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Mormeck in 2005
|Real name||Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck|
|Born||3 June 1972
|Wins by KO||23|
Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck (born 3 June 1972) is a French former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2014. He is a two-time unified world cruiserweight champion, having held the WBA, WBC and The Ring world titles twice between 2005 and 2007. He was the first boxer to hold unified cruiserweight title since Evander Holyfield in 1988, and the first fighter to hold The Ring cruiserweight title since Carlos De León in 1987. He was ranked by BoxRec as the world's top 10 cruiserweight from 2001 to 2005 and in 2007, and was ranked No.1 in 2003 and 2004. Mormeck also challenged for the unified world heavyweight title in 2012.
Mormeck was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe as an only child to Fulbert and Sonia Mormeck. When he was 6, he and his family moved to Paris, France where he still lives. Mormeck engaged himself in football and Muay Thai as an amateur. After watching some boxing matches on television, he became inspired to excel in it.
1990–1998: early career
He fought as an amateur in 1990 and turned professional in 1995. Early in his career, Mormeck lost 2 minor four-round bouts on points but kept winning for years afterwards. On 10 November 1998, Mormeck won the French light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Alain Simon. He defended that title three times before relinquishing it.
2002–2006: first world title and unification bouts
Later, Mormeck captured the WBA cruiserweight title by a 9th-round technical knockout win over Virgil Hill on 23 February 2002. Following three defenses with wins over Dale Brown, Alexander Gurov and Virgil Hill again, he added the WBC cruiserweight crown to his collection on 2 April 2005, by way of unanimous decision over Wayne Braithwaite.
However, Mormeck lost his WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles to O'Neil Bell after being knocked out in the 10th round. This bout, on 7 January 2006, was for the undisputed (WBA/WBC/IBF) cruiserweight championship.
2007: regaining cruiserweight titles
In their rematch, Mormeck regained the WBA and WBC titles back from Bell (Bell lost the IBF title over a dispute from the organization) by unanimous decision on 17 March 2007.
In the first defense of his second title reign, Mormeck lost his WBA, WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles as he was bested by mandatory challenger and knockout specialist David Haye on 10 November 2007. Mormeck was dropped heavily in the 7th round after being hit by a strong right from Haye. Although Mormeck rose up just in time, the referee realized that he was dazed and in no condition to go on, which caused the contest to be stopped and Haye winning the fight by knockout.
On 17 December 2009, Mormeck made his return to the ring after a two-year layoff, fighting for the first time as a heavyweight, against Vinny Maddalone. He outpointed the veteran heavyweight over 8 rounds.
Mormeck fought Uzbek heavyweight and WBA#7 Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KO) on 2 December 2010, at Halle Carpentier, Paris. Mormeck started slowly but dominated the middle rounds to win a split decision (116-112, 116-111, 113-115).
2012: Mormeck vs. Klitschko
In October 2011, Mormeck was signed to fight unified Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on 10 December 2011 at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany until Klitschko pulled out after having a kidney stone removed on 2 December 2011. The fight was postponed to 3 March 2012. In this fight, Mormeck attempted to be only the third cruiserweight champion to win a world title at Heavyweight, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye. However, he was defeated by the 4th - round KO.
- Before his first encounter with O'Neil Bell, Mormeck had no nickname, so he asked his fans to come up with one. He did not know that the fans had selected the moniker "The Marksman" until it was announced at the fight.
- Mormeck made one appearance in a French television talk-show called "Tout le monde en parle" to raise his mainstream profile.
