French fighter heads to Madison Square Gardens

13th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (AFP) - France's Jean-Marc Mormeck is choosing his words carefully as he prepares for next month's fight against Jamaican-born O'Neil Bell to unify the world cruiserweight crown.

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (AFP) - France's Jean-Marc Mormeck is choosing his words carefully as he prepares for next month's fight against Jamaican-born O'Neil Bell to unify the world cruiserweight crown.

Mormeck, of Rosny-sous-Bois, holds the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council belts and headlines a card featuring three world championship matches at Madison Square Gardens on January 7.

"Every fight is hard, and I do not underestimate my opponent," the soft-spoken Mormeck said. "This would be a dream come true."

Asked if he had been watching any tapes of International Boxing Federation champ Bell's bouts in preparation for the contest, he said, "I do not watch films. I prefer to listen to my trainers and take it as it comes during the fight."

Instead of making predictions, the 33-year-old Mormeck lets his record speaks for itself. He is riding a 28-fight winning streak with 19 by knockout.

His last loss was to Dominique Mansare in France in June, 1997.

There has been speculation that Mormeck (31-2, 21KOs) is seeking to move up to the heavyweight division.

He said on Monday that he planned to talk with promoter Don King after the fight "to do something else."

Asked what it was, he replied: "I'll tell you after the fight."

The winner of the fight will become the first unified world cruiserweight champion since Evander Holyfield in 1988.

"I need the third belt and Bell has it. I have no choice but to take it from him," Mormeck said.

Bell, 30, now fights out of Atlanta, Georgia. Unlike Mormeck, Bell likes to boast and has backed it up by not losing in his past 25 bouts.

"Mormeck needs to be ready to face the most devastating fighter in the sport," Bell said.

His last defeat was to Mohammed Guesmi in North Carolina in 1998. His confidence is high and while he doesn't know much about Mormeck he knows he has a reputation of being a good fighter.

"I know he is an ex-football player and is in excellent shape. I respect him a lot.

"I have always said that I want to beat the best to become the world champion and I am happy to have been given the opportunity."

Bell (25-1-1, 23 KOs) said he is intensifying his training.

"I am so excited about this that I can't sleep. I am doing a lot of meditation and some yoga. I spoke to Jean-Marc in France by phone and told him he can bid adieu to his titles," said Bell.

King said the cruiserweight title had in recent times "looked lackadaisical and it is time to give them a chance in the land of opportunity."

The Mormeck-Bell fight is featured with the WBC world welterweight championship between undisputed titleholder Zab Judah (34-2, 25 KOs and one no contest), of Brooklyn, New York and Carlos Baldomir (41-9-6, 12KOs) of Argentina.

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