Young Southeast D.C. native overcomes struggles to become boxing star

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – For Antoine Douglas, a young man born to a drug-addicted mother, boxing has been the easy part.

“When I was born, I was a premature baby,” said Douglas, a Southeast D.C. native. “The doctors said I wouldn’t function as a normal human.”

“He was 4 pounds, 7 ounces ... he was a fighter at birth,” said Annette Douglas, Antoine’s mother.

With mom fighting her demons, Antoine ran across some of his own.

“Running the streets, anything we could find … causing trouble,” says the 21-year old boxing star.

But Antoine found boxing and has been hooked ever since.

“I’m a champion in the making. Not too many people could’ve lived through that and be able to talk about it,” he said.

His biggest fan: Mom, who says she's now clean.

“It's going on 3 years,” she said.

Annette Douglas’ struggles are never lost on her son.

“Family always told me the bad about my mom,” Antoine said. “All I knew was that my mom should have been there for me, and when I got old enough to realize that I need to be there for her, then our bond just grew stronger.”

Annette said, “It's beautiful. I wouldn’t trade it in for the world … just to know that where he’s going, that he came back to get his mom to make me a part of his life. I love it, I love it.”