|PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - April 22, 2015
Rising Delaware prospects Omar Douglas, 13-0, 10 KOs, and Kyrone Davis, 6-0, 4 KOs, are both scheduled to put their undefeated records on the line Saturday night at Harrah's Casino & Racetrack in Chester, PA. Both young stars fight under the Al Haymon banner and are nearing a breakthrough in their respective divisions.
Both fighters held a joint open media workout last week at Wilmington's William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center to help promote the upcoming show on April 25th.
"Super O" Douglas, 24, campaigns as a junior lightweight and has been a pro for four years. He is trained by his father, Omar Douglas, Sr. In his last outing, Omar Jr. shocked Atlantic City veteran Osnel Charles, scoring his 10th career knockout after just two minutes and twenty-one seconds of action.
"I know what I'm capable of," Douglas said of his surprising KO. "I know the work I put in. So nothing seems to amaze me."
Normally a rather sturdy customer, Charles went out with the first burst of power from Douglas, who registered his most impressive victory to date. Omar will look to keep his momentum rolling forward on Saturday night.
No opponent for Douglas has been named yet for Saturday, but the promoters of the show, XFE & Kings Promotions, are scrambling to find him a foe. Douglas is slated to fight an 8-rounder.
"It's just part of the game," Douglas said of his lack of opponent at such a late date. "In the amateurs, sometimes you didn't have a clue who you were fighting. It's just part of the game. I just prepare to be the best Omar "Super O" Douglas that I can be."
20 year old super middleweight Kyrone "Shut it Down" Davis is trained by Stephen "Breadman" Edwards, who also steers rising Philly star Julian Williams. Like Williams, Kyrone Davis was an outstanding amateur and closed the first stage of his boxing life with a pair of national championships in 2013. Davis won both the National PAL Tournament and the Adidas National Tournament before turning pro in February of 2014.
In his rookie year as a professional Davis went 5-0 with 3 KOs, and was one of three nominees for the "2014 Rookie of the Year" Briscoe medal. The results for that award have not yet been finalized.
On Saturday, Davis faces Carlos Garcia, a journeyman from Puerto Rico with a record of 7-13-1, 7 KOs. Garcia has fought other highly regarded risers like Glen Tapia, and the Charlo brothers - Jermell and Jermall. So he should pose a decent test for the talented Davis.
"This is a development fight," Davis said of his next start. "I know these aren't world beaters that I'm in there with. These are guys who are supposed to give me a good challenge so I can get in there and improve. Right now, I'm at the point were I'm just sharpening up my skills and I'll be ready to get in there with anybody."
Although Saturday's show is not part of his manager's "Premiere Boxing Champions" series, which has brought big-time boxing back to national broadcast television often during primetime, Davis felt positive that PBC is good for the sport and for his own future.
"That stuff is great for boxing," Davis said. "Any time you can broaden the viewership, that's amazing. The more people that see me, the more fans I make, the more money I make, the better for my legacy becomes and I can extend my brand, make things happen and accomplish my dreams. He (Haymon) is putting everything in place and giving us opportunities that maybe we wouldn't have before."
It might not be long before both Omar Douglas and Kyrone Davis get the call to appear on one of the PBC shows.
In addition to the
Douglas and Davis, eight more bouts are scheduled for the
Harrah's ring on Saturday: