Wladimir Klitschko easily retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles when he stopped French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fourth round of a one-sided fight in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday night.
The bout was a dreadfull mismatch, on a par with David Haye’s third round knockout of Audley Harrison in a WBA title fight in 2010.
The 35 year old Ukrainian put Mormeck down with a left-right combination, and although the Frenchman beat the count, referee Luis Pabon waived it off. “I was frustrated, I could have continued,” Mormeck said afterward, showing more spirit and determination than he had during the fight.
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) floored Mormeck in the second, and looked as if he could have ended. At 6’7” and 244 lbs, he dwarfed the 5’11”, 216 lb Mormeck, a former WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion. Mormeck never connected with anything aproaching a decent punch, although Klitschko later claimed the Frenchman had connected with a jab. “My eye is still stinging” Klitschko said.
“His strategy was to make me tired, but I dominated,” said Klitschko, making Mormeck’s performace sound much better than it actualy was. “I’ve been around for 15 years and now I have the 50th (KO), it’s a big day for me.” Klitschko told the Duesseldorf crowd afterward. Mormeck, who’s hapless performance was watched by French movie stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Reno, saw his record drop to 36-5 with 22 KOs.