Wladimir Klitschko vs Jean-Marc Mormeck

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBO/WBA/IBF world heavyweight titles against the former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck on 10 December at the ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. .

The Germany-based Ukrainian, who holds several “alphabet” belts and is recognised as the world champion, will face the veteran in Dusseldorf’s Esprit Arena in his first fight since easily beating David Haye in July.

Haye got off the floor to stop Mormeck when they met for the WBC cruiserweight title in France in 2007. Mormeck, 39, has laboured his way to three wins at heavyweight since then and has not stopped an opponent in five years.

Klitschko, 35 and with a record of 56-3 (49 KOs), will be expected to make Mormeck his 50th knockout victim. He said: “I know that I go into every fight as the favourite but I also know that every opponent will be prepared to be at their best against me.

“Mormeck is one of the most experienced opponents I’ve ever faced. He has already competed in numerous world title fights, he’s technically strong, has excellent boxing skills and fights extremely intelligently. To underestimate him would be fatal.”

Mormeck (36-4, 22KO wins) vowed to seize his chance. “I’ve longed for this opportunity. I know I can take it. Unlike against David Haye, when I had him on the ground before losing, I will finish the job now. Wladimir has a glass chin that I will break. He can’t take punches. On 11 December I’ll come home to Paris with a suitcase full of championship belts.”