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Soft touch: Klitschko lines up Jean Marc Mormeck

Wladimir Klitschko has set a date to defend his many many heavyweight title belts.

Image: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP/Press Association Images

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO WILL, for the first time, defend all four of his heavyweight titles on 3 March.

Jean Marc Mormeck, 39, will be the man in the other corner. The Frenchman returned to the ring as a heavyweight in 2009 having previously been in self imposed exile after losing his cruiserweight belts to David Haye in 2007.

Haye, of course, was Klitschko’s last opponent in July when the Ukrainian ran out the winner on points.

The return to action of the younger Klitschko was originally due to take place with a December bout against the same opponent. However, a kidney stone surgery forced the reigning champion to postpone.

A statement from the Mormeck camp read:

“The WBA/WBO/IBO/IBF world championship fight between Vladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck, first scheduled on December 10, 2011 at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, will eventually be held on March 3, 2012 in the same arena,”

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Morneck will give away a massive eight inches in height and six in reach as he stands at just 5′ 10″ compared to the Ukrainian’s 6′ 6″.

Never short of a word or two; Haye’s trainer, Adam Booth, felt the ninth ranked heavyweight would be little match for Klitschko who is seeking is 50th professional knock-out:

“Mormeck isn’t much of a challenge for Wladimir either. David knocked him out in seven rounds,” Booth told the Daily Mail, adding, “He was past his prime then. Now he is a blown up light-heavyweight who is a few years past his prime. If they are happy fighting people like that then good luck to them.”

Wladimir’s elder brother, Vitali Klitschko, holds the remaining WBC heavyweight title and will face Derek Chisora in Munich on 18 February.

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