need to focus, train like the elite and make sure I am prepared for that
moment when I am in the trenches. That's when all of my heart, desire and
ability will be put to the test, and that moment will be the difference
between obscurity and world title fights."
Mark de Mori sat down with SylvanaBoxing a few days before his fight. Check
DE: A few
months ago you seemed slightly jaded about being deprived of
opportunities, but anyone who has a glance on your Twitter
timeline would see more than a semblance of optimism. You
recently Tweeted "Boxing is fun again, I should have come here
years ago" What's different for you right now?
MDM: Australian boxing has always felt like Plato's Cave to me,
so whenever I am in America or now Europe, possibilities and
opportunities seem to come much easier. I am in the right place
for a heavyweight boxer trying to score the big time fights. I
am enjoying my training and fighting regularly. I have always
enjoyed fighting on the road and especially in countries where I
need to learn a new language, that makes it even more fun.
DE: You crammed in 3 fights
within the month of April! Was that spontaneous or was it
planned from the outset?
MDM: Each fight I improved, although I did not taper till the
last fight. I was exhausted for the first one having only
arrived after 25 hours of travelling, then fighting just 3 days
later. These were fights for me to improve, make new contacts in
Germany and see what happens. The risky plan to turn up in a
foreign country with gloves and my wife as trainer worked
perfectly and now I have great contacts all over Europe.
DE: What has it been like working with Luan and Agim
Krasniqi? Also, has it been a case of them refining your style,
or adjusting it?
MDM: Agim and
Luan are definitely trying to make me more aggressive and also
to use a more European guard. Having people I respect pushing me
at the gym is what I need. Luan said I have all the speed and
power I could want, we just need to get me a conditioning
trainer for 12 round fights and get me in the ring against
opposition that can push me into the later rounds. Meeting Luan
and Agim is something that happened only because of my plan to
turn up and see who I could meet and they have been a great
addition. Luan advises some top fighters, so I am lucky to have
his experience and knowledge working for me.
DE: Having immersed yourself in
the German boxing scene recently, how have you been finding it?
MDM: It is great to meet all the fighters and officials,
everybody has been really friendly and helpful so far. I am
really happy to be in a country that loves boxing and really
supports its athletes. I am a huge boxing fan, so just being a
boxer meeting my idols, travelling and training is a really
DE: What would you say
distinguishes you from other contenders out there?
MDM: Explosiveness. Many heavyweights have strength, not many
have the speed also. I see lots of good heavyweights that are
very methodical and classically trained that I believe you can
predict, whereas I have the ability to explode and create a
knockout from nowhere, even when I'm tired. I have been told
many times that I remind people of Tommy Morrison, who was
similar in that whatever was happening in a fight, he could dig
deep and produce explosive fight ending punches.
DE: How is training going?
MDM: I am loving it. I have to thank my sponsors Alan Burns,
Buel and Corfields for supporting me on this journey. Thanks to
them I am able to focus on training and throw everything at my
boxing goals. The focus at the moment is maintaining my speed
and power and developing my conditioning for a 12 rounder. That
world class level requires full time training and a professional
DE: What were your thoughts on Wladimir
Klitschko vs Francesco Pianeta?
MDM: It was obviously what everyone thought it would be and that
was a mismatch. Not because Pianeta can't fight, but because
right now Wladimir is boxing with confidence and with the
ability of a champion, a class above the rest. Predictable and
conventional fighters like Pianeta really have no chance vs
DE: Is it true that you got a
call about the possibility of being David Haye's opponent when
it looked as though they weren't going to agree terms with
Manuel Charr? What kind of fight do you think it would have been
if you had got it?
MDM: I got the call and the next day they announced Charr, so
I'm not sure why they called. David Haye is a classy boxer and a
huge puncher, but he needs a certain pace to be comfortable and
if you can take him out of his comfort zone, you can land and he
can be hurt. On paper, Haye's resume is in a different league to
mine with his world title wins, but paper is paper and when the
bell rings, I know I produce my best when I am scared and
nervous, which I would be vs Haye. Fights where I'm not
interested are always my worst.
DE: You accepted an invitation
to participate in the WBC world cup heavyweight tournament a
while ago. Is that something which would still interest you? Do
you think there should perhaps be more tournaments of this
nature organised by the world sanctioning bodies?
MDM: One thing I have learned in my boxing career is don't ever
think plans will work out when there are external factors and
always deal in reality, not maybes. With that in mind, I've kept
to my own plan, but with the decision that if the WBC world cup
happens, I will definitely consider it. If the tournament gives
exposure and opportunities at the top level, then I think it is
a great idea.
DE: There has been talk of you
possibly getting a WBU title opportunity in the future. Do you
feel that's a title which you can use for the betterment of your
MDM: This Friday I will fight for the WBU World Title in my
wife's hometown of Pozega, Croatia. I am excited to fight for
the title, but my goal is also to win one of the more recognised
titles, so this is a great stepping stone for me.
DE: Hypothetically, if such
things as promoters and tv channel deals weren't factors and you
could test yourself against anyone, who would it be and why?
MDM: Wladimir Klitschko, he is the best and he keeps knocking
people out, but there is that part of me that doesn't believe
any of the contenders are in there to win. It seems many
opponents are happy to fight him and get paid well, but when
someone is hungry they can unsettle and surprise even the elite.
Look at his first fight with Lamon Brewster, when Brewster
refused to quit, continually walked up and refused to back down,
and eventually broke the much more skilled Klitschko.
DE: What's currently on the
agenda for you and your team and what do you hope to achieve by
the end of the year?
MDM: I am currently WBC #15 and WBA #14. The goal now is to plan
some tough fights where I can put my name out there and prove I
am not just an early round KO fighter. We have a big show
planned where we have a good budget, so right now, I need to
focus, train like the elite and make sure I am prepared for that
moment when I am in the trenches. That's when all of my heart,
desire and ability will be put to the test, and that moment will
be the difference between obscurity and world title fights for
DE: Any final words or
MDM: I have fought all over the world and I was never a natural
boxer, so I am thankful for what boxing has done for me and how
it's put me on this adventure where I can make some money while
meeting my heroes and seeing the world. The boxing business is
something most don't understand and now that I understand it, we
are finally making it work for us. We will see if the guy who
trains himself in his garage in Perth, Western Australia, the
most isolated city in the world, can mix it with the best if he
has the right team around him. Win lose or draw, I am enjoying
every second of it.