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When: Friday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: The D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
Antoine Douglas (18-0-1. 8 KOs), a world-ranked rising middleweight prospect, will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran Les Sherrington (35-7, 20 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the WBA and WBO International titles, on Friday, Nov. 6, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), across from the D Las Vegas in iconic Downtown Las Vegas.
Antoine’s fifth ShoBox appearance will tie him with eight other fighters for second place on the all-time list (the ShoBox appearance record is held by Chris Avalos with six appearances). All of the fighters with five or more ShoBox appearances went on to challenge for a world title, five triumphed –Andre Ward, Ishe Smith, Robert Guerrero, Kendall Holt and Badou Jack—and three fell short –Avalos, Mike Arnaoutis and Sechew Powell. A sixth five-time Shobox participant, Lateef Kayode, is scheduled to challenge WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Denis Lebedec on Nov. 4.
Douglas, of Burke, Va., is the WBA’s ninth-ranked contender. He will enter the 10-round bout for the WBA and WBO International 160-pound titles with a record of 18-0-1, 12 KOs. Australia’s Sherrington, the WBA’s No. 12th-rated contender, is 35-7, 30 KOs.
Douglas, 23, has been impressive in four consecutive victories since he boxed a draw with former world title challenger Michel Soro in an eight-rounder that was part of the 200th ShoBox telecast on July 25, 2014. Douglas has won his last two starts by knockout: on July 17, a third-round TKO over Istvan Szili and on March 13, a sixth-round TKO over Thomas LaManna.
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Sherrington of Burleigh, Gold Coast, Australia, will be fighting outside of his native land for the first time in this, his U.S. and 2015 debuts. He’s won two in a row and is 8-1 in his last nine fights, the loss coming to former IBF World Middleweight Champion Soliman in December 2013.
Since the bitter defeat to Soliman that knocked him out of the world rankings, Sherrington has been looking to redeem himself in a major matchup in a major stage. This is his opportunity.
The well-conditioned 6-foot, 33-year-old Sherrington turned his career around after losing his pro debut in April 2002 and going 4-3 in his first seven starts. Since March 2006, he’s 25-3 while winning several minor titles. In his last start on Dec. 2014 he captured the WBA Oceania Middleweight Title with a shutout 10-round decision over Samir Santos Barbosa.
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In an exemplary performance, Douglas walked through Istvan Szili in three rounds. The 23-year-old’s speed, power and punching accuracy proved to be too much as he dropped Szili three times before securing the victory. The win was Douglas’ fourth straight since his majority draw with Michel Soro in July 2014.
The KO was his second straight and third in the last four fights.
Sherrington has been around the block a few times. The 33-year-old from Australia has bee a pro since 2002. In his last fight, he won a lopsided unanimous decision over Samir Santos Barbosa. Sherringtondominated the fight, but then again, he should have considering Barbosa has a record of just 36-13-3.
Sherrington hasn’t faced top-notch competition throughout much of his career. The most recognizable name on his resume is Sam Soliman, but Sherrington lost that fight via ninth-round TKO. He might be battling some ring rust since his last bout took place almost a year ago.
Aside from that, Douglas is the most skilled young fighter Sherringtonhas ever faced. To a degree, simply going the distance would be an accomplishment for the Aussie.
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