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Jean Marc Mormeck Says Haye Not Yet Ready For Klitschkos; Wants Another Go At The WBA Heavyweight Champ Himself

by James Slater - Amongst the interested observers of Saturday night's WBA heavyweight title fight battle between David Haye and challenger John Ruiz, was Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck; the man who was stopped inside seven-rounds by "The Hayemaker" down at cruiserweight in 2007. The 37-year-old "Marksman," now 1-0 in his own campaign up at heavyweight, is still intent on getting the opportunity to gain revenge over Haye, and he has also told French newspaper L'Equipe how he doesn't think Haye is yet ready for either Klitschko brother..

Mormeck, 34-4(22) defeated tough guy Vinny Maddalone in his heavyweight debut back in December, and next up for the former cruiserweight champ is a scheduled May 6th fight with fringe contender Fres Oquendo. Mormeck says that if he does as he thinks he will and defeats "Fast Fres," he and his team will then put an offer on the table for Haye to face him in a rematch of what the Frenchman calls their "dirty" fight.

Mormeck first gave his take on Haye's showing against Ruiz.

"I'm convinced if he'd [Haye] fought either of the Klitschko brothers instead of Ruiz he would have lost the fight inside the distance," Mormeck told L'Equipe. "He's not yet ready to fight either of them. One day he will be, but it's still too early for him."

No doubt a number of fans will agree with what Mormeck has had to say. However, ready or not, there is a good chance Haye will face either Wladimir or Vitali - possibly at Wembley, London - later this year. Mormeck, though, hopes it will be he who gets in the ring with the exciting power-puncher next.

"I'm up for it," Mormeck said of a second go at Haye. "First of all I have to convince people that I'm deserving of my place in the heavyweight division. I think I'll come through it. Haye is beatable and I think I can swing a fight against him in my favour.

"In Levallois (in France, the scene of the Haye-Mormeck fight in November 2007) when he beat me he hit me with a lot of dirty punches. And against Valuev, he didn't necessarily deserve to win. But it [the verdict] was swayed by business interests. He's English, elegant and a lot more attractive option in the heavyweight division than a Russian giant.

"If I come through the Oquendo fight, as I believe I can, we'll be putting an offer [to Haye] on the table."

What chances are there of a Haye-Mormeck II? Slim and none, as the saying goes. Mormeck - who in my opinion faces a tough night against solid heavyweight Oquendo - is clearly still angry at losing to Haye in Paris, but with all the other, bigger fights out there for the current WBA heavyweight champ, the Frenchman's chances of even being looked at by Team-Haye appear to be remote at best.

Article posted on 06.04.2010



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