Jean-Marc Mormeck

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Jean-Marc Mormeck
Mormeck in 2005
Real name Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck
Nickname(s) The Marksman
Rated at Heavyweight
Light heavyweight
Height 181 cm (71.3 in)
Reach 188 cm (74 in)
Nationality French
Born (1972-06-03) 3 June 1972 (age 44)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 37
Wins by KO 23
Losses 6

Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck (born 3 June 1972) is a French professional boxer. He is a two-time former unified WBC and WBA cruiserweight world champion.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Boxing career[edit]

1990-1998: Early Career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

2002-2006: First World Title & Unification Bouts[edit]

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: Re-Capturing Cruiserweight Titles[edit]

In their rematch, Mormeck regained the WBA and WBC belts 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 again lost his WBA and WBC 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.

2009-2010: Heavyweight[edit]

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.[2]

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).[citation needed]

2012: Heavyweight Title Shot[edit]

In October 2011, Mormeck was signed to fight unified Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on 10 December 2011 at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany [3] until Klitschko pulled out after having a kidney stone removed on 2 December 2011. The fight was postponed to 3 March 2012.[4] 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.[5]
  • Mormeck made one appearance in a French television talk-show called "Tout le monde en parle" to raise his mainstream profile.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (23 knockouts, 14 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions)[1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 37-6 Poland Mateusz Masternak MD 10 06/12/2014 France Issy les Moulineaux, France
Win 37-5 Hungary Tamas Lodi TKO 4 26/06/2014 France Hauts-de-Seine, France
Loss 36-5 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko KO 4 03/03/2012 Germany Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany WBA Super/IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight Titles.
Win 36-4 Uzbekistan Timur Ibragimov SD 12 02/12/2010 France Paris, France WBA International Heavyweight Title. 116-111, 116-112, 113-115.
Win 35-4 United States Fres Oquendo UD 10 06/05/2010 France Paris, France 96-95, 96-95, 96-94.
Win 34-4 United States Vinny Maddalone UD 8 17/12/2009 France Paris, France 77-75, 79-75, 79-73.
Loss 33-4 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 7 10/11/2007 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France WBA Super/WBC World Cruiserweight Titles.
Win 33-3 Jamaica O'Neil Bell UD 12 17/03/2007 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France WBA Super/WBC World Cruiserweight Titles. 115-113, 115-113, 116-112.
Win 32-3 United States Sebastian Hill TKO 4 08/07/2006 Missouri Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:32 of the fourth round.
Loss 31-3 Jamaica O'Neil Bell KO 10 07/01/2006 New York (state) New York City, New York WBA Super/WBC/IBF World Cruiserweight Titles. Mormeck knocked out at 2:50 of the tenth round.
Win 31-2 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite UD 12 02/04/2005 Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts, United States WBA Super/WBC World Cruiserweight Titles. 116-110, 114-112, 115-111.
Win 30-2 United States Virgil Hill UD 12 22/05/2004 South Africa Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa WBA World Cruiserweight Title. 115-113, 115-113, 115-114.
Win 29-2 Ukraine Alexander Gurov TKO 8 01/03/2003 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBA World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:32 of the eighth round.
Win 28-2 Canada Dale Brown TKO 8 10/08/2002 France Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France WBA World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 27-2 United States Virgil Hill RTD 8 23/02/2002 France Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France WBA World Cruiserweight Title. Hill retired after the eighth round.
Win 26-2 United States Franklin Edmondson PTS 8 08/10/2001 France Paris, France
Win 25-2 United States Vinson Durham TKO 2 04/08/2001 France Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Win 24-2 Brazil Antonio Fernando Caldas, Jr. TKO 3 14/05/2001 France Paris, France
Win 23-2 Ukraine Valeriy Vykhor TKO 3 03/04/2001 France Fréjus, Var, France
Win 22-2 Colombia Juan Carlos Viloria TKO 10 29/01/2001 France Paris, France WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 21-2 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 3 16/12/2000 Venezuela Maracay, Venezuela WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:36 of the third round.
Win 20-2 United States Jerry Williams TKO 6 03/10/2000 Finland Helsinki, Finland
Win 19-2 Portugal Antonio Pedro Quiganga TKO 2 16/09/2000 France Chateauroux, Indre, France
Win 18-2 Ukraine Kostyantyn Okhrey TKO 3 16/05/2000 France Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Win 17-2 United States Tim Hillie KO 4 25/04/2000 France Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France
Win 16-2 United States Jerry Williams KO 7 07/03/2000 France Dijon, Cote-d'Or, France
Win 15-2 United States Rob Bleakley TKO 4 15/02/2000 France Epinal, Vosges, France
Win 14-2 United States Bruce Rumbolz TKO 4 07/12/1999 France Saint-Vallier, Drome, France
Win 13-2 France Pascal Warusfel UD 10 26/10/1999 France Guilherand-Granges, Ardeche, France France Light Heavyweight Title. 96-94, 96-94, 96-94.
Win 12-2 Chad Ganguina Larme PTS 10 18/05/1999 France Noisy-le-Grand, Seine-Saint-Denis, France France Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 11-2 United States Joe Stevenson TKO 2 02/02/1999 France Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Oise, France
Win 10-2 France Alain Simon PTS 10 10/11/1998 France Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Oise, France France Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 9-2 Bulgaria Konstantin Semerdjiev TKO 5 13/10/1998 France Guilherand-Granges, Ardeche, France
Win 8-2 France Kamel Amrane PTS 8 23/05/1998 France Noisy-le-Grand, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Win 7-2 Turkey Turan Bagci PTS 8 20/01/1998 France Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 6-2 Bulgaria Kalin Stoyanov TKO 7 20/12/1997 France Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Win 5-2 Spain Juan Nelongo TKO 3 05/11/1997 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Spain
Win 4-2 Finland Harri Hakulinen PTS 6 24/06/1997 France Pont-Audemer, Eure, France
Loss 3-2 France Dominique Mansare PTS 6 13/06/1997 France Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, France
Loss 3-1 Liberia Lee Manuel Ossie PTS 4 22/05/1997 Spain Los Cristianos, Islas Canarias, Spain
Win 3-0 France Thierry Vuillemin PTS 6 08/03/1997 France Noisy-le-Grand, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Win 2-0 France Frederic Goutal TKO 4 19/05/1995 France Saint-Lo, Manche, France
Win 1-0 France Pierrick Trideau TKO 1 25/03/1995 France Noisy-le-Grand, Seine-Saint-Denis, France


  1. ^ "Profile: Jean-Marc Mormeck". Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Mark Vester (17 December 2009). "Jean Marc Mormeck Decisions Vinny Maddalone in Eight". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wladimir Klitschko to face Jean-Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf in December". The Guardian. 6 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Klitschko pulls out of title bout". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (7 January 2006). "Bell v. Mormeck". ESPN. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jean-Marc Mormeck". Retrieved 21 February 2008. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA cruiserweight Champion
23 February 2002 – 2 April 2005
Succeeded by
Virgil Hill
as Regular champion
New title WBA cruiserweight super champion
2 April 2005 – 7 January 2006
Succeeded by
O'Neil Bell
Preceded by
Wayne Braithwaite
WBC cruiserweight champion
2 April 2005 – 7 January 2006
Title last held by
Carlos de León
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
2 April 2005 – 7 January 2006
Preceded by
O'Neil Bell
WBA cruiserweight super champion
WBC cruiserweight champion
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion

17 March 2007 – 10 November 2007
Succeeded by
David Haye