Delaware is known for being the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the second smallest state in the union, but it’s not exactly known as a hotbed for world-class athletes. Omar Douglas is on a mission to change that.
Edner Cherry trained in Florida with world champion Keith Thurman as he prepared for his fight against Lydell Rhodes, and the experience seems to have been beneficial for both stablemates.
There are many ways to put together a thrilling boxing match. One that’s often overlooked: Match two talented fighters who are desperate to rebound from stinging defeats—and desperate to avoid losing back-to-back fights for the first time in their careers.
Omar Douglas entered Tuesday night’s 130-pound bout with southpaw Frank De Alba having vanquished three lefties, all by knockout. So it’s easy to understand why the 24-year-old Douglas walked into the ring supremely confident that he could take out De Alba well ahead of the final bell of their 10-round contest.
Omar Douglas was ringside in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, when Frank De Alba won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jesse Carradine in October 2014. Having similarly dispatched Carradine six months earlier, “Super O” favored himself in a direct comparison.
Omar Douglas is a slight East Coast-based boxer with a crazy long reach, a heavy punch and an undefeated record 15 fights into his career. This is where the similarities to Marvin Hagler end, but not Douglas’ admiration for one of the legends of the sport.
If a boxer desires to graduate from prospect to legit contender, there comes a time when he must begin testing himself against like-minded competition. For Omar Douglas, that time appears to be now.