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July 11, 2013

By Doveed Linder

In this interview, junior lightweight Mark ďToo SharpĒ Davis (17-0, 5 KOs) discusses his unanimous decision victory last Friday over Robert Osiobe (14-5-4, 6 KOs), which was televised on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, as well his intent to take over the 130 pound division.

Doveed Linder: Of everything you could have done in life, why did you choose the path of a professional boxer?

Mark Davis: My father got me involved in it when I was about ten. I was a great amateur. I kept thinking about it and I turned pro when I was twenty-one. Ever since then, Iíve wanted to be champion of the world.

DL: Youíre now 17-0. Give me a synopsis of your career thus far. What stands out in your mind about your experiences as a professional?

MD: Every fight Iím learning different stuff. This last fight, I experienced different things. I got cut and I got head butted. Every fight is a learning experience. Iím going back to the gym and practicing stuff I need to work on and getting better at it.

DL: What did you take from your last fight thatís going to help you in the future?

MD: I didnít really feel the cut when I was in there. We just clashed heads. That was my first time feeling the end swell. My corner had to mess with the cut. Next time, Iíll just watch out more for a head butt. They said this guy was known for using his head and next time Iíll be more cautious of that. I had an eighteen month layoff and to me, it didnít feel like an eighteen month layoff. I went eight rounds and I never got tired. I could have worked a little more, but I was just walking the guy down. I probably need two more fights to shed the ring rust. The people watching me on TV probably didnít see the ring rust, but I felt it.

DL: Tell me a little about your current situation. Whoís your team and where you plan to go from here.

MD: My Promoter is SMS Promotions. When nobody else believed in me, 50 Cent gave me a shot and he got me on TV after being out for eighteen months. My father Mark Davis, Sr. and Fred Neal are my trainers. Tim VanNewhouse is my manager and heís the best manager in the game. A lot of people talk about Al Haymon and all them other dudes. Talk about Tim VanNewhouse. I train at Strong Style Boxing Club in Cleveland, Ohio. When Iím in Vegas, I train at 50 Centís gym. Weíre fighting again this month on the 24th of July. We stay in the gym and grind. Weíre in the gym three times a day. For anybody at 130 pounds, weíre coming. Weíre taking over 130 pounds. This fight was at 135 pounds, but only because of the layoff. Weíre gonna take it down to 130. Thatís my division. Nobody can beat us at 130 pounds. I can box, I can sit in the pocketÖ I can do all that. In my last fight, I walked the dude down the whole fight. I could have boxed circles around him all night, but I decided to take the fight to him, because it was my fist fight back. I wasnít gonna let it be close. Let me ask you something Ė whoís the best 130 pounder right now?

DL: Itís an open division.

MD: And Iím gonna take it over. Iím the person to do that. Iím gonna have a title soon. By the end of this year, Iím gonna be the man in the 130 pound division.

DL: Anything in closing?

MD: I want all my fans to follow me on marktoosharpdavis on Instagram. My Twitter is marktoosharp87. Iím the best 130 pounder and I want the world to know it.

Photo courtesy of Emily Harney

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