A quick scout of de Mori’s 33-fight record would tell anyone that there is a distinct lack of top opposition on the 33 year-old’s resume, although ‘The Dominator’ has explained that it is through no fault of his own.
“I was with Don King for a long time and when Bermane Stiverne won the WBC title they said they wanted him to defend against me,” De Mori exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Don obviously had both fighters and could have then kept the title, so they sent me to Vegas to watch Stiverne versus Deontay Wilder with talk of me fighting Stiverne if he won. Stiverne then lost every round and that went out the window.
“Wilder’s first defense I was then contacted and was going to be the guy. Everything was looking good and then I wake up and Eric Molina has been announced as the opponent – another Don King fighter.
“I thought it’s pretty frustrating, but I’m not a big star in boxing and I can’t demand anything and I’ve just got to take my chances.
“I then signed with Mike Borao recently, who managed Shannon Briggs, Jameel McCline and has Charles Martin now. He’s working with Warriors Boxing’s Leon Margules and they’ve signed me up. We’ll be working with the PBC, Al Haymon and a lot of his shows and networks, so they have huge opportunities coming up.
“But when it rains it pours and now we’ve got the David Haye call, so finally it’s up happening,” he added.
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