• Boxing: Mormeck negotiates to fight Ola Afolabi




    France's Jean-Marc Mormeck is preparing to return to the boxing ring in the cruiserweight category.

    This was revealed by the sources close to the fighter on Tuesday.


    The sources claimed that Mormeck, who was beaten by Ukrainian undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf in March, is in negotiations to fight Britain s Ola Afolabi in Paris and could also take part in another bout in Guadeloupe. "Nothing has been definitively agreed upon yet," added the source.


    Afolabi drew with Germany s WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck in Erfurt, Germany in May.


    Mormeck, 40, won the WBA cruiserweight title in February 2002 after beating American Virgil Hill in a technical knockout in Marseille.


    He later defended the belt three times and then claimed the WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles by beating Wayne Braithwaite of Guyana in 2005.


    After losing his titles following a 10th-round knockout in a unification title bout against O Neil Bell of Jamaica in 2006, he won back the WBA and WBC belts by beating Bell in a rematch a year later.


    But a seventh-round knockout at the hands of Britain s David Haye in November 2007 persuaded Mormeck to go on and try his luck at heavyweight level.


    Three wins, against American duo Vinnie Maddalone and Fres Oquendo as well as Timur Ibragimov of Uzbekistan, gave him the chance to take on Klitschko, who knocked him out in the fourth round.




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