Australian puncher Mark de Mori is willing to use any means necessary to come out on top when the WBA-ranked heavyweight meets former world champion David Haye head on in the New Year.
The 33 year-old has landed the biggest fight of his career on January 16 at London’s O2 Arena and aims to see if Haye has fully recovered from shoulder surgery which contributed to the two-weight world title holder being out of action for over three years.
De Mori was plucked from obscurity by Haye for his comeback clash, although ‘The Dominator’ intends to take full advantage of his position as the underdog and won’t shy away from testing the recuperation of the Briton’s old wound.
“Haye’s got six pins in his shoulder, a reconstruction I heard and that’s just to fix it,” De Mori exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’ve questioned will he throw his right hand with any confidence? – I don’t know. But if I can hit him with my left hook on that shoulder and try to rattle those pins I will.
“I’m not going to try and win this on a moral and ethics competition. I’ll do anything I have to do to win this fight and if that means targeting his shoulder then so be it.
“He’s now got to worry about getting hit on the head, the body and the shoulder, and saying that, what happens if he throws a big right hand in the first and I block him – then something gives in his shoulder?
“We’ll find out a lot about how good David Haye still is, but now that he’s a celebrity and a millionaire, does he really want it?”
Haye, 35, has big plans to regain the world heavyweight title four and a half years on from being dethroned by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg and will be able to give a definitive answer on his current state once the first belt goes against de Mori.