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Klitschko claims 50th KO

2012-03-04 12:49

Berlin - Undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko claimed the 50th knock-out and 57th victory of his career when he ended hapless Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck's hopes in the fourth round on Saturday.

Klitschko, 35, defended his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA titles against Mormeck, who stepped up from cruiserweight just over two years ago, in Dusseldorf and made good on his promise to knock the Frenchman out.

"I'm delighted to get the 50th knock-out of my career, I promised and I delivered," said Klitschko, who had a 17cm height advantage over the Frenchman.

His elder brother Vitali, who was in his corner, confirmed he will defend his WBC title against Britain's ex-WBA champion David Haye this summer, but did not give a date or location.

Mormeck, who turns 40 in June, was lucky to finish the second round after Klitschko put him on the canvas with 80 seconds left in the round with a firm right to the chin and then pinned him in a corner with a rapid combination.

The challenger was offering only token resistance and made a mockery of his pre-fight promises to smash Klitschko's "glass jaw" which was as ineffective as the handful of punches he threw in the opening rounds.

The pair both ended on the canvas in the third after a slip, but it was all over in the fourth when a swift combination from the champion saw the Frenchman drop his guard and a final head shot left Mormeck on the canvas.

Puerto Rico referee Luis Pabon stepped in quickly to count out the fight at one minute and 12 seconds as the Frenchman lost his fourth fight in the heavyweight division.

The pair were scheduled to meet last December, but kidney stones forced Klitschko to postpone the original fight and the ease of the champion's win will have done little answer the critics who said he had picked an easy fight.

After the fight, Mormeck explained his lack of urgency because of a cold he suffered in the build-up.

"He knocked me out, yeah, ok, but he's hard to box because he is so tall and the referee should have stepped in more as he kept pushing me down, so I am quite frustrated," said the Frenchman.

AFP