Klitschko eyes Mormeck for Dec. 10 defense

Thursday September 15th, 2011

LAS VEGAS -- Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko told SI.com that he is targeting former cruiserweight titleholder Jean-Marc Mormeck for his next fight.

“If he wants it, I will [fight him],” Klitschko said.

Mormeck, 39, has won three straight fights against limited opponents -- Vinny Maddalone, Fres Oquendo and Timur Ibragimov -- since moving up to heavyweight in 2009. His last significant fight was a seventh-round knockout loss to David Haye in 2007.

At 5-foot-11, Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) would face a significant size disadvantage against the 6-6 Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs). The fight, which could be finalized in the next week, is expected to take place Dec. 10.

-- Chris Mannix

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