Professional boxing record
|43 fights||37 wins||6 losses|
|43||Loss||37–6||Mateusz Masternak||MD||10||6 Dec 2014||Palais des sports Robert Charpentier, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France|
|42||Win||37–5||Tamas Lodi||TKO||4 (10)||26 Jun 2014||Patinoire d'Asnieres, Asnières-sur-Seine, France|
|41||Loss||36–5||Wladimir Klitschko||KO||4 (12), 1:12||3 Mar 2012||Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany||For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|40||Win||36–4||Timur Ibragimov||SD||12||2 Dec 2010||Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, France||Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title|
|39||Win||35–4||Fres Oquendo||UD||10||6 May 2010||Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, France|
|38||Win||34–4||Vinny Maddalone||UD||8||17 Dec 2009||Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, France|
|37||Loss||33–4||David Haye||TKO||7 (12), 1:54||10 Nov 2007||Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France||Lost WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring cruiserweight titles|
|36||Win||33–3||O'Neil Bell||UD||12||17 Mar 2007||Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France||Won WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring cruiserweight titles|
|35||Win||32–3||Sebastian Hill||TKO||4 (10), 2:32||8 Jul 2006||Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, US|
|34||Loss||31–3||O'Neil Bell||KO||10 (12), 2:50||7 Jan 2006||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Lost WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring cruiserweight titles;
For IBF cruiserweight title
|33||Win||31–2||Wayne Braithwaite||UD||12||2 Apr 2005||DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, US||Retained WBA (Unified) cruiserweight title;
Won WBC and vacant The Ring cruiserweight titles
|32||Win||30–2||Virgil Hill||UD||12||22 May 2004||Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa||Retained WBA cruiserweight title|
|31||Win||29–2||Alexander Gurov||TKO||8 (12), 0:32||1 Mar 2003||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained WBA cruiserweight title|
|30||Win||28–2||Dale Brown||TKO||8 (12)||10 Aug 2002||Plages du Prado, Marseille, France||Retained WBA cruiserweight title|
|29||Win||27–2||Virgil Hill||RTD||9 (12), 0:01||23 Feb 2002||Palais des Sports, Marseille, France||Won WBA cruiserweight title|
|28||Win||26–2||Franklin Edmondson||PTS||8||8 Oct 2001||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|27||Win||25–2||Vinson Durham||TKO||2 (8)||4 Aug 2001||Plages du Prado, Marseille, France|
|26||Win||24–2||Antonio Fernando Caldas Jr.||TKO||3 (8)||14 May 2001||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|25||Win||23–2||Valeriy Vykhor||TKO||3 (10)||3 Apr 2001||Salle Bellevue, Fréjus, France|
|24||Win||22–2||Juan Carlos Viloria||TKO||10 (12)||29 Jan 2001||Palais des Sports, Paris, France||Retained WBA Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title|
|23||Win||21–2||Livin Castillo||TKO||3 (12), 2:36||16 Dec 2000||Forum Bicentenario, Maracay, Venezuela||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title|
|22||Win||20–2||Jerry Williams||TKO||6 (8)||3 Oct 2000||Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland|
|21||Win||19–2||Antonio Pedro Quiganga||TKO||2 (8)||16 Sep 2000||Châteauroux, France|
|20||Win||18–2||Kostyantyn Okhrey||TKO||3 (8)||16 May 2000||Boulogne-sur-Mer, France|
|19||Win||17–2||Tim Hillie||KO||4 (8)||25 Apr 2000||Saint-Quentin, France|
|18||Win||16–2||Jerry Williams||KO||7 (10)||7 Mar 2000||Dijon, France|
|17||Win||15–2||Rob Bleakley||TKO||4 (8)||15 Feb 2000||Palais des Sports, Épinal, France|
|16||Win||14–2||Bruce Rumbolz||TKO||4 (10)||7 Dec 1999||Saint-Vallier, France|
|15||Win||13–2||Pascal Warusfel||UD||10||26 Oct 1999||Guilherand-Granges, France||Retained France light-heavyweight title|
|14||Win||12–2||Ganguina Larme||PTS||10||18 May 1999||Noisy-le-Grand, France||Retained France light-heavyweight title|
|13||Win||11–2||Joe Stevenson||TKO||2 (8)||2 Feb 1999||Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France|
|12||Win||10–2||Alain Simon||SD||10||10 Nov 1998||Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France||Won France light-heavyweight title|
|11||Win||9–2||Konstantin Semerdjiev||TKO||5 (8)||13 Oct 1998||Guilherand-Granges, France|
|10||Win||8–2||Kamel Amrane||PTS||8||23 May 1998||Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|9||Win||7–2||Turan Bagci||PTS||8||20 Jan 1998||Levallois-Perret, France|
|8||Win||6–2||Kalin Stoyanov||TKO||7 (8)||20 Dec 1997||Bobigny, France|
|7||Win||5–2||Juan Nelongo||TKO||3 (6)||5 Nov 1997||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|6||Win||4–2||Harri Hakulinen||PTS||6||24 Jun 1997||Pont-Audemer, France|
|5||Loss||3–2||Dominique Mansare||PTS||6||13 Jun 1997||Clermont-Ferrand, France|
|4||Loss||3–1||Lee Manuel Ossie||PTS||4||22 May 1997||Los Cristianos, Spain|
|3||Win||3–0||Thierry Vuillemin||PTS||6||8 Mar 1997||Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|2||Win||2–0||Frederic Goutal||TKO||4 (6)||19 May 1995||Saint-Lô, France|
|1||Win||1–0||Pierrick Trideau||TKO||1 (4)||25 Mar 1995||Noisy-le-Grand, France||Professional debut|
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