Headed into his last bout, Denis Douglin conjured up a bit of buzz by making a promise to himself and the world.
If I lose to Vaugh Alexander, I will retire.
“Da Mama’s Boy,” so nicknamed because his mother Saphya trains him, didn’t lose, and thus, is fighting on.
Douglin will again set the standard for himself, promising to leave the game if he loses on Nov. 3 at the Aviator, on a card topped by a Sullivan Barrera v Sean Monaghan light heavyweight main event.
He has some more things going on, besides training for the tango, against TBA. Douglin also has signed on with Main Events, and is no longer in the Al Haymon stable.
“Yeah, I think he just had too many of us,” Douglin (21-6 super middleweight; age 30) told me. “Nothing but respect for them though, and the opportunities they gave me. It was just time to move on! I’m going to be a lot more active!”
You will be able to watch Douglin do his thing, and other bouts, on a Facebook stream. Main Events works in conjunction with Golden Boy on this series.
So, Douglin wanted to be more active, and that loaded Haymon roster made that hard for guys looking to be less in the Gary Russell activity mode.
As for the retirement promise, he explained more on his reasoning there. “The promise didn’t motivate me at all. I made the promise because I was already motivated and have full confidence I won’t lose against… now I’m just having fun with it! Every fight from now on is win or retire. I’m not allowing myself to lose anymore. Last fight went great, although I wanted to knock him out. I was mad I wasn’t more aggressive but I was still shaking off ring rust; a fight once a year isn’t enough.”