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Mormeck: I will break Wladimir mentally

Jean-Marc Mormeck Wladimir Klitschko(Photo credit: Michael Eaton Sterling/KMG) By Allan Fox: #9 IBF, #10 WBA, #10 WBO, Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) likes his chances this Saturday night against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) when he takes a monstrous step up in competition at the ESPRIT arena, in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Mormeck said “I have an iron will and will break Wladimir mentally. I am not afraid of anybody and I am sure that I will beat Klitschko and take his belts.

It’s difficult to see how the 5’11” Mormeck can pull off an upset in this fight because Mormeck is a lot shorter than the 6’6″ Wladimir and is almost 40-years-old. Mormeck hasn’t been looking good against the limited opposition he’s faced since being stopped by cruiserweight David Haye in November 2007. On top of that, Mormeck has fought only three times in the past five year. He’s not exactly the busiest of fighters for some reason. Still, the sanctioning bodies has given him a respectable ranking and that was enough to get him this fight.

Wladimir will be looking for his 50th knockout on Saturday, which is about the only appeal for this fight. Wladimir failed to pick up his 50 KO in his last bout against Haye, as the former WBA heavyweight champion fought a safety first fight all night long by moving around the ring and giving Wladimir precious few opportunities to knock him out. Mormeck is kind of the same type of fighter now that he’s moved up to the heavyweight division.

As cruiserweight, Mormeck liked to stand in front of his opponents and try to knock their heads off. However, since moving up in weight he’s shown to be a mover who constantly circles the ring much like Haye and who likes to use lots of feints. If Wladimir wants his 50th knockout in this fight then he’s going to have to pursue Mormeck around the ring or time him when he makes his attacks. Mormecks like to charge, throw two or three quick punches, and then get away before he gets hit. That’s been his fighting patterns since moving up in weight to the heavyweight level, and I can’t see him changing it for this fight.

This Saturday’s right will be shown on EPIX in the United States, and on RTL in Germany.

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