I recently had the pleasure of speaking with undefeated middleweight prospect, Denis Douglin. The most unusual thing about the 2008 National Golden Gloves champion is the fact that he is trained by his mother, thus earning him the nickname, “Mama’s Boy”. However, at 11-0 with 7 KOs, this is one mama’s boy that you don’t want to mess with. Denis is an intelligent, pleasant and enthusiastic young man with an exciting fight style. Amazingly, he manages to find time to train and box, while working and attending college.
LS: How are you doing?
DD: I’m doing good.
LS: I know you have 2 possible fights coming up.
DD: Yes sir!
LS: You have one tentatively scheduled for December 3rd, and another for December 17th. Is it possible that you may end up fighting on both nights?
DD: Yes sir. That’s what the plan is. Hopefully, that can get done.
LS: You’re really staying busy. I wish some of the top pros would stay a little busier, you know?
DD: (Laughs) Yes, definitely.
LS: Do you have any idea at this point who your opponents may be?
DD: I actually have no idea right now, but we’re in the process right now of getting opponents. I’m not really worried about it. I’m ready for whoever it is, so I’ll just keep working.
LS: How did you get into boxing, and how did you end up with your mother as your trainer?
DD: Well, she was the person who actually got me into boxing. What happened was; when I was younger I got into a street fight. I didn’t do so well, and she wanted me to start boxing just as a form of self-defense. She was already boxing in the gym. My family grew up in the gym. I have uncles that box, cousins that box… So she was kind of a tomboy. She brought me in to show me how to fight, and it pretty much grew from there. I started training with my uncle at first, but she actually started showing me different things. I wasn’t comfortable with her training me at first because she was a female, but I started realizing that I was learning more from her than anyone else, and I wanted her to be my trainer.
LS: There are some really skilled women boxers, and a lot of times they’ll stick to the real, technical boxing better than the men do.
DD: Yes, I agree.
LS: At what age did you get started in boxing?
DD: She brought me in the gym when I was 8, but I didn’t start really training until I was 10, and I didn’t compete until I was 12.
LS: So you’ve been at it for a long time, then.
DD: Yes, I’ve been in the gym for a while.
LS: I know that you were a National Golden Gloves champion. What was your record as an amateur?
DD: I’m not absolutely sure, but I think I had ninety-something wins, and 9 losses.
LS: You’ve got a great start as a pro. You have 11 wins, no losses and 7 knockouts. It sounds like things are going well. What was it like making the transition from amateur boxing to professional boxing?
DD: To me, it wasn’t that much of a transition besides the fact that we had no headgear. We went into the pro ranks the same way as we went into the amateurs, which was training hard and outworking my opponents – outsmarting my opponents. It’s pretty much the same concept. A lot of people switch from an amateur style to a pro style by throwing less punches, picking their shots, which I agree with to an extent, but I think that my style, which is putting the pressure on and throwing punches in bunches, is what professional boxing is missing right now. I think we’re losing so much attention because everyone wants to throw 3 or 4 punches a round. I’m trying to throw 80, 90, close to 100 punches a round because I don’t think anybody’s going to be able to keep up with it.
LS: Well, that works well for Manny Pacquiao.
DD: Exactly. Manny Pacquiao, Paul Williams, Juan Manuel Lopez are all great fighters who work in punches in bunches. They throw lots of punches, and it’s been effective for them.
LS: So you’re keeping the busy aspect of your amateur style.
DD: The only adjustments I’ve made is sitting down more on my punches, and going to the body a little bit more because I’m going longer rounds, and more rounds now. I wanna start putting body shots in to get the opponent tired, and stuff like that. But other than that, we’re keeping the same punches in bunches theory going.
LS: What are your greatest strengths as a boxer?
DD: Well, I think my conditioning and punches are great assets. And I think my ability to adjust is one of my biggest strengths because I can get into the ring with anybody, and after a round, I can pretty much see what side they favor – which punches they favor, and I’m able to make adjustments and adapt well in the ring. So I would say that my mental ability in the ring is my greatest asset.
LS: You’re going to college to be a Math teacher, right?
DD: Yes sir!
LS: You must be a busy man. Do you have a hard time juggling your time schedule with all you have going on?
DD: (Chuckles) Yeah, I definitely do because I also work in the gym. So working, going to school and training, and stuff like that, is definitely a lot, but I just gotta try to get it done.
LS: Tell me a little bit about the boxers who have inspired you in your career.
DD: Well, my favorite boxer of all time is Pernell Whitaker. He was a small southpaw. He didn’t hit so hard, but he was slick, he picked his punches very well, his defense was amazing, and I kind of try to copy a little bit after him. We just add a little more punching, a little more power, and stuff like that. I also like Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. I’m just a fan of the sport in general.
LS: Okay, Denis. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me. What would you like to say to your fans?
DD: Just look out for me. I’m Denis “The Mama’s Boy” Douglin. I’m trying to bring a new aspect of boxing. I mean, everybody is seeing the style of fighters that are pretty, and pick their shots and everything like that. I’m trying to bring an exciting, non-stop, action-packed style to the sport, with still the skill of a defense, while still fighting smart and still giving you some type of style. I’m just trying to bring in a different style to the game. Just look out for me.
LS: Thank you for talking to me.
DD: No problem, no problem.
LS: Have a great night.
DD: You too.