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March 01, 2017

OMAR DOUGLAS ON FIGHT WITH EDNER CHERRY: THIS IS THE FIGHT MY FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
By G. Leon

GL: How is everythig going in training camp? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything has been going well, I've been training hard getting great work, I've stepped up my strength and conditioning training for this fight. Everything is going really well and you can expect a spectacular performance on March 17. GL: What do you know about Edner Cherry as a fighter? What are your thoughts on him? I've been watching him a long time now. I actually grew up watching him fight on Friday night fights. He's a strong guy, he comes forward, he's got a decent right hand and he's a real sturdy guy.

GL: What weaknesses do you see in Cherry that you plan to exploit on fight night?

Omar Douglas: "He seems to be pretty strong, but I think I have the better jab, the better movement and I'm just a more well rounded fighter. Sometimes his head is a little bit in the middle, sometimes he might jab from the waist and when he gets overly aggressive it puts him off balance. I look forward to taking advantage of that."

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into this fight?

OD: "My jab and my youth. I'm the younger guy and my jab, and I believe my overall boxing knowledge because I've had a long amateur background. My last fight was a phenomenal fight. I fought a guy who was a former world champion and even though I didn't come out on top, I showed a lot of grit and I showed a lot of people that I belong to be at the top with those guys. I'm emptying out the toolbox for this fight and I feel like I posses a lot of tools and you guys haven't had the chance to see them yet. I'm going to show you guys what I can do on March 17."

GL: How do you feel you've improved as a fighter since the loss to Javier Fortuna?

OD: "I think there's some things I could have done to won that fight, I could have let my hands go a little more and created some space to give him some room to work. Give him a little room and let him come to me, that's how I scored the knockdown. I think I let him taste the power too early and then it became a cat and mouse kind of fight. There was a lot of things I learned too that have to do with the outside the ring and the business of boxing. I just learned a lifetime worth of knowledge in that fight."

GL: What would a victory on March 17 mean to you?

OD: "It would mean the world to me. Right now I've just been working, staying humble and doing my homework on all of the guys. Not just Edner Cherry, but the current champions. It would mean the world to me and hopefully lead to me fighting for a world title after this one. This is a very important fight for me."

GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?

OD: "Not really. I have a game plan, I'm not one of those guys who likes to make predictions. One thing I learned from my last three or four fights with undefeated guys or guys who only had one loss is that you have to let these things come to you and you have to be able to adjust on the fly. There's no other prediction other than victory, if the knockout comes we're going to take advantage of it, but if it doesn't we'll be ready either way."

GL: Cherry is probably the most aggressive guy you've fought in these last four fights. Do you think that plays into your hands?

OD: "I think it gives the fans an opportunity to see another Omar Douglas because I'm going to have to force the fight. I could let him come to me and I could box as well. A lot of guys come in and as soon as I hit them they start moving a lot and holding when I put the pressure on. I'm kind of expecting holding in this fight, for whatever reason though I believe this is my type of fight. This is the type of fight my fans have been wanting."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

OD: "You could expect a phenomenal performance from Omar "Super O" Douglas. Follow me on twitter @super0130kp"

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