Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford and Thomas Dulorme, the No. 2 world-rated junior welterweight contender, will host a Dallas/Fort Worth area press conference announcing their world championship rumble, This Thursday! March 5, on the arena floor of the College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington (600 South Center St., Arlington, TX 76010-1814). The press conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Joining the fighters will be Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, and Gary Shaw, president of Gary Shaw Promotions, who promote Crawford and Dulorme, respectively. All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions, and Tecate, Crawford, and Dulorme will be battling for the vacant WBO junior welterweight world title, Saturday, April 18 at College Park Center. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split-site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), of Omaha, NE, boxing’s brightest young star, captured the WBO lightweight title last March, dethroning Ricky Burns in the defending champion’s native Scotland, with a virtuoso performance. Crawford successfully defended the title twice in 2014, knocking out undefeated Cuban superstar and former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa — a Fight of the Year nominee — and a one-sided unanimous decision over one-time world title contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran last November.
Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, is a fan-favorite in one of the boxing’s hottest and most passionate markets. He enters his first world championship fight riding a two-year, six-bout winning streak, including his most recent victory, an NABF/NABO junior welterweight title victory over Hank Lundy, which was televised on HBO last December. Dulorme is world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).