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The writing was already on the wall: Klitschko stops Mormeck; Afolabi beats Brudov

By Lewis Croft: The fact that Wladimir Klitschko’s (57-3, 50 KOs) mandatory defence against Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) was always going to be one of the biggest mismatches in
boxing to be contested for a heavyweight title but that never stopped or diminished ticket sales in any shape or form. Regardless of the opponent, fans of the Klitschko brothers will always turn up in there droves. Tonight the ESPIRIT arena in Dusseldorf was packed out to the rafter with nearly 55,000 fans eager to get a glimpse of Wladimir Klitschko.

It did not take an expert or a genius to work out how this fight was going to end. Regardless how motivated Mormeck was during training camp it was never going to be enough to topple the Ukrainian. As expected Wladimir Klitschko held the centre of the ring and landed a few jabs. Meanwhile Mormeck tried to move his head to get in close but when he did failed to let any shots of his own shots go. The size and weight advantage became apparent when inside the clinch, with the champion using this to advantage by leaning on the smaller man.

Mormeck offered nothing in response and in round 2 the champion started to land some heavy shots. Doubling up on his jab and firing off right hands, one of which detonated on the chin of Mormeck leaving the Frenchmen on the canvas. To his credit he rose from the canvas but the writing was clearly on the wall by now and the end was always going to be imminent.

A tangle of legs leaving Mormeck to require assistance from the referee to get back to his feet and a few sharp, fast left hooks landed by Klitschko during the clinch was about as exciting as the third round got. The fight may aswell have stopped there because Mormeck had nothing to offer was simply being a punch bag for the heavyweight champion.


Thankfully the referee called halt to the proceedings after Mormeck failed to beat the count in the 4th round following a classy jab, right hand, hook combination. The fight was over and so too was the former cruiserweight champions challenge at heavyweight glory. Wladimir showed what most people knew already that he was simply too good, too big and too strong for the smaller Mormeck.

Whether it is Vitali Klitschko fighting or Wladimir Klitschko, K2 promotions is not a boxing show but simply an event full of glitz and glamour. It does not matter who the opponent is, their fans will always pack out the arenas within Germany. The search for the next credible opponent continues.

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In other action on the card:

Ola Afolabi TKO 5 Valery Brudov
interim WBO cruiserweight title
Alexander Ustinov TKO 3 Kertson Manswell

Article posted on 04.03.2012



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