|Mark “TNT” Tucker Announcement - Boxing News
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (April 22, 2010)
New York , NY April 22, 2010 DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) made another significant addition to its stable, signing unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker. Tucker, 22, fighting out of Eldersburg , Maryland has hit the ground running in his two year pro career, amassing a 13-0 record with 7 KOs .
Tucker had an impressive 2009, stepping in with and defeating numerous respected veterans the likes of former world title challengers Rubin “Hollywood” Williams and Ross “The Boss” Thompson. With DBE in his corner, Tucker has big plans for his career in 2010.
“I want to stay undefeated, get a bigger fan base, and appear on television more,” said Tucker, who has already made a habit of regularly selling out venues in Maryland . “I believe DBE can get me there.”
Tucker, who legally has “TNT” in his name, had a successful amateur run, compiling a 140-22 record under the watchful eye of his father/trainer Mark “Spirit Bear” Tucker, Sr.
Despite guiding his son to where he is now, the elder Mark, who remains on board as manager and head trainer, is comfortable handing the promotional reigns of his son’s career over to DBE.
“I’ve done all I can do for him,” said Tucker, Sr. “We’ve built him up with a fan base locally. Now it’s time for him to get national exposure and national TV fights and we believe Lou DiBella is the right man for the job.”
The DBE stable of unbeaten prospects is an impressive one, including heavyweight Tor Hamer, light heavyweight Isiah Thomas, super middleweights Marcus Johnson and Edwin Rodriguez, middleweights Aleem Whitfield and Willie Monroe, Jr., and super featherweight Luis Del Valle. Tucker adds another exciting young prospect to that list.
“Mark is only 22 years old; the sky is the limit in terms of what he can accomplish in a boxing ring,” said DiBella. “Mark, Jr. and his father have already gone through so much that a little adversity in the boxing ring won’t faze him at all. They have a remarkable story and I believe it will help guide them to a successful boxing career.”
The story DiBella alludes to involves “TNT” and “Spirit Bear” learning to survive living in the woods after their house burned down when the junior Mark was just a baby.
Three years back, Tucker’s career was almost permanently put on hold when he suffered third degree burns on his left arm, up to his left hand. A minor medical miracle, Mark was cleared to fight just four months later in a national amateur tournament and his since regained full strength in that left hand.
All adversity behind them the Tuckers are ready to move forward.
“I see myself becoming a world champion, and staying undefeated for a long time,” said “TNT,” “I wouldn’t mind being pound for pound one day.”
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