Perth boxer Mark de Mori is confident a new training regime under the guidance of Rockingham weightlifting coach Bob Pavone will add an extra dimension to his arsenal in tomorrows’s showdown with American Troy Weida.
de Mori will put his World Boxing Council Asia Continental heavyweight title on the line in Sydney in his 22nd professional fight.
The West Australian, who was once rated among the world’s top-20 heavyweights, has adopted a training regime akin to an Olympic weightlifter ahead of the bout.
de Mori’s new approach has been overseen by Pavone at the Olympifit Strength and Fitness Centre in Rockingham and is designed to develop explosive power.
‘‘This is something I’ve been doing more of lately, which is a bit different,’’ said de Mori in between training sessions last week.
‘‘It’s like Olympic weightlifting and it’s purely for reaction time and explosiveness.
‘‘It’ll mean my punches will be sharper, my defence movements will be sharper and I’ll have more power.’’
de Mori is targeting a return to the United States in the near future and already boasts a record just as imposing as his stature.
Of the 30-year-old’s 18 wins, 16 have come via knockout, with two draws and one loss the only blemishes in an eight-year professional career.
Victory against Weida on Friday is likely stamp de Mori on the radar of many of the world’s top heavyweights.
The advantage of experience is in the American’s corner, with Weida (46 wins, 23 losses and two draws) having gone toe-to-toe with the likes of multi-division world heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko and former champion Ray Mercer.
However, what de Mori gives away in experience, he more than makes up for in technique.
‘‘I think I’ve got a very good jab and a good defence,’’ he said.
‘‘Whereas this guy (Weida) is more of a brawler and I think that plays to my strengths.
‘‘I know I’m going to be too fast, too smart for him and I won’t be getting into a brawl with him because that’s what he wants. He’s fought some of the best heavyweights around. All I know is that if I want to be at that next level, I’ve got to beat him.’’
Friday’s bout is the main event on a five-fight card at the St Mary’s Band Club, NSW.