Mark de Mori talks David Haye: “Every man can be broken with power”

WEST Australian Mark De Mori will welcome former two-divison titleholder David Haye out of retirement on January 16th at London’s O2 Arena.

With just over a month remaining until his date with the popular Englishman, De Mori is showing no fear and has nothing but confidence ahead of the heavyweight clash.

“There is only one strategy and that’s pressure, I cannot use my reach and dance I must engage,” said de Mori.

“Sport is about skill, but also there is always a way to equal the score with power,”

“Every man can be broken with power,”

De Mori, 33, is hoping his sturdy and widely built frame will present a threat for Haye, 35, who has not fought in almost three and a half years.

Although Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) holds a slight height and reach advantage over the Australian, de Mori doesn’t see this as a disadvantage.

“I am as wide as I am tall,” he explained. “I have never been able to rely on reach but what I find is my power is more effective against smaller boxers,”

De Mori’s power has been consistent throughout his career having scored 26 knockouts, with 22 of those within the first four rounds.

With that said, the Australian’s power shouldn’t be the only concern for the returning Haye, who will fight under the guidance of new trainer Shane McGuigan.

Haye was forced into an early retirement following his grudge match against Dereck Chisora at London’s Upton Park, with the Bermondsey resident undergoing shoulder surgery.

De Mori sees the shoulder as an ongoing weakness and aims to capitalize.

“I have targeted the shoulder before when I couldn’t hit them cleanly,”

“Because boxers don’t move when you target their shoulder, you can use maximum force and try and dislocate the shoulder joint,”

The shot on the big stage didn’t come easy for the 33-year-old, who admits that he missed out on several high-profile fights due to failed negotiations.

After departing from renowned promoter Don King, De Mori has wasted no time.

De Mori relocated to Croatia, where he started a partnership with Mike Borao of Warrior Boxing, which the Split resident elaborates on.

“Borao had many top heavyweights including Shannon Briggs, Clifford Ettiene, Charles Martin, Tony Thompson and the list goes on,” he continued.

The opportunity to share similar coaches and their work ethics appeared to be a no brainer for De Mori.

Unlike most Australian counterparts, De Mori has faced almost half of his opposition outside of his native country and looks forward to the overseas challenge once again.

“To be the bad guy and have everyone boo me is a great experience and always pushes me,” he added. “Haye has lots of fans that will be expecting him to be dominant,”

“I hope they have a shocked look on their faces after the fight.”

In a possible sign that he may be overlooking de Mori, Haye has already announced his future plans, although De Mori is firmly focused on their January meeting.

However, when quizzed on his interest for a fight with Lucas Browne – who is slated to face Ruslan Chagaev for his version of the WBA championship in March – de Mori said he would consider a potential bout.

“I accepted Chagaev two times on short notice when Oquendo was injured but it didn’t happen,” recalled de Mori. “Now I am in the big market I have certain minimums,”

“My days of short notice fights are over and I consider all offers.”

Words: Josh Egan
Photo: Provided



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