KLITSCHKO TIME!! Wladimir earns 50th career K.O., ‘Hammers’ Mormeck

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: March 5, 2012

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko

NEW YORK, NY.-(BASN)-–Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) successfully defended his unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO heavyweight championships with a fourth round knockout of former cruiserweight titlist, Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) in front of 50,000 fans at ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday.

The victory was “Dr. Steel Hammer’s” 50th career knockout in 60 professional fights.

“I’ve been around for 15 years and now I have the 50th (KO),” Klitschko said afterwards. “It’s a big day for me.”

During those 15 years, Klitschko, a two-time world heavyweight champion, has competed in 20 world title fights. He has defeated a number of challengers with various styles including Chris Byrd, Samuel Peter, Tony Thompson, Sultan Ibragimov, Calvin Brock, Lamon Brewster, and David Haye amongst others.

The 6′ 7,” 248-pound Klitschko entered into battle with a seven-inch height and 30-pound weight advantage over Mormeck. Like most experts predicted, the fight was a technical mismatch from the opening bell.

Klitschko hammered Mormeck with his famous left-jab and straight-right hand combination. Mormeck, who hasn’t fought a quality opponent since losing his unified WBC/WBA cruiserweight titles to Haye more than five years ago, simply couldn’t stand up to the firepower and technical brilliance of a Wladimir Klitschko.

Mormeck easily tasted the canvas in the second round off a jab-right combination from Klitschko. We’ve seen Klitschko pulverize one challenger, after another, after another – year, after year. The story doesn’t change. The story will not change because the Klitschkos refuse to allow their longevity as world heavyweight champions to end. The only things that change are Klitschko’s opponents. Mormeck, this time around, was selected by Wladimir to have the distinct honor of being his ’50th knockout.’

After brutalizing Mormeck with more punishment in the third round, Klitschko ended Mormeck’s poor bird to become the first French heavyweight champion in round four. Klitschko badly stunned Mormeck with a left-jab, right-hand combination followed by a devastating left hook that dropped him to the canvas.

Wladimir, aside from Floyd Mayweather, may have the best right hand in the business, but make no mistake, THE LEFT HOOK, is Wladimir Klitschko’s best punch. Wladimir has some amazing tools – namely his ability to cut off a boxing ring from various angles is an amazing. Wladimir can hook off the jab extremely well, but he prefers a cautious approach when attacking his opponents.

Wladimir is next scheduled to face mandatory challenger Tony Thompson in a rematch from their terrific July 2008 showdown. It took Klitschko several rounds before he could land his right-hand because of Thompson’s southpaw style. Also, Thompson at 6′ 5,” was just as tall and big as Klitschko. However, Thompson simply didn’t have Klitschko’s experience, skillset, or firepower.

Thompson was ultimately knocked out in the eleventh round off a solid right hand to the head.

Wladimir hopes to fight for a third time in 2012 this fall. Perhaps here in the United States against Chris Arreola or Tomasz Adamek. Arreola and Adamek have strong fan bases here in the U.S., but were both TKO victims of Wladimir’s older brother, WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko.

There is also rising heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell of Washington, D.C. He plans to fight four times in 2012 under the Golden Boy Promotional banner before pursuing a title shot in 2013. (Don’t worry; Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are going to be around for a very long time). Seth Mitchell can get in line.

Also, Robert Helinius, Alexander Povetkin, and Marco Huck can make things interesting for either Wladimir or Vitali. But interesting doesn’t mean challenging folks.