Douglin at the press conference Thursday at Staples Center (Photo courtesy of Team Momma's Boy).
Editorial by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
New Jersey Native Meets Unbeaten Jermell Charlo at Staples Center on Saturday
The hard work and preparation is complete, and the time has arrived for New Jersey native Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) to show the West Coast exactly what kind of fighter he is. The junior middleweight prospect, who defeated the previously unbeaten Steven Martinez this past January, will once again face an undefeated opponent on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when he meets Houston’s Jermell Charlo (17-0, 8 KOs) on the Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez card.
“Everything went great,” Douglin said of his camp for Charlo. “I got some great sparring, and I just worked on the basics – keep my hands up and stick to the game plan. I feel like it’s pretty much a done deal for me now.”
Douglin, whose mother Saphya is his trainer, touched down at LAX early this afternoon after leaving the East Coast on an early morning flight, and it was right to business. The final press conference for the show was held today at Staples Center, and the weigh-ins will go down on Friday afternoon.
“It’s good for me,” Douglin stated about having a loaded schedule leading up to Saturday. “The last day is the hardest day because I’m ready to eat. If they keep me as busy as possible, time flies, so whatever we have to do, I love it.”
The cut-throat world of boxing is unquestionably a very strenuous one, both mentally and physically. When actually to the point where the fight day is just within grasp, Douglin says all that is left to do is some final detailing in order to be ready.
“In the last week, I watch a lot of film and try to make what adjustments I need to make, stuff like that,” he remarked. “We just shadow box, hit the pads and work on what we’ve done through the whole camp. Keep refreshing it and focus on weight. That’s pretty much it. The last week for me is weight management and trying to get down to 154. Other than that, I’m just relaxing. All the hard work is already done.”
One major adjustment that has to be made when traveling from the East Coast to California is the three-hour time change, something Douglin and his team have been preparing for as well.
“My camp is really smart,” he commented. “What they’ve been having me do is stay up later. I’ve been going to bed around 3-4:00 in the morning. I wake up and train around 8:00 in the evening, so I’m already acclimated to the time change since we matched my training schedule to it.”
Before switching to Showtime, the main portion of the undercard action for Ortiz-Lopez will air on Showtime Extreme, with Douglin-Charlo serving as the feature bout of that part of the programming. All eyes will be on both fighters when they meet, probably earning the victor a top 10 ranking for multiple sanctioning bodies. With so much on the line, it is only natural for a fighter to take that possibility into consideration when playing the bout over in his head.
“I’m human, so I can’t help but think about how big this fight is and what it can do for our career on either side,” he confirmed. “Whether you win or lose, you think about which direction your career is going. I know this fight is huge, man. He’s an undefeated fighter, I’m on the West Coast in front of a whole new group of people, another televised fight. I’m being seen by a lot of people for the first time, and I know how important a good performance is. We trained really hard, like it was a championship fight. And like I said, the hard work is done, and I’m going to get in there and do me.”
And when the bell does ring on Saturday night, Douglin says fans can expect to be entertained.
“Look for an explosive fight,” he concluded. “Charlo comes out and fights at his own pace. He’s a fast puncher, but he fights at a slow pace and doesn’t throw too many punches a round. I’m looking to push that pace and make it an interesting fight. I’m going to try to get a lot of fireworks out of him. It should be a great fight. I want to thank everybody who has supported me to this point, and thanks to the new people who will support me after this fight. Be on the lookout for Team Momma’s Boy.”