KLITSCHKO TIME!! “Dr. Steel Hammer” vs. Mormeck on Saturday

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: March 1, 2012

Klitschko-Mormeck fight poster

Klitschko-Mormeck fight poster

NEW YORK, NY—This Saturday, March 3, more than 50,000 supports are expected to pack EPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, as unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will compete in his 60th professional contest. The 6′ 7,” 245-pound, former 1996 Olympic gold medalist from Kiev, Ukraine will be seeking his 50th career knockout victory.

Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), making the eleventh defense of the world heavyweight championship dating back to April 2006, will meet Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) of France.

Mormeck, a former unified WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion, is looking to become the first boxer from France to win a world heavyweight title.

Klitschko stated: “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.”

Klitschko will be fighting for the first time since his career-defining victory against David Haye last July. Klitschko won a unanimous 12-round decision to unify the IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO heavyweight championships.

Klitschko was supposed to have fought Dereck Chisora in December, but an abdominal injury, followed by emergency surgery forced Klitschko on the sidelines. Instead, older brother Vitali, the WBC heavyweight champion, disposed of Chisora two weeks ago in Germany.

The last time Klitschko fought at ESPIRIT Arena was in March 2010. Klitschko scored a spectacular twelfth round knockout of American heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers in the final 20 seconds of the contest.

Wladimir KO'd Chambers with a left hook

Wladimir KO'd Chambers with a left hook

This time around, Klitschko will be fighting a more experienced, harder-puncher in Mormeck. As a former unified WBC/WBA cruiserweight titlist, Mormeck spent his entire career fighting at cruiserweight (190-200 pounds). Mormeck figures to be years past his best. However, he does have the power to make things interesting against Wladimir, who three professional losses have occurred by knockout.

The difference in this fight could be Klitschko’s size, as he is simply too big for the 5′ 10,” Mormeck to outmaneuver. Wladimir is simply the better of the two. Mormeck is strong, but he simply doesn’t have the power, speed, and combination punching to challenge Klitschko. Wladimir fights well behind an amazing left-jab, straight-right. Wladimir’s left hook maybe the best in the business.

Expect “Dr. Steel Hammer” to notch his 60th professional victory and 50th career knockout in what will be a memorable performance in front of 50,000.

photo credits: klitschko.com