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Saturday, 23 February, 2002, 21:10 GMT
Mormeck stops Hill to take title
Is this the end of the line for Virgil Hill?
Is this defeat the end of the line for Virgil Hill?
Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck took the WBA cruiserweight title in Marseille on Saturday when defending champion Virgil Hill abandoned after eight rounds.

The 29-year-old Mormeck was declared winner when his American opponent, whose right eyebrow was bleeding heavily, failed to stand up at the start of the ninth round.

The victory took Mormeck's record to 27 wins and two defeats.

"He wasn't as hard as I thought," Mormeck said of the 38-year-old Hill.

I couldn't keep him off with my jab because of my (injured) hand, but that takes nothing away from him
Virgil Hill

The veteran American's record now stands at 46-4.

"I hurt my hand in the second round," Hill said. "That's not to take away from his great win."

The champion was in difficulty in the third round after receiving a left hook to the body, and he took further punishment in the fourth from Mormeck's left hand.

The Frenchman briefly pinned Hill against the ropes in the fifth, and in the seventh round he knocked Hill's mouthpiece out.

With his right eyebrow bleeding, Hill tired considerably in the eighth and it was no surprise when he failed to leave his corner at the start of the ninth.

Hill had held the title since beating Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo in December 2000. This was his first, and last, defence.

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