Douglin improved his perfect record to 9-0 on Saturday night (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
Ref Calls Stoppage of Fight with Joshua Onyango at 1:10 of Second Round
New York (Saturday, May 15, 2010) – Tonight’s loaded undercard on the Paulie Malignaggi – Amir Khan bill at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden got started with a short glimpse at one of the best new fighters in the junior middleweight division, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (9-0, 5 KOs). For those fight fans who still hadn’t taken notice, he gave them roughly four minutes of sampling before scoring a second round TKO of Joshua Onyango (13-19-1, 11 KOs).
“I was a little nervous going first and everything like that, but I felt great with that second round knockout, and then I was just chilling,” Douglin told us after the fight.
While it may have been the first fight of the night, Douglin had an entourage show up early to see him in action.
“It feels great, and I want it to keep growing,” he said of the support. “I want everybody to know me, Denis ‘Da Momma’s Boy’ Douglin. I’m the next big thing in the junior middleweight division. I’m going for the world title, so I appreciate all the love and support that I’m getting right now, and I just hope that it keeps growing and everybody keeps coming out to see me.”
Those who came out in support of Douglin tonight did not leave disappointed. With his mother/trainer, Saphya, working his corner (hence the name “Da Momma’s Boy”), Douglin came into the evening with a mission of keeping his perfect record intact. Much like his last bout, a first round knockout of Chad Greenleaf (12-15) in March, it would be a short night for the young boxer out of Morganville, New Jersey.
Douglin came out very busy in the opening round of this fight, and Onyango first looked to exchange punches in the early-going. Douglin was up for his advances, blocking each attempt from Onyango and retaliating with some slick combinations. The southpaw maintained an aggressive demeanor throughout the first round and gave Onyango more than a few tastes of his powerful left hook.
After an entertaining first round came to a close, Douglin returned to his corner, where his mother must have told him to launch an attack on his opponent.
Douglin quickly made his corner proud in the ensuing round, scoring a knockdown just 30 seconds into the frame. Onyango would get up from that first fall, but it would not be for long. After the Trenton native returned to his feet, Douglin dropped him for a second time following a strong right cross. At this point, referee Sparkle Lee had seen enough and waved her (ironic, huh?) hands to stop the fight. The official time of the TKO was at 1:10 of round number two.
Douglin has been quickly moving up the rankings in his weight class, and he tells us that his looks to return to the ring in June or July. For the latest information on Douglin, follow him on Twitter @DaMommasBoy.
CLICK HERE for our previous feature on Denis Douglin entitled "All Eyes on Him."