Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck

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Challenger rankings
As of September 2011
WBA 10
IBF 10
As of August 2011
WBA 10
IBF 12
WBO 13
CompuBox Punchstats [1]
Total Punches Klitschko Mormeck
Landed 39 3
Thrown 135 19
Pct. 29% 16%
Jabs Klitschko Mormeck
Landed 13 1
Thrown 65 7
Pct. 20% 14%
Power Punches Klitschko Mormeck
Landed 26 2
Thrown 70 12
Pct. 37% 17%

Wladimir Klitschko 245 lbs beat Jean Marc Mormeck 216 lbs by KO at 1:12 in round 4 of 12


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  • Officially announced on October 6.[2]
  • Mormeck ranked No.9 by the WBO and No.10 by both WBA and IBF at the time of the bout's announcement.
  • The bout was originally scheduled for December 10, 2011, but Klitschko was forced to pull out after undergoing two operations in two days to remove a kidney stone. Klitschko had abdominal pain at his training camp on December 2 and was taken to Duesseldorf University Hospital. The stone was removed on December 3, but Klitschko returned to the hospital the next day before a scheduled television appearance. Older brother Vitali Klitschko appeared on the live program and said Wladimir became ill shortly before the show and returned to the hospital. [3]
  • Mormeck, the former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion, was fighting as a heavyweight for just the fourth time in his career.
  • Mormeck had only three fights in the last five years.
  • Mormeck had not fought in fifteen months.
  • Odds favoring Klitschko were as high as 20 to 1.
  • This was Wladimir's first defense of his titles since winning WBA World Heavyweight Title from David Haye which resulted in all major heavyweight championship belts being held by the Klitschko brothers.
  • The fight was estimated to generate a worldwide television audience of 500 million people. [4]
  • In France, the fight was shown by the pay-television network Orange Sport.
  • The bout averaged 12.26 million television viewers in Germany with 50.3 audience share.
  • The bout also averaged 9.28 million viewers in Ukraine.
  • Mormeck's purse was €900,000 (cca $1.18 million). [5]
  • After the fight, Klitschko named Tyson Fury, David Price, Alexander Povetkin, Seth Mitchell, and Chris Arreola as possible future opponents. [6].

Wladimir Klitschko pummels Jean-Marc Mormeck
By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, March 5, 2012

Klitschko, 35, of Ukraine but a hero in Germany, is the No. 1 heavyweight on the planet, the legitimate champion in the midst of a historic title reign that began in 2006. He is 6-foot-6, a chiseled 245 pounds and possesses tremendous one-punch power in his right hand and a murderous jab. Mormeck, France's most popular active fighter, is 39, stands only 5-11, weighs 216 pounds and is not a big puncher. Moreover, the former cruiserweight champion had not fought in 15 months and in his three-fight heavyweight campaign (following a more than two-year retirement) he had looked positively awful. He looked bad against club fighter Vinny Maddalone, got a hometown gift decision against Fres Oquendo and was almost as lucky to escape with a hometown split decision against Timur Ibragimov.

There is a reason he was a massive, massive underdog against Klitschko, who hand-picked Mormeck for his 11th defense even though Mormeck was one of the most unworthy heavyweight title challengers in recent boxing history. Klitschko and his older brother, fellow champ Vitali Klitschko, have essentially cleaned out the top 10 of those willing to face them. So Wladimir, who fought only once last year in his wipeout of former titlist David Haye (who ended Mormeck's second cruiserweight title reign before moving up in weight), took this soft-touch fight and still drew a crowd of about 50,000 to Esprit Arena for a fight originally scheduled for December but postponed when Klitschko needed surgery to remove a kidney stone a week before the bout.

Hopefully, the fans got a dose of entertainment from the theatrical ring walks because that was about as much drama as there was. Klitschko, as expected, dominated Mormeck, who could not do anything whatsoever against the champion in one of the most pathetic displays a heavyweight title challenger has ever put forth. Try these stats on for size, courtesy of CompuBox: Mormeck was 0-for-2 in first-round punches, 1-for-5 in the second round, 2-for-8 in the third round and 0-for-4 in the fourth round. That means in the 10 minutes, 12 seconds that the fight lasted, Mormeck landed only three punches out of 19 thrown (a putrid 16 percent). Klitschko, meantime, landed 39 of 135 (29 percent) and scored a spectacular knockout. The size, speed, power and talent disparity was stark.

Klitschko more or less used the first round to feel Mormeck out and leaned on him, almost to excess, in order to sap some of his energy. (That's an old trick taught by his trainer, Emanuel Steward.) But then it was basically target practice for Klitschko. You got the feeling that he could have ended the fight any time he pleased. When he finally began to let his hands go, he dropped Mormeck with a clean right hand in the second round. He continued to abuse him in the third round and then put together a nasty three-punch combination to end the fight -- a left hook, right hand and another left. Mormeck went down and, although he tried to beat the count, referee Luis Pabon counted him out at 1 minute, 12 seconds.

The knockout gave Klitschko No. 50 of his career, a milestone for sure. He moved alone into fifth place on the all-time list for knockouts by a heavyweight champion, breaking the tie had been in with Hall of Fame legends Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey. Klitschko, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and a two-time champion, also moved to 18-2 with 15 knockouts in world title fights with no obvious challenger on the horizon. So Klitschko will keep on going and try to rack up defenses. He does owe Tony Thompson, whom he knocked out in the 11th round of a 2008 mandatory defense, another mandatory shot, so he is probably next. Klitschko would like to come to America before the end of the year and could face Cristobal Arreola -- who was already knocked out by Vitali in a title bout -- in the U.S. in the fall. Whomever Klitschko faces next, he is likely to be another significant underdog against a star champion who has won all of his defenses in dominant fashion and not been even remotely challenged in any of them. [7]

Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Haye
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 95
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Thompson II
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Haye
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 56
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Thompson II
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Haye
IBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 32
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Thompson II
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Haye
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 44
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Thompson II