Douglin has excelled thus far in his career (Photo courtesy of Knockout Publicity).
Undefeated Junior Middleweight Returns to Action this Friday
Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (12-0, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday evening, chasing his 13th professional victory when he meets Doel Carrasquillo (14-17-1, 12 KOs) in Salisbury, Maryland. As a feature on the undercard for ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, this bout marks the first outing for Douglin since the undefeated junior middleweight signed an advisory deal with Al Haymon.
“Everything’s been going great,” Douglin said of his training for the bout. “It’s been a nice six-week camp for this fight, and I’ve been feeling great. I’m just trying to finish making weight now, and I’m ready.”
While signing with Al Haymon has definitely provided a spark to the career of Douglin, the southpaw says that his intensity inside the ring was already at a superior level before he ever inked with the highly regarded advisor.
“No new energy, just the same dedicated and focused energy,” he confirmed. “I’m always ready. I never sleep on anybody, so I make sure to go into every fight with that same attitude. Signing with Al Haymon is great, but I still have business to handle in the ring. We’re looking to take it to the next level.”
On the other side of Douglin this Friday will be a veteran in Carrasquillo, who is known as a tough fighter who tries to push the action. Douglin, who is trained by his mother, Saphya, says he is familiar with his opponent and does not underestimate him. At the same time, he is determined to stop the bout early.
“I’ve seen him fight before,” he remarked. “He’s a real tough, rugged guy. I don’t think he’s really that great skill-wise, but I know he hits really hard, and I know he’s durable. During his last fight, I thought he fought a great guy (Alex Perez, last December in New York City). He went all eight rounds with him, and he even dropped him. He’s a tough dude, so I’m training for eight rounds. But I’m also trying to beat him up and get him out of there.”
A scrapper like Carrasquillo is someone who looks to draw his opponent into a free swinging battle, and Douglin is focused upon sticking to his own strategy for this encounter.
“He’s going into the ring like he has nothing to lose,” Douglin stated. “He’s going to go in there throwing some crazy punches and try to knock me out. That’s his game plan, so I can’t go in there looking to exchange with him or looking to exchange bombs with him. I’m going in there boxing intelligently, using combinations and good head movement, getting in and out. I’m not trying to start a war. I’m looking to just beat him up and not get hit.”
Maryland lists as the sixth state that Douglin has visited for a professional bout, and the 22-year-old fighter is happy to see his imprint being left over a number of state borders.
“It’s a great feeling to go into a bunch of different states and meet a bunch of different people, setting a mark and becoming a household name in various places,” he commented. “Of course, New York/New Jersey, that’s my home, so I definitely love fighting out here, but I also love the exposure out-of-state. I just can’t wait until the point where I’m on national TV, and I’m in everybody’s house.”
Fighting on the undercard of a Friday Night Fights event literally has Douglin on the cusp of that national television audience, which is something that only increases his excitement about where his career is headed.
“I’m definitely overexcited. I like to see that I’m putting in the hard work and seeing results come out of it,” he said. “We’re just going to keep grinding and continue to work even harder. I’m at the edge – I see the TV time, I see the belts, I see the fame – but I’m in this for a world title. I’m going to keep training because that’s the goal. The TV time, that’s great, but I’m in this for a world title.”
Without question, a 13th career win is a huge accomplishment for a professional fighter, and Douglin is anxious to hang that number on his resume.
“I’m definitely excited to get number 13 in the books,” he remarked. “I’m trying to get another knockout in the books, keep my streak going and just keep making a name for myself and let everybody know Da Momma’s Boy is real. So I’m definitely overjoyed by the fact that it’s my 13th fight, and I’m getting out of my pre-teen state.”
As the flourishing career of this premiere boxing prospect heads off to the middle school phase in terms of wins, there is no doubt that Douglin is fighting at a highly advanced degree that has the gold of graduation on the horizon. And when he gets there, you already know he will be sitting at the head of the class.