damn expecting to sell 50,000 tickets
50,000 fans expected for Wladimir-Mormeck bout on Saturday
February 29th, 2012
(Photo credit: Michael Eaton Sterling/KMG) By Sean McDaniel: U.S. Boxing fans make a big deal out of the 41,000+ fans that showed up to watch WBO welterweight champion Manny Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Antonio Margarito at the Cowboy’s Stadium, in Arlington, Texas in November 2010. That was a huge crowd, right?
On Saturday night, IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) will be facing former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) in what will be 50,000+ fans at the ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The tickets have been sold and it’s pretty astronomical number for a fight that pretty much amounts to be a horrible mismatch no matter how you look at it. Wladimir and his trainer Emanuel Steward have gone a long ways towards building the 39-year-old Mormeck up to make him seem like a giant killer, but you boxing fans are believing and still see Mormeck as being way out of his class. In Germany, Wladimir and his brother Vitali Klitschko are huge stars and are able to fill arenas and stadiums even against overmatched opposition like Mormeck. A fight between Wladimir and Mormeck would be lucky to draw 3000 fans if it were held in Las Vegas, Nevada or New York’s Madison Square Garden. And forget about putting it in the Cowboy’s Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. It would be a huge disaster if the fight were to be held there or pretty much anywhere in the U.S., but in Germany, Wladimir does well even when facing a disappointing opponent like Mormeck.
Wladimir isn’t dismissing Mormeck as a threat to him, pointing out that he was beaten by another fighter close to Mormeck’s height Lamont Brewster in 2004 in a 5th round TKO loss for Wladimir. However, Brewster was still a heavier fighter at 226lbs compared to the 215 pound Mormeck. Brewster, 6’2″, was also taller than the 5’11″ Mormeck. so you can see that Wladimir has a smaller fighter in front of him on Saturday compared to in his 2004 loss. Wladimir learned after that fight how to fight shorter guys by using his jab constantly to keep them on the outside and helpless. When Wladimir fought Brewster again in a rematch in July 2007, he used his jab exclusively and Brewster never even got near him to try and throw his big left hook that he was known for.