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O誰eil Bell vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck II Sold Out in France, Rematch this Saturday

Bell-Mormeck IILEVALLOIS-PERRET, France猶romoter Don King arrived to good news in Paris on Sunday when he was told by local promoters from the Levallois Sports Club that the rematch between defending World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion O誰eil 鉄upernova Bell and former unified cruiserweight world champion Jean-Marc Mormeck on Saturday at the Palais des Sports Michel Cerdan in nearby Levallois-Perret has sold out.

的t is great to be back in France and great to hear the French boxing fans have gobbled up all 4,000 tickets for this rematch of one last year痴 best fights, which took place at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden, King said. 天iva Le France. Both fighters arrived in Levallois-Perret, a suburb of Paris, on Sunday to make last-minute preparations..

Bell (26-1-1, 24 KOs), originally from Jamaica and now a longtime resident of Atlanta, trained in Big Bear, Calif., while Mormeck (32-3, 22 KOs) from Point-a-Pitre, Guadalupe, France, now residing in Rosny-sous-Bois, trained in the south of France.

Bell became the first undisputed world cruiserweight champion since Evander 典he Real Deal Holyfield held that distinction in 1988 when he knocked out the unified cruiserweight champion Mormeck on Jan. 7, 2006.

的 knocked out Mormeck in the 10th round in our first fight last year, Bell said, 澱ut I still feel I have something to prove. He caught me a few times in the early rounds before I came back to win it. I want to show I can dominate him from the beginning.

Bell痴 longtime trainer James Plenty had some advice for the Mormeck camp.

的 hope they aren稚 trying to change this guy, Plenty said of the Frenchman. 溺ormeck did about as well as he could against O誰eil in the first fight. If they try to make adjustments it will only mean O誰eil will defeat him more quickly.

Mormeck vs. Bell was nominated by the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America as one of the five best fights in the world during 2006.

Their first meeting included a sensational round seven that Dan Rafael at ESPN.com said was 殿n exhausting round just to watch, that he recognized as a candidate for Round of the Year.

Mormeck started strong and had Bell in serious trouble on several occasions. Bell persevered, avoiding being knocked down during a withering assault by the Frenchman in the early rounds. Bell miraculously found a second wind in the middle rounds.

The two combatants traded power shots at will in the epic, seesaw seventh round, leaving the Garden crowd on its feet when the bell sounded.

Going into round 10, Mormeck still held the lead on one of the judges scorecards (86-85) but had expended so much energy in the early rounds building his lead that he appeared ready to founder. One of the two fighters had to succumb, and it was Mormeck who lost the war of attrition. In the waning seconds, after a relentless assault from Bell, Mormeck finally hit the deck. Referee Wayne Kelley counted him out with just 10 seconds left in round 10.

Mormeck, known for providing aesthetic quotes, has sided with the thoughts of his promoter.

的 side with the thoughts of my promoter Don King, Mormeck said. 天ictory will soon be upon us.

Mormeck has brought in veteran trainer Richie Giachetti to join his team for this match.

展e reviewed what worked and what did not work from the first fight, Giachetti said. 的f Jean-Marc follows the game plan we池e confident he wins the fight.

展e beefed up his training regimen so he can remain strong if the fight goes into the later rounds.

Article posted on 14.03.2007



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