HBO Boxing Showcasing Sizzling Welterweight Match-Up TonightWritten by Sam Gregory
Tonight, HBO 'Boxing After Dark' presents a tripleheader of boxing live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.
Fight time is 10:15PM EST.
In the main event, the number one contender for Floyd Mayweather Jr's WBC welterweight title, undefeated Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KO), will defend his flawless record against Argentinean Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KO) in a scheduled 10 round bout in the welterweight division.
Both of these top welterweight prospects are looking to earn a title shot and a win tonight would put the victor on the fast track to making that happen.
The undefeated Dulorme is already being talked about as the next great Puerto Rican fighter having been compared to Miguel Cotto and Felix Trinidad. His exceptional hand speed, technique and power put him on a level with some of the best 147 pound prospects.
Pictured: Felix Trinidad, left, and Miguel Cotto
Thomas Dulorme will face his toughest opponent to date when he steps in the ring with the heavy-handed, bomb-throwing Luis Carlos Abregu whose only professional loss to date is to WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley just over two years ago.
Dulorme vs Abregu will showcase speed, power and skill vs an experienced persistent power puncher.
With 10 straight knockouts earlier in his career, Dulorme didn't show a lot of technique early on. But starting with a tenth round unanimous decision over ex-champion DeMarcus Corley in June of 2011, Dulorme began the transition from bomb thrower to all around boxer.
According to Compubox, in Dulorme's last fight, a tenth round unanimous decision over Yoryi Estrella, "Dulorme executed a disciplined blueprint that was centered around a busy jab." He landed 36.7 of the jabs thrown which setup the 48.9 percent of the power punches landed. That limited Estrella's overall punch output to 20.9 percent.
That all translated to a shutout win for Dulorme with scores of 100-90 across the board.
Thomas Dulorme is skilled at hitting and not getting hit. He has a powerful jab, turns the left hook over productively and drives the straight right hand through its target with precision.
If Dulorme can effectively cut off the ring and land his power shots Abregu will be in for a long night.
"I am prepared to box with him, and also to brawl with him. I won't just go out to win. I want to bring emotion to the fans and entertain them," said Thomas Dulorme.
Thomas Dulorme acknowledges that he's in for a tough fight Saturday night.
Pictured: Thomas Dulorme
"Abregu is a good fighter and I know this is a tough fight, so I'm preparing thoroughly to be in the best possible shape for fight night. My trainer Bonilla and I have been working hard in the gym and we want to dedicate this victory to the people of Puerto Rico. I will fight hard to not disappoint my fellow Puerto Ricans and the entire Latin community."
Luis Carlos Abregu, on the other hand, doesn't have the same respect for his opponent: "Dulorme has never been in the ring with a hard puncher like me. I will break him down with power shots, something he's never experienced before. A win against Dulorme will put me back on track to fight for a world title. Nothing is going to stop me from coming out victorious."
It breaks down like this...
Dulorme, 22, is the younger of the two by 6 years and has fought 59 rounds as a pro to Dulorme's 150. Dulorme has been boxing since he was 8 years old with an extensive amateur career in international competition and ranks higher with boxing ability, both defensively and offensively.
But Luis Carlos Abregu has faced slightly better opposition.
Pictured: Luis Carlos Abregu, left, mixes it up with Tim Bradley.
Abregu would lose a unanimous decision. His only loss to date.
Both men have power with Dulorme being the quicker puncher. Dulorme has better accuracy with his punches and the fighters are equally good condition with Abregu showing more aggression in his fights.
The fighters match up fairly even with the slight advantage going to Thomas Dulorme. But as fight fans know, anything can happen in boxing.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.