Frenchman claims cruiserweight supremacy

3rd April 2005, Comments 0 comments

WORCESTER, Massachusetts, April 2 (AFP) - Jean-Marc Mormeck seized the WBC belt and retained his WBA crown with a victory over Wayne Braithwaite in a world title cruiserweight fight here on Saturday.

WORCESTER, Massachusetts, April 2 (AFP) - Jean-Marc Mormeck seized the WBC belt and retained his WBA crown with a victory over Wayne Braithwaite in a world title cruiserweight fight here on Saturday.

Mormeck became first Frenchman to unify a world boxing title after winning the bout on points, 114-112, 115-111, 116-110.

It was just the second fight in the US for Mormeck (31-2, 21 KOs). This was also the first defence of the WBA title he won in May by unanimous decision over four-time world champion Virgil Hill.

The 32-year-old Mormeck lost two of his first five fights but has won 28 consecutive bouts since.

Braithwaite started strong but Mormeck used his bigger size to his advantage knocking 29-year-old Braithwaite down with a right hand in the seventh round.

Mormeck opened up a cut over Braithwaite's left eye in the eighth and continued to pound him in the ninth. Mormeck had enough left in the final round to connect with some more hard blows.

A native of Guyana, the previously unbeaten Braithwaite (21-1, 17 KOs) had not been seriously challenged in his seven-year career.

His 12-round unanimous decision over Luis Azille nearly one year ago marked the first time he had been taken past the 10th round.

© AFP

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