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.