When heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-5, 23KO) takes on former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (33-4, 22KO) this Thursday, one thing is for sure, the fans in attendance will be treated to one very exciting fight. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds, will take place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Mormeck’s native Paris, France. “I can’t wait to get into the ring and go to war with Mormeck,” stated Maddalone. “Mormeck comes right at you and likes to bang, which is exactly the type of fight I dream about being in. There isn’t going to be any dancing around or pop shotting from the outside, this is going to be one of those old school fashion wars that boxing fans love to see. We are both going to be right in each other’s faces from the start of the fight, saying, ‘here I am, let me see what you got’. I’m really looking forward to putting on a fun and exciting show for all those in attendance come fight night.”
Maddalone, coming off a 4th round TKO over Benji Baker in his last fight in April, is known for his crowd pleasing style, and punching power. Maddalone is also known throughout the boxing circles as a bleeder, something that Maddalone thrives off of.
“When I see blood, that’s when I really start to fight, I guess it gets me going,” says Maddalone with a smile.
This will be his second appearance for Maddalone in Europe in the last two years. Last November Maddalone traveled to Germany to take on highly regarded undefeated prospect Dennis Boytsov (26-0, 21KO). Boytsov, who is ranked as the WBO #4, WBA #5, IBF #5, and WBC #12 ranked heavyweight in the world and won an eight round unanimous decision.
While the French native Mormeck will be the favorite going into the fight it is worthy noting that while Maddalone has been relatively active, fighting four times in 2008, and once already in 2009, this will be Mormeck’s first fight since 2007 when he was stopped by now WBA heavyweight champion, David Haye. Also this will be Mormeck’s first trip into the heavyweight division. The 5’11 Mormeck started his career at light heavyweight and has never weighed more than 202 lbs. in any of his fights, while the 6’2 Maddalone has been at heavyweight his entire career, and will hold a substantial size advantage over Mormeck.
“We are optimistic about Vinny’s chances going into this fight,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing and long-time promoter of Maddalone. “Vinny is a natural heavyweight, with real heavyweight power, it will be interesting to see how Mormeck reacts if Vinny catches him. Regardless of the outcome, you know anytime you have a fight involving Vinny that you are in for a special treat. He is one of boxing’s ultimate blood and guts warriors, and we expect nothing less from him come December 17th.”