His is not a name known to the casual boxing fan. Let's face it, no offense, but the name, Mark Davis, is rather vanilla.
The record, while sterling, at 17-0, also doesn't jump out at you, with just 5 KOs on his ledger. But Davis, a Cleveland, OH resident who headlines on Monday, Sept. 16 at Resorts World Casino in Queens, tells NYFightblog that people will soon be waking up to his true worth. They'll see what it is that had rapper/entrpeneur/boxing promoter 50 Cent signing him into the SMS stable.
"I'm gonna come put on a show," the 26-year-old hitter told me. "I know Mayweather fights Saturday, but it's New York, the fans will be out there." The show, co-promoted by 50 Cent along with partner Lou DiBella, features Davis meeting 10-10 Carlos Vinan, a 33-year-old Ecuadorian-born N.J. resident, who is 0-2-1 in his last three.
Davis told me that his power will be evident on fight night, and wasn't in evidence earlier in his career because he was fighting at a higher weight -- as high as 140 pounds -- than is optimal for him. With no promoter, Davis said he was carrying an excessive load, having to pay for his own fights. He'll now fight with the stability that comes with someone showing their faith in you, as 50 Cent's commitment to him has done.
People who follow the amateur scene are more likely to be aware of Davis. He went 260-12, he says, and won gold at the 2006 US championships. Now, he's looking to accelerate his progress and aim at professional top dogs. "Mikey Garcia (WBO feather champ), or Argenis Mendez (IBF junior lightweight champ), I want them," Davis told me. "Garcia is a baby, he won't touch me. I'm not respectful of his skills. Mendez has some skills. But nobody beats me at 130 pounds. I want one of those big names real soon. Look out for Mark Davis."