Monthly Archives: February 2012

A French Marksman Takes Aim in Germany–Klitschko vs Mormeck

Wlad Klitschko is the unified heavyweight champion looking to defend his WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and Ring belts against French Marksman and longtime cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck in theESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf March 3rd.

Mormeck’s last big title bout was a thrilling exchange of knockdowns while defending his WBC/WBA belts in 2007 against Mr. David Haye, a bout he lost by knockout. He retired for two years before coming back as a heavyweight, beating two good fringe contenders, Timur Ibragimov and Fres Oquendo, after starting with the bullish journeyman Vinny Madalone. Unfortunately, all the bouts took place in France, so not many are currently refreshed with his current fighting form other than knowing that all the bouts were fairly close in his hometown environs.

Jean the Marcsman

Jean the Marcsman

By the time of the bout he will have been off another year, but he did have a 14th heavyweight ranking on Boxrec by last year, so the bout does have legitimacy even if it appears as though he has no chance. The biggest problem is that he is not only 39 yrs old and inactive, but that he will give away 7 inches and 30 lbs or so against the champion, not a traditional recipe for success.

Young Mike Tyson was of similar size and crouching fighting style and had much success in his heyday against much larger fighters, but nobody ever mistook Jean Marc Mormeck for Mike Tyson at any point in their careers.

The fight may rightly seen as a stay busy fight for Wlad who is the most active heavyweight since the legendary reign of Joe Louis who had similar problems lining up compelling fighters after he had beaten all the top contenders out of sight. The justification of the fight could be said to be a tribute to the fine career of the often overlooked French fighter deserving of one last go for the big prize, a tradition much in the same vein where Billy Miske got his title shot against Jack Dempsey and John Henry Lewis got his title shot against Joe Louis.

In an interesting development, Wlad recently lost a bout against painful kidney stones, needing to cancel the previous Mormeck date for December 10th of last year after emergency surgery the week before the fight. Perhaps Mormeck can take advantage of a weakened Wlad, however unlikely that may seem.

Wlad vs Jean Marc

Wlad vs Jean Marc

Amazingly, the 35 year old Wlad has actually boxed a few less rounds in many more fights, 260 rounds in 59 fights to 265 rounds and 40 fights for Mormeck. Their ages aren’t really that far apart either, so they are closer in experience even if widely disparate in size.

We have recently seen how fighters have been adopting extreme defensive stategies to stay in the match against the Klitschko brothers, but other than making everyone look very awkward in the ring, their tactics have done little to stem the one sided bouts. I look for a traditional Wlad bout with him strafing Mormeck with his jab until he can land the knock out punch, a left hook or straight right.

 Mormeck can bob and weave to cause some problems initially, but can the championship credentials of Jean Marc Mormeck change the inevitable result of this bout? We will have to tune in March 3rd to find out.

Käpt’n Marco Huck Sails Into Heavy Waters Looking For Povetkin

 Käpt’n  Marco Huck sails into heavyweight waters with his debut against WBA titlest Alexander Povetkin this February 25th at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Great White Surfacing

The Great White Surfacing

Alexander Povetkin is the heavyweight version of the seldom sighted Great White Whale of Lore, Moby Dick. At one time he was an up and coming heavyweight contender and former Olympic Gold Medalist with some solid fighting qualities. Then he dived deep into the dark depths where it became difficult to watch him as he made one after another excuse why he wouldn’t exercise his hard fought status as the mandatory to Wlad Klitschko. Instead he hired an off the rails celebrity trainer for ponderous combat against a plethora of hand selected journeymen types well short of contender status.

Povetkin did finally step up to beat fellow Russian Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA consolation strap left over after Wladimir Klitschko had already swept out the WBA dustbunnies that had previous claims to the infamous WBA belt. Povetkin nominally outworked the Hepatitus plagued Chagaev in a lackluster fight before defending against 40 year old fringe American Contender Cedric Boswell.

Greetings from Lebedev

Greetings from Lebedev

Marco Huck is similar in stature to the chubby Povetkin as he steps up from his longtime anchor spot in the cruiser division as former EBU and WBO champ. Both fighters are fairly aggressive though Huck got away with attacking in straight lines because of his size and strength. That style became problematic for him against Russian Denis Lebedev who has a similar crouching style to Povetkin albeit from a lefty stance.

Povetkin will be bigger, stronger, and busier from a right handed stance, so we’ll have to see if Huck breaks out a new style in the more powerful division and how and where he packs on his extra pounds. He has the advantage of being at a traditional athletic peak age of 27 to Povetkin’s 32 years, and also with the more ring experience, 34-1, 25 KO in 227 rounds to Povetkin’s 23-0, 16 KO in 130 rounds. 

In short, Huck will be the best fighter Povetkin has faced over the past 3 years, so plenty of unknowns indicate this fight could go either way although Povetkin will likely be the substantial favorite. And to think that the winner will go on to face the #1 mandatory contender, 39 year old Hasim Rahman, last seen at 284 whale blubbering pounds when he surfaced briefly last year in the Mississippi mud flats with a resounding thump of Galen Brown.

Such is life in the WBA great northern white whaling fleet.