By Craig Watt
In the times of Eastern European domination in the heavyweight division, Australia is sending its top heavyweight prospect to the USA to enter the mix. Mark de Mori from Perth is an Australian with an Italian grandfather who is ready and willing to test himself on the world stage. In 2008 he signed up with Don King and has recently returned from Ohio from a two month training camp with King’s heavyweight team and he is now ready to pack his bags to appear on the under card of the April 24th IBF jr-middleweight championship fight between Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore in St.Louis. The 27-year-old is just reaching his prime and has a record of 13-1-2 with eleven wins by knockout and is willing to travel anywhere and fight any of the top contenders to test himself in the heavyweight division.
He told Fightnews, “When Don King saw me fight in 2008 he saw my potential and we signed a three year deal. I am a big punching heavyweight and have won my last nine on the bounce, seven by knockout. I am willing to fight anywhere and take on any of the top contenders. If anyone out there wants to take on this tough Aussie then I am willing to take up the challenge.”
De Mori is certainly willing to travel to show his talents and his last three fights have been in Indonesia, where he stopped Richard Tutaki inside a round, New Zealand, where he out pointed former world title challenger Ed Mahone over eight rounds and in September 2008 stopped Robert Kooser in the first in Biloxi, Mississippi on the undercard of the Tim Bradley-Edner Cherry world title fight.
The American experience was a key factor in his decision to move forward in the USA, rather than develop his career in his native Australia. He said, “The experience of fighting in Biloxi and working with Don King at first hand showed me that I have to come to America and develop my career further. The sparring, the training and the fights will push me to test myself rather than take on the domestic heavyweights here in Australia. I have big ambitions and want to see if I can mix with the best in the heavyweight division. Give me James Toney, give me John Ruiz, give me all the contenders and I will show my ability and punching power anywhere in world boxing.”
It was his fight with former world title challenger Ed Mahone that gave de Mori the inspiration to go international and it was this performance that impressed Don King. He added, “No one gave me a chance against Mahone in New Zealand. He had been in with Vitali Klitschko in a challenge for the WBO title and had performed well against Alexander Povetkin in 2006. I gave away all the experience but out boxed him over eight rounds and won by scored of 80-75, 80-72 and 79-73. This was a big win for me and gave me the chance to impress Don King and then I went to the US and knocked out Robert Kooser inside a round.”
De Mori is set to fly off to the US next week for his appearance on the 24th April promotion in St.Louis and is keen to secure a named opponent to show his talent. He stated, “I don’t have a confirmed opponent as yet for my next fight but I know DaVarryl Williamson is on the bill and a looking for a fight. This match would be a good test for me against someone who has a record of 25-5 with 21 KO’s. I would give away experience against someone who has mixed with Chris Byrd and Wladimir Klitschko but it would be a great experience and chance to show that I am ready for the challenge that lies ahead.”
In Mark de Mori Australia has a promising prospect who is determined to travel the world to build on his experience to date and upgrade the level of opponent to become a contender on the world scene.
More information on Mark and videos of his last three fights can be found on his website which is www.markdemori.com