31.03.05 – WAYNE BRAITHWAITE (21-0, 17 KOs): “I am very grateful to SHOWTIME, Don King and everybody who made this fight happen. I am very confident and very focused. I really do not see how Mormeck can win, especially if he is lying on his back. This is my coming out party. I am more excited for this than I was for when I fought for the title..
“I do not know how to lose. He does. He is talking a lot, and saying that I am scared, but I am not scared.
“He will not be going back to France with my belt, or any belts. If the knockout comes, it comes. But I am ready to go 12 rounds and show all my skills and boxing ability. I really think that he might quit.’’
JEAN-MARC MORMECK (30-2, 21 KOs)
“I am not going to put extra pressure on myself, but I know I have a chance to make history and become the first boxer from my country to be a unified world champion. That would be a very big accomplishment.
“But my concentration is just on winning Saturday night. I am not well known in the United States now, but I will be after Saturday night. I did not come all this way to lose.
“Braithwaite can say a lot of things, but none of it is going to happen. What will happen is that I will win and be unified champion.
“I have never been in better shape. He has never fought anybody like me. This will be a hard fight, but I like hard fights.’’
The two boxers widely recognized as the most talented in the exciting cruiserweight division will square off when undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite faces his World Boxing Association (WBA) counterpart, Jean-Marc Mormeck, in an eagerly anticipated world title unification bout Saturday, April 2, on SHOWTIME. The division’s most enthralling match-up in years – and the first world cruiserweight unification fight since 1988 — will be shown on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at Worcester, Mass. Don King Productions will present the event.