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Written by Jake Wallwork

Wladimir Klitschko takes on Jean-Marc Mormeck: Does anybody care?



The least eagerly anticipated rescheduled fight of all time is due to take place this weekend. I am of course talking about the heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck. The two were going to fight last December but Wladimir fell ill so the bout was called off. Just a few weeks later it was rescheduled for March the 3rd. And Mormeck will get his shot at the titles.

Worst match-up ever?

Sadly for us boxing fans, the biggest fight on the box this weekend is the biggest mismatch in a heavyweight title fight for a long, long time. We all know that the Klitschko’s have had weak opponents in the past, but we accepted it because of the current state the heavyweight division is in. But even for today’s standards, this match-up is poor. I’ve not heard or seen of one boxing fan that is looking forward to this fight. And why should they?

With all due respect, Mormeck does not deserve a world title fight. He doesn’t even deserve a fight with Alexander Povetkin for the paper belt. Let’s look at the facts: Mormeck has had three fights at heavyweight since he came out of retirement, and in all three of those fights his opponents were very competitive and made it hard to judge who actually won the fight. All three fights were in France so Mormeck got the decision. Twice unanimous, and one split decision.

And all three of his opponents; Timur Ibragimov, Fres Oquendo and Vinny Maddalone aren’t even worthy of a top ten ranking. Proof of this is when Ibragimov (Mormeck’s best win at heavyweight) recently got destroyed in two rounds by prospect Seth Mitchell.

The fight only gets worse when you talk about the skill set of the two. Before I have another rant about this fight let me just say Mormeck was a really good cruiserweight who held multiple world titles. But, he is 5ft 11, slow and has no power or chin as a heavyweight. He can’t knock Wladimir out. So that would leave Mormeck only one choice, and that’s too out box Wladimir Klitschko to a decision. I don’t see Mormeck out boxing someone who is much bigger, faster, stronger, and powerful than he is.

Unfortunately this is just another case of a cruiserweight getting a few wins at heavyweight, then getting an unwarranted big pay day and world title shot.

Wladimir said he is unhappy that he couldn’t get a bigger fight, but Mormeck was the only available option at the time. He also said he wanted to keep active and he would rather fight Mormeck than not fight at all. But If I was him I would rather be inactive for a few more months than have a fight nobody is interested in.

Prediction

With all the negative things I have said about the fight, it’s not hard to guess what my prediction will be. Wladimir Klitschko by knockout. There’s not much more I can say about my prediction that I haven’t already said. All I can do now is predict a round.

Emanuel Steward predicted his fighter to stop Mormeck in the 7th or 8th round. I don’t think Mormeck will get past the half way mark, and with the big gap in skill between the two he shouldn’t go past five rounds.

Punchbag blog picks Wladimir Klitschko to stop Jean-Marc Mormeck in the 5th round.

What will Wladimir do next?

Although he didn’t have many options when looking he was for an opponent last December, if Wladimir does what is expected of him, and that’s to knockout Jean-Marc Mormeck, then he has got some good options for who to choose as an opponent for his next fight.

He has recently said that he is interested in fighting in America in 2012. So if he’s going to fight in America, then it’s going to be against an American heavyweight. Tony Thompson is the mandatory challenger for Wlad’s IBF belt so it could be him. But we have already seen that fight before and it wasn't the most entertaining fight in the world, so I think Wladimir will find a way to delay fighting his mandatory.

The other options are Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell. Seth Mitchell is a prospect who hasn’t faced anyone ranked in the top ten, so his promotional team won’t put him in the ring with a Klitschko just yet.

That leaves Arreola. Emanuel Steward once said it will be interesting to see how Wladimir copes with Arreola’s constant pressure.

It’s a fight I'd like to see and I'm sure it will happen in 2012.

There are some other small possibilities, Marco Huck is one, and it would be a massive fight in Germany. Vitali Klitschko gave Dereck Chisora a fight after Chisora lost to Helenius, there’s a chance Wladimir could declare Huck as the winner in his fight he had with Alexander Povetkin and give him a shot at the real heavyweight championship.

Maybe Wladimir has got his eye on Dereck Chisora. There is still a lot of bad blood between Chisora and the Klitschko’s. Wladimir may look towards signing the fight just to knock Chisora out for his bad attitude outside the ring.

You never know, Antonio Tarver may get his shot. Tarver has expressed a lot of interest in fighting a Klitschko and the Klitschko’s have a knack of fighting ex cruiserweights, so don’t be too surprised if you see that one happen in 2012.

I don't expect Wladimir to fight Marco Huck, Dereck Chisora or Antonio Tarver next. But he could fight one of them in the future.

To sum up, I expect Wladimir to successfully defend his heavyweight belts this Saturday. I predict a knock-out win for him and I think in his next fight he will go and fight someone like Chris Arreola in America.

As always let me know what you think of this match up. Thanks for reading.