Monday, June 28th, 2010 - Mark de Mori
PERTH heavyweight boxer Mark “The Dominator” de Mori looks set for several fights in the US this year – and will possibly wrestle in Mexico.

It comes after he winged his way to California in February to train with an elite team to help raise his World Boxing Council ranking.

Training three times a day with a team made up of world champions and other top boxing contenders, de Mori is more determined than ever to make 2010 his year.

“It was a huge thing for me to get the opportunity to train with this team and it was an impressive experience,” he said.

“I even went to Las Vegas with them because Gabriel Campillo from Spain, the WBA light heavyweight champion, was preparing at their gym.

“They want to be my training team and the plan is to have six to eight fights in the US to build my experience before fighting a top 10 contender.

“Fans have also expressed a huge interest in me after my recent trip with the possibility of monthly wrestling matches in Mexico looking likely.”

The 27-year-old, ranked number 17 in the world by the WBC, is currently signed to world-renowned boxing promoter Don King in a three-year deal, thanks to an impressive 14 knockouts in 16 wins.

“The goal is to work me back up the WBC world rating to be inside the top 15 this year so I will be eligible for a title shot and big money fights,” de Mori said.

Don King Promotions has previously cited de Mori’s “youth and exciting style” as integral factors in marketing him to a US audience.

Originally blitzing the amateur circuit, taking 11 fights, de Mori quickly made his professional debut as a 22-year-old. Winning 16 of 17 fights, and drawing two, a highlight was his eight-round win over American Ed Mahone Auckland in 2008.

A former world title challenger, Mahone was a favourite to win – but de Mori won the day in a unanimous decision.

Standing at 188 cm (6’2”) and weighing 105kg (233lbs), de Mori has a dominating right hook, matched with an ability to get very low while bobbing and weaving against his opponents.

He won two fights in 2009, against Jason Barnett in Missouri and Kevin Karusa in Perth.

“My fight with Ed Mahone gave me the inspiration to go international and that managed to attract the interest of Don King,” de Mori said. “No one gave me a chance against him but in the end I outboxed him, so it was a big win for me.

“I am looking forward to the hard fights ahead because I feel confident in my ability and preparation.

“It’s always been my dream to be a TV fighter in the US, like Tommy Morrison or Arturo Gatti, and I now have the perfect platform to achieve that dream.”

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Mark de Mori, 27, from Perth, Western Australia, is ranked 17th in the world by the World Boxing Council and is represented by boxing promoter Don King.
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