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.



Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBO/WBA/IBF world heavyweight titles against the former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck on 10 December at the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. .

The Germany-based Ukrainian, who holds several “alphabet” belts and is recognised as the world champion, will face the veteran in Dusseldorf’s Esprit Arena in his first fight since easily beating David Haye in July.

Haye got off the floor to stop Mormeck when they met for the WBC cruiserweight title in France in 2007. Mormeck, 39, has laboured his way to three wins at heavyweight since then and has not stopped an opponent in five years.

Klitschko, 35 and with a record of 56-3 (49 KOs), will be expected to make Mormeck his 50th knockout victim. He said: “I know that I go into every fight as the favourite but I also know that every opponent will be prepared to be at their best against me.

“Mormeck is one of the most experienced opponents I’ve ever faced. He has already competed in numerous world title fights, he’s technically strong, has excellent boxing skills and fights extremely intelligently. To underestimate him would be fatal.”

Mormeck (36-4, 22KO wins) vowed to seize his chance. “I’ve longed for this opportunity. I know I can take it. Unlike against David Haye, when I had him on the ground before losing, I will finish the job now. Wladimir has a glass chin that I will break. He can’t take punches. On 11 December I’ll come home to Paris with a suitcase full of championship belts.”