“I’ll Cause a Shock!”
‘The Bullet’ takes on the European super-bantamweight champion at the Emerald Roadhouse in Belfast on July 21 and, for a boxer renowned for never refusing a challenge, even Dougie took just a little longer to agree to the contest.
“It never takes me long to think about fights; I normally just jump in there, but I did think about this one,” stated Dougie.
“I had a sit down and think because he’s a good fighter, a big puncher and he’s got a lot of experience. I had a word with my coach, did my homework on him, and we said ‘we’ll have a go at it’.
“I do believe I can outbox him. I’ve got height and reach on him, and I’ve got the strength in my jab to keep him back.”
With five wins from 20 contests, and three years’ experience of fighting away from home at short notice, Dougie doesn’t wear rose coloured spectacles anymore when it comes to the fight game. With Kiko slated to face Commonwealth king Carl Frampton later in the year, the genial Geordie realises he is the hors d’oeuvre before the main course.
Beating Martinez, 19 KOs in 26 wins, is a very tall order, Curran knows that, but he believes he is better than his ledger shows and that he will upset the odds. No-one expects him to win but then again, against Goliath, David was never given much chance either.
“Anyone who knows boxing knows my record doesn’t compare to my ability. I’ve lost decisions, fitness-wise, because I’ve taken them at short notice, but I’ve got the boxing ability to beat anyone if I’m on my game, if my head’s right and I’ve trained hard.
“With this fight I’ve done four weeks training, which is the longest notice I’ve had for a fight. I do think I’ve got the boxing ability to beat this boy. I really do believe I can cause a shock.”
Reprinted from www.Northeastfightscene.co.uk