Negotiations to match WBO, WBA, IBF and RING heavyweight beltholder Wladimir Klitschko against 39-year-old former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck on Dec. 10 are "virtually a done deal," a source close to Klitschko told RingTV.com.
"I am told that it's very close," said the source.
The 35-year-old Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) will pursue his 15th straight victory and his 11th knockout during that run at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) has won three straight heavyweight bouts since being dethroned as WBA and WBC cruiserweight beltholder in November of 2007 by David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs), whom Mormeck floored earlier in the bout.
Haye's 15-fight winning was ended by Klitschko via unanimous decision in July.
Mormeck was also stopped in the 10th round in January of 2006 by O'Neil Bell (26-4-1, 24 KOs), whom he then decisioned two fights and fourteen months later to regain the WBA and WBC belts.
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