Omar Douglas is powerful and fairly skilled, but he kept his "0" by the skin of his teeth tonight. In a competitive ten-round match, Douglas (16-0, 11 KO) took home a majority decision against the very game Frank De Alba (17-2-2, 6 KO) on Fox Sports 1.
Douglas controlled the first two rounds with solid combination punching, landing his lead right on the southpaw De Alba repeatedly. In the third and fourth, however, De Alba seemed to find his groove and pick Douglas off with effective work from his back foot. Douglas seized the momentum once more in the fifth, but couldn't maintain it, and De Alba reestablished control.
Douglas did manage to hurt him with a left hook in the eighth, however, and stayed competitive throughout despite De Alba's increasing success nullifying his power.
Douglas ultimately took home the majority decision on scores of 95-95, 96-94, and 97-93. Bad Left Hook had it 96-94 for De Alba, but I wouldn't really call it a robbery.
Douglas still has the physical tools, but needs to set up his power punches better. Luckily, he's young and has time to do so.
The co-feature saw welterweight prospect Miguel Cruz kept his perfect record intact with a seventh-round finish of Virgil Green. Cruz (12-0, 11 KO) seemed to have some early trouble with Green's length, jab, and movement until he realized that he couldn't miss with his right hand.
Green (11-4, 4 KO) repeatedly brought his jab back low, allowing his Puerto Rican foe to tee off with cross counters. A left hook from Cruz did damage late in the fourth, briefly turning Green into a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man, but from then on it was all right hand. An overhand sent him down in the seventh, after which a 1-2 stiffened him and forced the stoppage.
I have to mention the awful job done by referee Benny Esteves, Jr., who failed to step in between the fighters while trying to wave it off. This allowed Cruz, who most likely didn't see him, to land a handful of shots on the clearly-done Green.
Besides that, Cruz showed some quality power and ability to adjust. I look forward to seeing more of him.
In the light heavyweight opening feature, Christopher Brooker did away with Leo Hall's unbeaten record, exploiting the latter's lack of lateral movement to repeatedly take him to the ropes and do damage inside.
Hall (8-1, 7 KO) had a visible height advantage and the sharer jab, but never managed to keep Brooker (7-1, 5 KO) off of him with any consistency. His counters failed to deter Brooker, who bashed away with looping shots to the head and body. He wound up outlanding Hall approximately two-to-one, thanks to solid head movement at range and a far superior workrate.
Neither one looked like a real prospect, but they both threw heat. That's worth something, I suppose.
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