Denis and his mother, Saphya, snap a photo after the first round victory.
Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin Stops Orphius Waite in First Round
Much like the last time he stepped into the ring at BB Kings for DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (11-0, 7 KOs) never allowed his opponent to hear the bell for the second round on Wednesday night. The official time of the stoppage was 2:10 of the first frame, with Douglin scoring a TKO victory over Chicago’s Orphius Waite (5-2-1, 3 KOs).
“I felt great,” Douglin said of his performance. “We went out there, we had a game plan – attack early, go to the body and try to get him out. I’m supposed to be fighting next week, so we didn’t want to get any cuts or bruises. We just went out there and handled business.”
With his sparring partner and UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar sitting ringside, Douglin put on a display during the two minutes of action he offered up before the referee called for a stoppage. His punches came off crisp, and his combinations seemingly had no end once he began delivering them. Douglin managed to rattle Waite fairly early in the opening frame, and he capitalized on that before his opposition had a spare second to seek some recovery. The New Jersey native repeatedly put Waite onto the ropes and stayed on the attack by firing off continuous strikes. The referee eventually had to come in and wave off the bout when a stunned Waite was no longer able to defend himself.
“I’m a little junior middleweight, and I know that I’m not the hardest hitting or the fastest, so we work on volume punching,” Douglin remarked about his furious use of combinations. “I try to punch, punch, punch, punch, punch because if I can keep working him, then I’m going to beat him. I’m going to win. So that’s what we work on a lot.”
While he was already amid intense training for an upcoming fight in Oklahoma next Friday, Douglin accepted this fight with less than a week’s notice. Despite the quick turnaround, he never allowed that to be an excuse.
“The short notice doesn’t mean anything to me,” he stated. “We’re always in the gym. If I get a date and the date falls through, we don’t go on breaks. Once I’m working out, I’m working out, so I’m constantly training. They can call me tomorrow and tell me I have a fight the next day after that. I’m ready, I’m in shape, and I’m ready to go.”
Some of the logistics are still being figured out for Douglin’s planned bout next Friday, but he does not anticipate any hold-ups preventing it from happening. When asked how it felt to be 11-0, the forward thinking tactician made no hesitation in his response.
“It feels good, but it’s going to feel even better next week when I’m 12-0,” he replied.
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