyweight boxing division while the best of the rest prepare themselves to put an end to eastern Europe’s dominance over the titles.  For the sake of the sport, it’s hoped that will be sooner rather than later.

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