Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin Can Fight!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 13, 2011) Photo © Matt Yanosky
There are several rising stars that came out of the amateurs after the 2008 Olympics and Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin is one of them. Posting an 85-9 record in the amateurs Douglin won numerous titles such as National Junior Olympics, Diamond Gloves, Ringside Tournament, PAL and the National Golden Gloves in 2008.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1988, this 22 year-old southpaw now lives in Marlboro, NJ. His mother Saphya is both trainer and manager. He’s trained in Gleason’s and now “New Breed Boxing & Fitness”. He turned professional in February of 2009 and scored 3 knockouts in winning his first 4 fights in as many months. He recently singed an exclusive contract with advisor Al Haymon.

“My toughest fight was against Lamar Harris, 6-1-1, in Newark,” said Douglin. This writer was there and Harris an extremely muscular fighter came out for an early knockout and had Douglin on the canvas. Only his unusual defensive style staved off any further problems. He went back to his corner and his trainer pointed out the problem. He came back and won the next 3 rounds on all the scorecards posting a 38-37 win.

Half of Douglin’s fights have been in New York, where he was born. In his next fight after Harris he shut out Rondu Campbell, 2-2-2, in Yonkers, NY, which was his sixth and final 4 rounder. He was back at the Prudential Center in Newark in his first 6 rounder shutting out Eddie Hunter, 2-2-1, on 2 of the 3 cards of the judges with the other being generous with a 59-55 score.

With the rounds increasing from 4 to 6 the last 4 bouts have all ended in knockouts. In 3 fights leading up to his most recent he took on veterans like Chad Greenleaf, 12-14-1, at BB King Blue’s Club in NY, Joshua Onyango, 15-18-1, in Madison Square Garden and Marteze Logan, 26-43-2, in MS, with no fight lasting 5 rounds. “Logan could really take good shots,” said Douglin. These are the kind of fights that help a young boxer learn with boxers having 3-4 times as many fights and build confidence.

In his sixth and final fight of 2010 Douglin traveled to Monroeville, PA, outside of Pittsburgh, and stopped Matt Berkshire, 11-2-2, in 1:53 of the first round. In his first 7 fights he fought at middleweight and has come down for the last 5 at junior middleweight. He has signed with DiBella Entertainment out of New York who happens to promote the former junior middleweight and now WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

With 12 fights in 22 months Douglin could be looking to step up to 8 rounds but with only 1 out of 6 of his 6 rounder’s going the distance he could still have a couple more at 6. With half of his fights in New York and the other half in 4 different states including 3 in his resident state of New Jersey Douglin has been handled well. On top of that with close to 100 amateur bouts “Da Momma’s Boy” is ready to make a name for his-self in 2011!

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