Mark De Mori's first day of sparring and a special visit from the great Hollywood boxing movie icon Jimmy Gambina
Another day here at the World Crown Sports training center… Well, not just any ordinary day, but then again there aren’t too many ordinary days around here. The day was definitely full of a lot of energy and excitement!
Promising heavyweight boxer Mark De Mori finally got a chance to get in the ring and do a little bit of sparring; for the first time since he has been here training and for the first time since November. We brought in a heavyweight from Los Angeles to spar with him, as all of our other boxers are middle weights and below. We have nobody around here to put in the ring with this heavy hitter.
Mark went 5 rounds, and as each round went on he seemed to get more comfortable. It’s been quite a change in training here for Mark as he’s working mostly on speed and conditioning, so he had to put it all together for the first time in the ring. Mark definitely has big potential and we are excited to watch him improve as a boxer overall. Mark hits hard and I am glad that I am not the guy in there taking the punishment!
I spoke with Mark right after and here’s what he had to say “ I felt good, definitely better than what I expected since I haven’t sparred since November, but I definitely have some things I need to improve on” I heard some chatter going on in the ring so I asked Mark what that was all about, “the guy was doing a little trash talking to me in there “come on, come on” he kept saying antagonizing Mark.
Directly after Mark’s session, up next for a little sparring action, was Victor Cayo, as he prepares for his March 27th fight against Maidana who holds the WBA light welterweight title which will be on the line in this fight. The fight will be held at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas so book your tickets now…you don’t want to miss this fight! Victor is always exciting to watch. He has a very unique fighting style that never fails to entertain.
During all this sparring in the background all you can hear is the hard hitting blows to the bag, coupled with a large gasp of air and energy as he pounds the bag, that’s our WBC Champion Sergio Martinez getting in his daily workout ! Even just in the background, you know he’s there, I mean you can feel his presence!
www.JimmyGambina.com Arriving just before the sparring sessions was Jimmy Gambino. Jimmy is a good friend of the World Crown Sports and came up for the day to check out all the fighters. Jimmy is one of the original creators of Rocky and has participated in the making of many other movies working with actors like Join Voight in The Champ, Robert Deniro in Raging Bull, Saturday Night Fever and Snake Eyes.
It was truly an honor to meet such a legendary, passionate, enthusiastic human being. Jimmy is an amazing person. He absolutely loves the sport of boxing. I mean he lives and breathes it. The whole time he was here he walked around talking with different boxers, giving them advice and words of wisdom to help inspire them. He even spent about an hour talking to me after all the fighters were gone. He gave me about a hundred life lessons and advice in that hour and I was amped just from talking to the guy! A true inspiration and selfless human being who really just enjoys helping people!
As for what he had to say about the World Crown Sports Training Team…. He said “in what some people consider a dying sport, the sport of boxing needs a place like World Crown Sports. It’s good to see people like this with integrity still in the sport and helping boxers reach their maximum potential”. WOW, truly honored to have Jimmy speak so highly of us!
As if that wasn’t a lot to absorb in one day…it’s about 4:30pm and it’s time for the kids to start rolling in for the after school training session. It’s truly amazing to watch these kids come in here day after day to not only work on their boxing skills, but to learn more about life and discipline. It keeps them off the streets and gives them a chance at life when some of them were not raised with a fair opportunity at life! We’ll get more in to the kids program next time though…
Till next time…”Be a champion in all you do.”