Tonight, ShoBox “The New Generation” will be live from the Downtown Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for a middleweight bout between “Action” Antoine Douglas and Les “Lock and Load” Sherrington. The bout will be a little appetizer to wet the boxing fan’s whistle before the big Top Rank show tomorrow, which will be headlined by one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, as he will be facing, go all out slugger, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
Antoine Douglas is one of the rising prospects in the middleweight division. The 23-year-old comes into the fight with an undefeated record of 18-0-1 with 12 KOs. He is coming off the best win of his career after defeating Istvan Szili back in mid-July. His toughest fight was a draw against Michel Soro back in July of 2014. Soro upset Glen Tapia Jr. back in May of this year.
The Aussie, Les Sherrington, is a 33-year-old journeyman, who will be stepping into the ring with a record of 35-7 with 19 KOs. Sherrington has never really shown much pop and hasn’t stopped anyone in over two years, which is saying a lot with the level of competition he has fought in that time period. The only legitimate guy he has faced in the last 5 years was Sam Soliman, which was two years ago. In that bout, he was stopped in the 9th after losing the first 8 rounds on all three judges’ card.
This should be a good showcase for Douglas as he continues to climb the middleweight rankings. He is still early into his career and a very young fighter. Facing a veteran at this point, only his 20th fight, is a good learning experience for him. I expect him to control the action with his jab and eventually go to the body to bring down the arms of Sherrington, which should allow him to go to the head and finish him off right around the 6th or 7th round.
Douglas is a fighter to keep your eye on as one of the future talents of the sport. He is, in my opinion, the middleweight version of Errol Spence Jr, a boxer that with a little bit more fine tuning and experience, he can make some noise as he fights and steps up over the next year or two. This may not be an event that receives too much hype or attention, but I suggest that everyone tune in check out a solid quadruple-header that also include 2012 Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (12-0, 8 KOs) taking on Aslanbek Kozaev (26-1-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Should be a good show, so enjoy the fights.