By James Slater
Tonight in Asnieres, France, former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champ Jean Marc Mormeck ended a two-year layoff with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of a game Tamas Lodi. Mormeck, now aged 42 and last seen being crushed inside four-rounds by heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, improved to 37-5, 23 KOs with the win which came at 2:32 of the fourth. Lodi fell to 13-3-1, 11 KOs.
Mormeck had a good look at his 24-year-old opponent in the opening couple of rounds, no doubt shedding some ring-rust, before he upped the work-rate in the third. Constantly throwing punches as he walked his Hungarian opponent down, Mormeck, looking in great physical shape, attacked both head and body. The fourth saw Mormeck land a big right hand to the head, putting Lodi down hard. The younger man bravely beat the count and fought on, but he was being battered by a relentless former champion who is hungry for more gold. Finally, the referee came in and saved Lodi from further punishment.
Mormeck says he wants to challenge for one of the cruiserweight world titles before the end of this year, and fights with the likes of Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and the other big names of the 200-pound division would certainly prove interesting. The two year break looks to have done Mormeck the power of good.