Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com reports that a fight between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck is close for December 10, with the fight "virtually a done deal."
This is a truly lousy fight for Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO), who is coming off of a 12-round decision win over David Haye on July 2, which was one of the year's most-hyped fights, and in some ways one of the year's most disappointing. The year's two most-hyped heavyweight fights have, in fact, been the Klitschko brothers against former cruiserweight champions (Haye and Tomasz Adamek), and on Saturday especially, we saw that the size differential was just too much when Vitali had an easy time with a game but greatly outsized Adamek.
Unfortunately, the 39-year-old Mormeck is not only even smaller than Adamek, he's well past his prime, too. Since losing the cruiserweight championship to David Haye in 2007, the 5'11" Mormeck has fought three times. He took two years off before returning as a heavyweight to defeat club fighter Vinny Maddalone by eight-round decision. After that, he got a very controversial decision win over Fres Oquendo, and most recently, beat Timur Ibragimov via split decision on December 2, 2010.
Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO) is in no way a legitimate challenge for Klitschko, and if the fight is signed, it will deserve the criticism that will come its way. The Frenchman is too small, too old, and hasn't really earned the shot at all. He won't have a prayer.