Ring Magazine, IBF, IBO and WBO king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his crowns and earned the 50th knockout of his professional career yesterday in the fourth round against French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck at the Espirit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs), who has emerged victorious in 15 consecutive prizefights and lost only a handful of rounds since he lost to Lamon Brewster by a fifth round TKO in April 2004, utterly battered and continuously floored the overmatched Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs).
“I dominated. I’ve been around for 15 years and now I have the 50th (KO),” said Klitschko, 35, who won a Gold medal as a super heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. “It’s a big day for me (http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7642591/wladimir-klitschko-stops-jean-marc-mormeck-easily-retain-heavyweight-titles).”
Mormeck, who lost his cruiserweight titles to Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) in 2007, was delusional and disagreed with the referee’s sage decision to halt the massacre.
“I was frustrated, I could have continued,” Mormeck, 39, told ESPN.com.
“Dr. Steelhammer,” who has now managed to defend his titles on 11 straight occasions, claimed Mormeck once hurt him with a jab in the second round.
“My eye is still stinging,” Klitschko said.
Mike Cappiello, who earned the New England super featherweight title in 1990 and finished his professional career with an impressive record of 33-6, believes the 39-year-old Mormeck could knock the seemingly indomitable Ukrainian onto Queer Street.
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, the owner of Cappiello Brothers Boxing in Brockton (Mass). “He is always on the outside not wanting to be hit because he knows his chin isn’t the greatest.”
There is not a heavyweight boxer on the planet Earth that can compete with the indomitable Ukrainian legend.
Hence, “Dr. Steelhammer” is going to need to compete with himself and make his own goals for motivation purposes.
The truly iconic Joe Louis triumphantly safeguarded his belts for 25 straight challenges.
Wladimir Klitschko has a legitimate opportunity to snap Louis’ longstanding record.
“Dr. Steelhammer” has dominated the squared circle since George W. Bush’s first term and he will inevitably continue to maim the entire heavyweight landscape well into the foreseeable future.