Antoine Douglas whips Sherrington, scores TKO in outdoor fight


"Lock N Load?"

More like "Open & Empty."

Les Sherrington has a great nickname, but the veteran middleweight from Australia didn't have the game to stay with Antoine Douglas on a brisk autumn evening Friday at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Douglas handled Sherrington with relative ease, scoring a fourth-round technical knockout to win the World Boxing Organization International title. Even fighting outside, where it was 54 degrees at the opening bell, didn't deter Douglas.

"Once I got into my rhythm, I didn't even think about it," he said of the elements.

Douglas (19-0-1) went right after Sherrington, knocking him down two minutes into the fight with a left-right combination. Sherrington found himself holding on, and late in the round, he flipped Douglas onto his back, drawing a warning from referee Kenny Bayless.

The Australian, 10 years older than his American opponent, went down again in the second round, as he was trying unsuccessfully to match hand speed with Douglas and got the worst of it.

Douglas knocked Sherrington down two more times in the third and tried to end it late in the round. But for the only time all night, Sherrington showed a good chin and stayed upright despite taking some good shots from Douglas.

But it was just a matter of time before it was over for Sherrington, and it came early in the fourth round when yet another sharp combination from Douglas dropped Sherrington (35-8) for the fifth time. Bayless stopped the fight at 1:02.

"I never predict a knockout," Douglas said. "I had a great camp to prepare for this fight. I stuck to my game plan, which was to work on solid punches. His left was low, so I capitalized on it with my right hand."

Said Sherrington: "He was too quick and way too good. I was totally outclassed."

In the co-feature, former Olympic welterweight Taras Shelestyuk of the Ukraine handled Russia's Aslanbek Kozaev, winning a 10-round unanimous decision to win the WBO regional title.

Shelestyuk, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, weathered an early body assault by Kozaev (26-2-1) and used an effective jab to set up some crisp combinations that stalled Kozaev's attack. Shelestyuk (13-0) moved effortlessly across the ring, and his superior footwork and timing made him an elusive target for Kozaev.

Glenn Trowbridge and Lisa Giampa had Shelestyuk winning 100-90, and Dave Moretti scored it 99-91.

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