Wladimir Klitschko is having a much harder time legitimizing tomorrow's fight with Jean Marc Mormeck than he'll have in the ring. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
After Wladimir Klitschko tried to flatter overmatched, undersized, old Saturday opponent Jean Marc Mormeck by comparing him to Mike Tyson, which was a clever way to insult the public's intelligence, Mormeck laughed it off and rejected the comparison:
"I'm not Mike Tyson, though sometimes it's a good PR stunt. I have neither the explosiveness nor the punch. But I know my skills. I had Haye on the canvas and shortly before a knock out which Klitschko could not do. What I missed out against Haye I will now do with him."
I keep reading these things where Wladimir and Emanuel Steward are trying to sell this fight. "He has a difficult style!" "This will not be an easy fight!" And honest to God, this is so bad -- Klitschko is a 50-to-1 favorite -- that it's making me lose respect for both of them.
Look, I don't expect Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO) say, "He is crap, and no one should watch this fight because it's not worth your time. Go have a nice dinner with someone special. Do anything else. It will be a better way to spend your time."
But it doesn't make it any easier to accept Klitschko facing Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO), a 39-year-old guy who is just a rotten challenger, and then trying to compare him to Mike Tyson because, I guess, he's short and black and old. They do have those things in common, but that's about it. I might give Tyson a better chance tomorrow than I give Mormeck, actually.