James Douglas vs. Tony LaRosa

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1996-06-22 : James Douglas 244 lbs beat Tony LaRosa 227 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 3 of 10

James Douglas spent much of the first two rounds spearing and snapping back the head of Tony LaRosa with hard jabs and quick left-rights while keeping LaRosa at a distance.

Midway through the first, Douglas connected with a good right hand that led LaRosa to take a step back and stick his tongue out at the former champion. Douglas responded with a jab that knocked out LaRosa's mouthpiece and moments later connected with another right hand that buckled LaRosa's knees.

In the third round, Douglas forced LaRosa to the ropes and landed a six-punch barrage, highlighted by a massive uppercut, that dropped LaRosa to all fours at 2:36 for a count of six and opened a deep cut on the bridge of his nose and another under his right eye. LaRosa managed to last the round, but between rounds the fight was stopped on the suggestion of the ringside physician.



  • James Douglas 30-5-1 (20 KOs) vs. Tony LaRosa 24-5 (16 KOs)
  • Fight was the primary undercard bout for the first meeting between Roberto Duran and Hector Camacho.
  • It was the first bout for Douglas in over five and a half years after a retirement in which he ballooned to over 350 pounds and battled with diabetes, which landed him in a diabetic coma in 1994.
  • LaRosa was coming off a 2nd-Round TKO loss to Brian Nielsen (23-0).
  • Douglas earned $100,000.


  • "It's good to be back. I kept my poise. Tony was tough. He took some good shots. He pressured me some and I fell back on my experience. By the end of the year, I should be in top form. This was a great starting test. By the end of the year, I'll be at my fighting weight where I can take on anybody in the world. The train is coming so get off the tracks." - James Douglas
  • "I thought he displayed that he has talent. He still maintains the left jab, which she showed so impressively. It looked like a piston. Those are the things I wanted to see in Buster Douglas and he proved that he still has those talents and abilities." - Sugar Ray Leonard

Source: "Douglas back with easy win" (1996. June 22) Reading Eagle p. D3. Article