Wilmington, DE, lightweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, 10-0 (8), was 142-21 in the amateurs. “Elvis Medrano was my toughest fight. I had him stopped twice but he somehow got the decision,” said Douglas. Douglas was learning his trade mainly from his late trainer Lou Lum and is now under the guidance of trainer Dougie Pettiford in the William Hicks Community Center’s Lou Lum Gym on Madison St. in Wilmington, DE. He won 5 PA GG state titles, 2 Mid-Atlantic Regional II titles and 2 Olympic Junior Championships and 1 National Ringside championship along the way.
“Coach Doug was handpicked by Lum to take his place. He truly believed attack the body the head will fall incorporated with boxing skill. Coach Lum made Omar box the first 2 rounds of every fight. After that he let O go all to prepare him for the professionals. He always said they will be amazed at his boxing skill when he turns pro and was always upset they didn’t respect the body work he taught Omar as an amateur,” said Big O. (father and manager). This provides a strong knowledgeable, strong family base making it easy for the young fighter to stay focused on the job at hand. Lum has passed and the city of Wilmington lost one of the all-time great trainers. His other son Olu is the assistant trainer. Pettiford is a former professional boxer and a strong community leader who is also a director of Prison Drug & Alcohol program and also, a mentor of many young men in the community.
“It’s been an honor for me to train Omar “Super O” Douglas along with the rest of the fighters (Anthony Miller won in his debut 8/23 & Kyrone Davis turning pro soon). That was a bitter sweet opportunity for me with the passing of coach Lou Lum. Omar’s a coach’s dream. His dedication and work ethic is one to marvel. He’s teachable and always willing to learn. I would concur with your sentiments that the fans have not seen all of the skills this young man posses. But they will. He also is very instrumental in assisting with the developing of our younger fighters as he dedicates his time to be a mentor. This takes place during his down time or often when I have to tell him to take a day off. Isn’t that beautiful, you have to tell a fighter to take a day off”, Dougie Pettiford.
Douglas is usually always with a smile until the opening round sounds of one of his fights.
I remember seeing Douglas in the amateurs making sure Lum got out of the ring safely near the end of Lum’s life by helping him down the steps after each round while “he”, Douglas was fighting! He began boxing at the young age of 8 and trained across the street at the community center and still does. When he enters the ring he looks like he “belongs there”!
The 22 year-old Douglas graduated from Howard H.S. and is known as one of the communities standard bearers of hard work and dedication.
He is loved and admired by old and young alike. Although it is early in his professional career he has become a media darling with his unique blend of humbleness, confidence and knowledge of the sport of boxing.
The last 9 shows that the Dover Downs Casino & Hotel has run since Douglas turned professional back on May 27, 2011, only one fighter, Douglas, has appeared on each and every one of their shows. His only other appearance was on a Newark, DE, show in his ninth fight with the same matchmaker Nick Tiberi. The fans love Douglas being a local kid (22) who comes to fight. He is easy to spot with those dreadlocks moving with each punch he throws. He’s the best boxer in DE since former lightweight contender Mike “No Joke” Stewart was active in DE.
Douglas is promoted by Dave Escalate who signed Douglas, along with Anthony Caputo Smith and Joey Tiberi. When Douglas can’t get enough work in DE gyms he will travel to the Upper Darby PAL to work with the PA state champion Niam Nelson who is also 10-0 (1). In DE there are 2 other lightweights in “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 18-5-3 (3), who was scheduled to fight Nelson a week ago but the latter hurt his left hand. The other is Joey Tiberi, 11-1 (5) whom he has sparred with in DE. He sometimes goes to NJ and spars with Tevin “American Idol” Farmer, Jason Sosa and Mike Perez.
Douglas is DE’s “future” as unbeaten heavyweight Amir Mansour, 19-0 (14) may be about to “outgrow” Dover Downs after winning the USBA title a week ago at Dover Downs. He is scheduled as Douglas is to fight at Dover Downs November 22nd.
One of this writers “running jokes” is I approach someone I know and ask the nearest person(s) “I’m with the IRS do you know Omar Douglas or whoever the person I’m seeking? They usually don’t dime the person out and that was what happened one time at the Jackson St. gym. As I said it “Douglas is laughing” and the other 2 are just looking at each other like “did we cover for him or not?”
I’ve been in touch with Douglas and his father since their amateur days and believe me he has been in with Philly and the area’s best. Whether its other recent new professional’s Damon Allen, 3-0 (1), Josh Bowles, 6-1 (1) or whoever was put in front of him at the nationals. This writer is concerned Douglas is putting “too much” emphasis on offense which the crowd loves!
When Douglas scores 8 knockouts in 10 fights with 5 of his last 5 ending by the short route it can happen. His father claims he works with it more in the gym with skilled fighters like Nelson. “Garcia, Flores, Huffman, Wisdom and Napunyi have been in with some tough cats. Garcia was in with Olympian Errol Spence and Dusty Hernandez Harrison. Kevin Rivers 8-0 (6), couldn’t put Huffman away (Omar did in 2). None of the big guys Wisdom fought could stop him (67-32-4 combined, Omar did in 3). Napunyi went 3 with current WBO champ Mikey Garcia but it took me 1 round.
Now with the smaller gloves and no head gear in the professional ranks even a boxer like Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns didn’t score as many knockouts in the amateurs like he did as a professional! Last year while doing a story on current WBA Super and WBC light welter champ from Philly Danny “Swift” Garcia I asked “where is the jab?” He answered “when you start knocking people out without it you sometimes forget all about it”. Believe me when I tell you that the Dover Downs crowd hasn’t seen all the skills Douglas posses yet.
Quotes and goals of Omar “Super O” Douglas: Continue to grow. Handle whatever is put in front of me. Some kind of National title by the end of 2014 and in 2015 a world title shot. If it comes any sooner I’ll be ready. I have been working and preparing for this since I was 8 years old. Thank you to all our Philly boxing family. Philly always feels like home.
Dover Downs Casino & Hotel are next scheduled November 22nd and if you want to make a “sure thing” bet at their casino put all your money on the fact Omar “Super O” will be on the fight card that night!