Douglin secured the split decision win over Martinez (Photo courtesy of Knockout Publicity).
Da Momma’s Boy Hands Steven Martinez First Loss
Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) knew he was walking into the biggest fight of his professional life when he signed a deal to scrap with the undefeated Steven Martinez on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights 2012 opener, and “Da Momma’s Boy” took complete advantage of the opportunity in front of him. After eight rounds of a very entertaining battle in the Florida Keys, Douglin used a disciplined approach to make Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs) a formerly unbeaten fighter, emerging victorious via split decision.
Coming into this fight, which pitted two former National Golden Gloves Champions against one another, both junior middleweights let it be known that they had put in the best training camp of their professional careers. With the makeup of a future world title fight being evident, all followers of the boxing game knew they were in for a treat.
And they would not walk away disappointed.
Douglin immediately looked to establish his jab in the opening round of this encounter, landing crisp uppercuts when the duo clinched in the center of the ring. The New Jersey native also used crafty head movement to make himself more elusive, switching his feet after bouncing in and out of confrontation. Something that have never been previously tested in the career of Martinez was his chin, and the Bronx native proved that he owned a tough one after being on the receiving end of some hard punches off the southpaw Douglin throughout the bout.
Each frame of this fight was hotly contested, but the speed and anticipation of Douglin rewarded him with solid strikes to the head and body of his opposition. Martinez also found his mark during the competition, but Douglin quickly dipped under his advances and bounced out before any damage could be done. Each and every round played out with a high level of entertainment, and both fighters came forward and brought a top notch game to the ring for eight frames.
No single exchange stood as a momentous turning point in this scrap. Instead, the entire bout provided confirmation that both of these boxers have a very fruitful career in front of them, and the judges would be needed after the final bell signaled the end of the eighth frame.
The first score was 77-75 in favor of Douglin, and boxing fans held their breath after the second tally leveled the decision when a 77-75 card to Martinez was revealed. The third judge made the bout official, deciding that Douglin was the winner by split decision, 77-75.
With the victory, Douglin punched his ticket to the next phase of his career, taking a huge step towards making his lifelong dream of a world title a reality. No longer does he walk into anything, however. After this huge win in front of a national audience, he is on the quick path to the upper echelon of the sport. And that is not something you stumble or walk into. You earn it, and that is exactly what he did tonight.