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By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51KOs) has brushed off the trash talk from undefeated contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15KOs). Fury recently lashed out at Klitschko, claiming the unified champ was ducking him and taking on poor opposition. Klitschko says his management have tried to secure Fury for several dates, but Fury’s team says the boxer is not ready for such a task.

“We’ve been asking Tyson Fury about the fight and his team keeps saying he’s not ready yet, I am not done yet. I am not sure if it was from him but definitely from his management team. I think that such a fight against Fury that if he will continue to be successful will happen and I feel kind also bad that this fight with Tyson Fury and David Haye didn’t work [out], because of the injury to David Haye, but I think it would of been an interesting fight,” Klitschko told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.


WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is still set on facing 39-year-old former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck next year on March 3rd in Germany despite Wladimir’s recent hospitalization for kidney stones.

The medical problem caused Wladimir to postpone his previously scheduled fight with Mormeck and push it to March.

Some boxing fans were hoping that Wladimir would use the opportunity to go in a different direction by picking a better opponent than Mormeck to fight, but Wladimir has made up his mind that he still plans on fighting Mormeck.

Wladimir said to eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio program “Mormeck was so self-confident and he’s in the top 10 in the heavyweight division…I will not view Mormeck as such a bad fighter. He’s experienced. His style could become dangerous if I give him a chance, and I will not give a chance to any opponent.”

Mormeck does have excellent power, but excellent for a cruiserweight, not a heavyweight. He’s shown little of his once impressive power since moving up to the heavyweight division in three fights. Mormeck is going to have his hands full just trying to work his way close enough to land anything against Wladimir.

The only real question about this fight is whether Wladimir will suffer another injury to delay it. Wladimir twice suffered injuries that wiped out fights against Dereck Chisora before finally giving up on the fight. And then recently Wladimir’s kidney stone problem that postponed the Mormeck fight.

Mormeck draws a lot of attention from boxing fans from his home country France, and it would be interesting to find out how much money Mormeck can potentially bring in for television money over there for a Klitschko-Mormeck fight.

You would have to wonder whether Wladimir has negotiated to get that money thrown in the pot for this fight. If not, then I don’t see this as a fight that’s really worthy of Wladimir. He says the top contenders Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury aren’t ready to fight him now, but there has to be better contenders than Mormeck lying around and available for Wladimir to fight.



On December 10, it will be Jean-Marc Mormeck (France) to challenge WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Both fighters had a first encounter in the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf (Germany) on Wednesday, nearly 8 weeks before their highly anticipated clash.

Former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion Mormeck appeared very confident and said he knew how to beat Klitschko. “I have overcome every challenge I have set myself in the past. I have tried to win every championship belt in the past and now I have the chance to get them. I am strong enough to do it, I am a warrior in the ring,” he said.

The youngest of the Klitschko brothers will be returning to the ring for the first time since his dominating win against Britain’s David Haye in their unification fight in Hamburg in July. “I don’t want to give him any chance, I want to destroy him”, said Klitschko of his opponent. “I might have a glass jaw, but I will knock you out before you even touch it,” he added in response to claims made by Mormeck recently.

The fight will be broadcast live on RTL in Germany and also shown in 120 countries worldwide. Tickets are available on www.eventim.de and +49- (0)1805 – 12 13 14 with prices starting from 20 Euro