I'm Lamar Davis and I'm a boxer/puncher... that's my style.
I've been in the game for about 10 years now. I used to fight a lot in the streets when I was coming up. I got into boxing because I wanted to improve my fighting skills. I was trying to lose weight to get into the army. The great Jimmy Williams http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Jimmy_Williams told me "You can make way more money in boxing than the army." So I stuck with the boxing.
So he discovered you?
I can say he kinda lead me in the direction to my first coach, Tommy Ellis. So when Jimmy introduced us, we just bound together and formed a team.
How has Legends Boxing Club differ from any of the other gyms you've trained at?
We'll I could say it's the hottest gym (laughs). It's a sweat box! Legends has a family vibe. Everybody is trying to work together and work to that one goal, to be a champion. The morality of the gym is very high. Dealing with Francisco he was a world champion and that's great motivation because he's been there. I want to get there myself. I found a home here.
Are you comfortable as a heavyweight? Would you consider being a cruiserweight?
I think I'm too heavy to go to cruiserweight, but heavyweight is where I'm comfortable at.
Heavyweights are big punchers. What's that feel like?
It don't bother me because I punch back too, you know. I think nobody in the division moves better than I do so the punches don't bother me. It's just a normal day.
What do you do to psych yourself up before a fight?
I pray a lot. God always comes first anytime I fight. Boxing is like second-nature to me.
Why do you like to fight?
I think deep down every man wants to be that gladiator and leave a mark in the world. That's one reason. The main reason is my family because growing up I didn't have a lot like the other kids. I come from a family of eight and both my parents work two full-time jobs. So I would love to provide for them and make sure they don't have to work for the rest of their lives. I'm the oldest so I want to make sure they are taken care of.
It's not just for my family but also help out my community. I would love to have that title as the people's champion. That comes with a lot of responsibilities, not just looking out for yourself but looking out for people around you. Growing up I always was that person who tried to help anybody.
Have you had any amateur fight?
Yes, I'm 8-2... not many amateur fights because most of the guys I was sparring with were pros. So there was really no need for me to fight a lot of amateur fights.
What's your record in the pros?
Right now I'm 5-3. http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=386876&cat=boxer
Lets talk about the fight you have on August 12, 2011
August 12th is going down. With my style I bring a lot of excitement other than throwing a lot of punches. I got finesse and I'm a technical fighter. I'm not saying that I move better than Ali, but I'm damn near there.
What do you do to maintain weight?
I'm a heavyweight so I should be able to get on the scale without trying to make-weight. But being an élite fighter you have to set some kind of standards, so I try to weigh in about 230-240 pounds. As far as diet I just eat more healthier but it's hard when you have that cheeseburger starring in your face (laughs). I'm always in the gym. Boxing is a seasonal sport... it's year round. You always have to stay in shape.
I run everyday and closer to a fight I try to pick it up a bit. I run about four or five miles and on the weekends I double it up. I love running at the beach because it gives me a peace of mind.
Who inspires you?
My favorite boxer is Joe Louis. People say I look like him and I fight like him. Maybe one day people will bless me as the "Tampa's Brown Bomber'. Something that has to do with him because to me he was the last people's champion. He helped his community the best he could. I try to model from Joe Louis.
What are your goals?
Before I leave the world I want to make sure I'm remembered forever even if I gotta go down in history for fighting the best 12 round battle. I just want to be successful. The thing is beating the 9 to 5 is what I'm working on. A lot of people believe in me and I don't want to let them down.
Remember what your coach told you, Lamar..."Keep moving and keep being humble." The title of The People's Champion will sure follow. With Francisco and all of us at Legends Boxing Club you will become that model. Keep Punchin'.... -'mean' mike duffau