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 Last update:  12/13/2011       Read more by Ruslan Chikov         
   
Klitschko: Mormeck Picked After Everyone Else Said No
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by Ruslan Chikov

IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko discussed the reasons behind the finalized fight with former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck, who everyone views as a huge underdog. Wladimir defends his title against the 39-year-old Mormeck on March 3rd in Germany. Klitschko says his team attempted to approach Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius and Alexander Povetkin, but all three fighters turned him down for various reasons.

"Before the fight was made with Mormeck, we made an offer to Tyson Fury. Fury said 'I'm not ready.' We asked Helenius, who replied that he would be ready, but not until next year. We asked Povetkin - and he's also not ready. His coach [Teddy Atlas] specifically said that he is not ready - and he needs more time to be adjusted. We talked to every name and settled on Mormeck: who I consider a good choice and he is ranked in the top ten [in the ratings of the WBA, WBO and IBF]," Klitschko told Alexander Pavlov.

Tags: Wladimir Klitschko , Jean-Marc Mormeck , Klitschko-Mormeck , Klitschko vs Mormeck



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comment by Superflo777, on 12-15-2011
[QUOTE=klitschkobrofan]That is an incorrect statement. Thompson did better than any other Wlad opponent for a long time and he even won a round or 2 but overall Wlad had better punch stats than he did before he KO'd him. But, I would like to see this fight because it was more competitive than m...

comment by klitschkobrofan, on 12-14-2011
[QUOTE=Superflo777]I'd like to see a fight vs Thompson again, was very entertaining the first time. The tiger even landed more punches (though weaker ones) than Wlad.[/QUOTE] That is an incorrect statement. Thompson did better than any other Wlad opponent for a long time and he even won a r...

comment by Money Shot, on 12-14-2011
The recent Seth Mitchell TKO2 win over Ibragimov (his first career stoppage loss) puts Mormeck in a slightly better light IMO considering he decisioned him in 2010. Nobody would sniff if Mitchell was named as a K2 opponent after that display.

comment by Superflo777, on 12-14-2011
I'd like to see a fight vs Thompson again, was very entertaining the first time. The tiger even landed more punches (though weaker ones) than Wlad.

comment by small_warrior, on 12-14-2011
sure mormeck will get his ass kicked, but he is a warrior. he will do his best and come in shape, unlike some other heavyweight those days...

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