Sykesville native Tucker returns to ring

Punishing punching bags with important shots and bashing speed bags at a dizzying pace, Mark “TNT” Tucker is a blur of movement at the Maryland Boxing Club. Shadow boxing in intervals of three minutes to replicate the pace of a real fight as he works his way around the ring, the unbeatable Eldersburg light heavyweight boxer is preparing for his first boxing match since June of last year. Healthy again after dealing with foot and ankle injuries that caused a previous fight to be cancelled, Tucker is past eager to hit a living, gasp challenger.

He’ll get that opportunity Wednesday night in New York when he squares off with an undetermined challenger at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. The series of fights is being marketed as “Broadway Boxing.”“I’m excited, I’m ready for it,” Tucker said during a short break from preparation. “I’m ready to get back in the ring and get back to fighting.”Tucker (13-0, seven knockouts) is the reigning United States Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion.

This marks his second fight since joining the boxing stable of promoter Lou DiBella. Last year, Tucker overcome Billy Bailey in his fighting debut under the DiBella promotional arm in Oakland, Calif. “Hopefully, we’ll get some TV fights and go after the world title,” Tucker said. “I’m getting pretty good feedback from them. They want to get me into a title removal fight and go on from there. It’s absolutely nice being a champ, but I definitely want a world title. Things are absolutely starting to happen.”This has been a hard time for Tucker, dealing with the frustration of an injury and a long layoff.


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