Editor's Note - Brooklyn, NY (August 1, 2015)- Due to a last minute, non-career threatening medical issue, Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will not be able to compete in Tonight's fight with Omar Douglas at Barclays Center. The bout was scheduled to be streamed on ESPN3.com.
Fans from DE and PA were looking for the faceoff between super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, 14-0 (11), of Wilmington, DE, and southpaw Frank Santos DeAlba, 16-1-2 (6), of Reading, PA, who hasn’t lost since he debut loss, after a shout out following De Alba’s last fight at the Holiday Inn in South Philly. Someone from the Douglas camp yelled out “Douglas is next!” One of the fans of DeAlba took it personally and fired something back.
“This fight has been in the works for about 3 months,” said Douglas. He had his first 12 fights at the Dover Downs Casino in DE before then closed boxing down. His last 2 have been at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, outside of Philly with the last in April. Both have a good following.
Now the fight has been put on a larger scale at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY, this Saturday scheduled for 8 rounds over ESPN. The father of Douglas said “it was going to be in Vegas last Saturday on the Flores card but ended up in NY.” Trainer of Douglas is Dougie Pettiford and unheralded former boxer who said “it could be an 8 or a 10 depending on 3 other bouts on the card. He has sparred with southpaw New Ray Robinson and Jaron Ennis (2015 National GG champ) at Bozy’s (Bozy Ennis) Gym. Also, a couple of boxers at Fred Jenkins ABC Rec Center and 2 rounds with “Hammer” Hank Lundy.”
Douglas has had about 140 amateur fights with various awards. He is very confident. “I saw him (DeAlba) fight live twice and several times on tape. I plan to box him but if he opens up It’s going to be an early night for him. He does things well but makes too many mistakes,” said Douglas.
“This will be a fight that will take the winner to another level. Frank is a good fighter and gets better with each fight. Same for Omar,” said Marshall Kauffman, De Alba trainer and promoter.
Headlining will be Philly’s Danny “Swift” Garcia, 30-0, former WBA/WBC light welter champ against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, 32-6, of Brooklyn, former IBF super light and WBA welterweight champion in a welterweight 12. The co-feature will be WBA interim middleweight champion Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 29-1, of Brooklyn, defending against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, 28-3-2 (9), of L.A., over 12 rounds. There are 6 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds and a pair of 4 rounder’s that will include debut of Philly’s Thomas “TJ” Velasquez out of the Garcia camp in a super featherweight match.
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