Klitschko-Mormeck: This figures to be Wladimir’s easiest fight in many years
By Allan Fox: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) looks for his 50th knockout on March 3rd against one of his weakest opponents in many, many years in facing 39-year-old former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
This is a sickening mismatch, as Mormeck is much too short at 5’11” and much too light at 215lb. On top of that, Mormeck has fought only three times at heavyweight, and he won three highly questionable decisions in each of those fights while fighting at home in Paris, France.
I guess it’s a good thing that Wladimir is fighting Mormeck in France because there might be a lot of pressure on him to score a knockout to ensure he gets the win. Despite his poor performances in his three fights at heavyweight, Mormeck is currently ranked #9 IBF, #9 WBO, #10 WBA, which is high enough to give Wladimir the excuse to fight him.
This is going to be really one-sided fight from start to finish, but it will sell a lot of tickets, as German boxing fans don’t seem to care who Wladimir and his brother Vitali Klitschko fight. They flock to see them fight whether it’s David Haye or Albert Sosnowski. And Wladimir’s mismatch against Mormeck will be no different.
There’s not much to look forward to in this fight because Mormeck doesn’t have the resume needed in order to even get boxing outside of Germany interested in this fight. It just looks like Wladimir dug up a poor opponent and is going to milk his title for one fight. Well, make that a series of fights because he’s probably going to have to fight 40-year-old Tony Thompson next, which will be only a tiny step up from Mormeck.
Mormeck usually does a couple of things in the ring: he either goes right after his opponents and tries to knock them out immediately or he fights in the David Haye style by constantly circling the ring and using occasional quick charges to land a couple of shots before scurrying away. Neither of those strategies will work in this fight. He’s too small and old to do anything in this fight, and is fighting in the wrong division.
It’s disappointing when you have a small cruiserweight move up in weight to try and get a payday. Mormeck will get his payday, but that’s about it. He’ll lose badly. I just hope Vitali doesn’t pick over what’s left of Mormeck so he can improve on the job that Wladimir did. It’s such a waste of time. Wladimir should have waited until Mormeck at least beat a legitimate contender before he fought him, but then again he’s be waiting a long time because I don’t think Mormeck can unless you’re talking about a controversial decision at home.