Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Omar Douglas closed out the year in style, winning a 10-round majority decision over Frank Santos De Alba Tuesday night at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA in a battle of 130-pound prospects.
The 24-year-old Douglas (16-0, 11 ko’s) started off slow, but then took control of the fight around the fourth round or so against the gritty De Alba.
De Alba (17-2-2, 6ko’s) took control of the fight early on, controlling the tempo and the pace. An excellent counter-puncher De Alba, found a home with his jab from the get go. He lured Douglas in from time to time and made him pay.
“It was a very competitive fight. I think I landed more punches. He was more aggressive, but I was landing more,” said the native of Reading, PA, De Alba.
However, the younger Douglas showed he was stronger and fresher as the fight went on. His body shots started to take a toll on the 28-year-old DeAlba, who suffered just the second loss of his career and second in his last 15 contests.
It was in round five that the two boxers had their best exchange, with both men going to the body. But it was the fastest Douglas, who seemed to get the better of the exchanges as he clearly landed harder combinations.
He started to over the middle rounds, and in round eight landed his best punch of the night — staggering De Alba with a left hook — then following up with a flurry to close out the stanza.
“He was about as tough as my last fight. The only thing tougher than the last one was that I had to come here on the road and do it,” said Douglas.
Judge Bernard Bruni saw the fight a draw (95-95), but his score was overturned by the tallies of Steve Weisfeld (96-94) and Ron McNair (97-93).
“I feel great. I got some great rounds. The judges might have made it a little bit closer than it really was. But I went into his hometown and did what I do,” Douglas added.
JMB scored it 96-94 in favor of Douglas, who will look to remain very active in 2016.