Gary Shaw Promotions has a tripleheader card lined up for HBO Boxing After Dark on October 27 from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, with Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme in the main event, looking to shine, something that’s been quite hard for other Puerto Rican prospects that have emerged. Most recently Orlandito De Valle, Luis Cruz, and Jonathan Gonzalez all have failed to live up to expectations. Gonzalez should have won his last fight instead of receiving a draw, failed miserably at the scales, something we’ve become all to accustom to from Gonzalez as of late. So the pressure is on the heavily touted and Felix Trinidad compared Dulorme. “It’s only one week left for the fight, the work has been done we’ve prepared we’re ready and we put our faith in god that we are victorious,” mentioned Dulorme.
The 10-round main-event features WBC No. 1, WBA No. 3 and WBO No. 13 ranked undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs), who will have his stiffest test to date, when he takes on the WBC No.11 ranked hard-hitting Argentine, Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27KO’s). Abregu was not the camps first choice of opponent. The Dulorme team wanted Nick Casal. Casal is a fighter who would of gone up from 140 to 147, but HBO was keen on making the Abregu match up. “I don’t pick my opponents, my managers and promoters pick my opponents, and my trainer analyzed them. We decided to fight with [Carlos] Abregu he’s a good fighter, we want to fight with the best to be classified as one of the best in the world,” expressed Dulorme.
Abregu is a rugged, durable fighter. He is one of those fighters who comes forward and he can withstand a lot [of punches]. He is a high quality opponent. Definitely, Abregu will be a huge test for Dulorme, one that can result to be fruitful, with all roads leading to the winner of Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero. Abregu is no stepping stone and at the Turning Stone Casino, he’ll be looking to turn his career around using this win at a possible title shot.
“Dulorme has never been in the ring with a hard puncher like me,” said Abregu. “I will break him down with power shots, something he’s never experience 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.” Dulorme is conscious of the task at hand and has crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s. “Abregu is tough, dangerous fighter, a big puncher and we are fully aware of that, we’ve trained and prepared different tactics to implement in the fight,” said Dulorme.
Abregu, is no stranger to the big stage as he lost a hard fought unanimous decision to current WBO Welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley Jr. (29-0, 12 KOs), who in his last fight defeated Manny Pacquiao by a very controversial decision. The Abregu vs. Bradley fight was televised live on HBO and was both Bradley and Abregu debuts on the network. Since the loss, Abregu is on a four-fight winning streak, all of which he won by KO all in his native home of Argentina. “Look Bradley fought against Abregu but we are two totally different styles, I’m going to go in there and do my job. Styles make fights, I might go in there and knockout Abregu it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m better or Bradley is better than me, because of the outcome of this fight,” explained Dulorme.
Dulorme, has had a promising start to his career with wins over some note able names, and his most recognized victory comes against former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1, 23 KOs). Dulorme himself is no stranger to HBO as he’s fought on some of the untelevised undercards before having his high light reels showcased on the network. “Of course it will feel different but there’s no added pressure because I’m fighting on HBO, I have no pressure being the main event,” said Dulorme.
Truth is, this is sink or swim for the Puerto Rican prospect/contender Abregu isn’t a world beater or A level competition. He went 10 tough rounds with Richard Gutierrez a C- fighter at best, if Dulorme wants to prove he is the real deal and live up to the comparisons of his country man Felix Trinidad then Saturday he has to win and in great fashion.
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