Omar Douglas, in a WBN exclusive interview, broke down his upcoming clash with former world champion Lee Selby.
The American puncher claims he’s gunning for a title shot. The pair will trade blows on the undercard of James DeGale’s London fight against Chris Eubank Jr. next week.
Welshman Selby is moving up two weight divisions after a shock loss to Josh Warrington last year. Douglas heads up one.
Airing his thoughts on the ex-IBF featherweight title holder, Douglas believes the weight differential could prove crucial.
“I think he’s a pretty decent fighter,” Douglass exclusively explained to World Boxing News. “But I just believe that I’m better, bigger, stronger and the faster fighter.”
And the Delaware-born orthodox fighter believes Selby’s loss to Warrington could play a big part come fight night.
“I have the mental edge on him. A lot of this sport is mental and he’s coming off a loss, I’m not. I believe that’ll play a very big role.
“I know how it feels to come off a defeat. My defeats taught me a lot about myself. How strong-minded of a person I am.
“Dealing with two really close decisions against me helped my mind. Even if I can’t really call them losses because the judges got it wrong.”
Douglas knows facing a dangerous fighter in Selby will be seen as a silly move in some boxing circles. But has backed himself to dispatch the Barry-born fighter in style.
Beating an ex-world champion could propel Douglas into the picture for a title shot of his own. With fellow Americans Gervonta Davis, Andrew Cancio and Tevin Farmer all holding belts in the division.
‘I want a world title shot after this fight. I deserve it for sure,” he pointed out. “I’m taking another risk in fighting a guy that people don’t want to fight.
“It was the same with Edner Cherry and Javier Fortuna.
“These are guys nobody wants to fight. I take a lot of chances. I believe after I beat Lee Selby, I’ll get a world title shot.
Douglas has been studying Selby’s shock loss to Warrington last May where the Leeds-born Warrington ripped Selby’s world title away over 12 punishing rounds. The loss came despite Selby being the pre-fight favourite.
“I saw a few things in Selby’s fight with Warrington. I think Warrington was just too active for him, he was like a Tasmanian Devil.
“But Warrington also picked when he wanted to fight and when he wanted to box very well. It was very smart.
“He outclasses Lee Selby all around the board. I believe I possess some of the same, if not more, boxing knowledge as Warrington and I’m a bigger guy,” concluded Douglas.
James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73