By Jason Kim: 39-year-old former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) doesn’t care that he’s taking on a fighter a lot bigger than him in 6’6″ IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) on December 10th at the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Mormeck, 5/10″, believes he’ll get to Wladimir’s chin and knock him out with some power shots.
“Wladimir has a glass chin that I will break,” Mormeck said. “He can’t take punches.”
It’s probably true that Wladimir can’t take heavy shots, but it’s also true that it’s very hard to hit him consistently in order to take him out. In his loss to Corrie Sanders, Wladimir was hurt with a big shot but didn’t have the knowledge back then that he needed to clinch to get out of the round.
It may not have saved him but it might well have. Wladimir doesn’t go looking for knockouts nowadays and with his long reach, he’s hard to hit because he doesn’t overextend himself by throwing a lot of power shots like he did in the past. Mormeck will have a tough time trying to hit with his seven inch reach advantage over the Frenchman.
Mormeck hasn’t adapted well to the heavyweight division after moving up in weight in 2009. He’s won his three fights at this weight, but has barely won each time. Mormeck has been really floundering against 2nd tier opposition he’s been put in with, and not shown that he’s suited for the division. He obviously would be perfect for the cruiserweight division with his power.
It doesn’t matter than he would still be shorter than the top champions in the division, he’d still have the power to complete at the highest levels. At heavyweight, Mormeck appears to be too short to have any impact. Wladimir will very likely knock Mormeck out without too many problems unless Mormeck figures out some kind of way to get past Wladimir’s jab.