HBO Boxing Showcasing Sizzling Welterweight Match-Up Tonight

Written by Sam Gregory at Oct 27, 2012 - 10:24AM ET in News
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.


HBO Boxing After Dark: Dulorme vs Abregu


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