Douglin is ready to prove to any doubters that he is still a future world champion (Photo courtesy of Team Douglin).
Da Momma’s Boy to Battle on Williams-Lara Undercard at Boardwalk Hall
After a questionable stoppage at the hands of veteran fighter Doel Carrasquillo (15-18-1, 13 KOs) in February, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (12-1, 8 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return to the ring on Saturday night. Fighting on the undercard of Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara in Atlantic City, Douglin will find Philip McCants (9-2-1, 3 KOs) as the man standing between him and his 13th professional win.
“It’s a great feeling,” Douglin said of returning to action. “After my last fight, I wanted to train and get right back in the ring. I didn’t want to take any time off because I felt like I didn’t train as hard as I should’ve been for my last fight. I overlooked my opponent, and I learned from that fight. I’m ready to show everyone what I learned. I’m ready to show everyone that I’m still a future world champion. I’m ready to do it.”
In the bout with Carrasquillo, which was on the undercard of a Friday Night Fights show in Maryland, Douglin dominated the opening two frames and forced his Puerto Rican counterpart to a knee in the first round. In the opening minute of the third frame, Carrasquillo caught Douglin with a hard shot, and Da Momma’s Boy quickly looked to regain his composure. He began to move around the ring in an effort to get his legs back under him, but the official in charge stepped in before he was able to do that. While many feel the stoppage was premature, Douglin says he looks at the whole thing as a learning experience that will only make him a better fighter.
“It showed me that preparation is everything,” he stated. “You can’t just get by on talent alone. I feel that I’m way more talented than my last opponent, and he even knows that I’m more talented than him. But I wasn’t prepared, and that’s the only thing that matters. You have to be prepared for everything, and I feel like that fight helped me out. I’ve matured since that last fight, and I’m definitely prepared and ready for whatever Philip McCants has.”
Being a rising junior middleweight who likes to stay active, Douglin admits that a four-month layoff has been very difficult for him.
“Waiting this long was painful,” he remarked. “Sitting at home waiting – watching Friday Night Fights, watching some of my peers fight, going out to fights – it was hard. The whole time was hard, but it made me hungrier. Anytime I’d sit at home on a Friday and watch the fights, it made me work out that much harder. When I finally got the date, I was ecstatic, and I gave everything to this training camp. Now we’re going to show the world that we’re ready.”
With advisor Al Haymon in his corner, who also works with Paul Williams, Douglin now looks to take advantage of having the bright lights of Boardwalk Hall upon him on Saturday night.
“It’s definitely a blessing to be able to come right back and fight at such a major venue, and I thank my manager and coach for getting me back to this level as far as where I’m fighting,” he commented. “At the end of the day, I just wanted to get back in the ring. It didn’t matter to me whether I fought here or if it was in the basement somewhere. I was just ready to get back in the ring and prove to whoever was there - even if it was five people - I’d prove to those five people that Da Momma’s Boy isn’t going anywhere. Like I said, I’m so blessed to be able to fight on the Paul Williams undercard and at this type of level.”
After Douglin and the rest of a loaded undercard get their fights put into the books, the final two bouts of the evening will air live on HBO. In addition to the Williams-Lara pairing, a WBA Junior Featherweight Title Fight between champion Akifumi Shimoda and Rico Ramos will be showcased, beginning live at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday night.