Lem Satterfield

W. Klitschko-Mormeck likely for Dec. 10

LAS VEGAS — A match up featuring WBO, WBA, IBF and RING heavyweight beltholder Wladimir Klitschko against 39-year-old former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck on Dec. 10 is “probable, but not done yet,” Klitschko’s advisor, Shelly Finkel, told RingTV.com on Thursday.

“Mormeck is very big in Europe,” said Finkel, “and we’re running out of opponents.”

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.

“We’ve fought everyone,” said Finkel. “You saw what Haye did against him.”

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.

Finkel is in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s clash featuring unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. against WBC welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz, and Haye is expected to make an appearance at the bout as well.

There is speculation that Finkel could meet with Haye concerning a potential match  up with Klitschko’s 40-year-old brother Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), who is coming off of last weekend’s 10th-round knockout of Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KOs).

Vitali Klitschko earned his 11th straight win and his ninth stoppage during that run, ending a 13 fight winning streak for Adamek that had included seven consecutive victories as a heavyweight.


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