Wladimir Klitschko takes on Jean-Marc Mormeck on December 10th, 2011. No disrespect to Mormeck, but this is a poor choice of opponent for Klitschko. It will be hard for the boxing public to get excited about the fight.
Like David Haye, Mormeck is a natural cruiserweight and a good fighter at that level. Unfortunately, Mormeck will provide little in the way of firepower and is no threat to Klitschko.
Expect the Frenchman to show a lot more heart than Haye did, however. Mormeck will not go down without a fight.
I predict that the fight will essentially be a replay of Vitali Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamek. The two fights are pointless—they simply reassert the dominance of the Klitschko brothers.
As Wladimir Klitschko's head trainer, Steward knows that his fighter needs to do better.
Steward has said as much in recent interviews, that he would much rather his top fighter chase opponents such as Chris Arreola, Robert Helenius and Alexander Dimitrenko.
Steward will need to convince his fighter to think big for 2012. Otherwise, audiences will likely continue to shy away from the heavyweight division.
In the meantime, it was a big mistake for Miguel Cotto to drop Steward as his trainer. Cotto will soon be fighting Antonio Margarito and needs an experienced head in his corner. Without Steward, Cotto may struggle that little bit more.
Middleweight boxer Andy Lee is also trained by Steward and, like Klitschko, needs to be thinking big. With any luck, title fights may come his way soon.
Trainer Power Ranking - 7.5/10 (Last Month - 8.5/10)