Boxing: Klitschko faces small problem


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Wladimir Klitschko will be aiming for his 50th career knockout when he defends his world heavyweight titles against French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck tonight.

Klitschko is a big favorite to retain the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. He is 6in taller, has a 7in reach advantage and is four years younger than the 39-year-old Frenchman. Yet Klitschko says the Guadeloupe-born Mormeck is "very experienced" and "his size makes it even more difficult for me to hit him".

"It's so difficult to fight a smaller guy because usually they are faster physically," Klitschko said. "This is why I'm expecting a tough challenge, at least in the beginning of the fight."