by Kieran Mulvaney
Following the “rock’em sock ‘em robots” performance for the ages by Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, and the technical precision and punching power of Nonito Donaire, HBO’s Boxing After Dark returns on Saturday with a triple header featuring some of the sport’s more promising prospects, as well as some contenders who have been knocking on the door and looking for a breakthrough.
Tomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) v Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KOs), welterweights
Puerto Rican Dulorme is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in boxing. He brings blinding fast hand speed with one-punch knockout power and a body attack that some have compared to that of countryman Miguel Cotto. But he faces a big step up in class and experience when he takes on hard-hitting Argentine Abregu, whose only loss was a decision to then-junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley, and who has won four in a row since then. This will go a long way toward showing us whether Dulorme is the real deal.
Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) v Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs), junior welterweights
The last time we saw Herrera, he was in a fantastic action fight with Mike Alvarado that was a Fight of the Year candidate until Alvarado’s battle with Brandon Rios usurped all other contenders. Herrera came out on the losing end of that contest, but the bout went to the scorecards and the decision was close. He feels that level of experience and quality of opposition will prove the difference against the heralded but relatively untested Mayfield.
Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) v Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs), lightweights
Vazquez turned professional against a young fellow Mexican by the name of Saul Alvarez, and dropped a four-round split decision. Since then, his only defeats in 33 fights have been in a rematch to Alvarez, now a junior middleweight titlist, in which Vazquez went 10 pounds above his normal weight, and to Tim Bradley. He has held a lightweight title since August 2010 and was the first man to hang a loss on the record of Air Khan’s nemesis Breidis Prescott. Quintero has knockout power, but he can also be knocked out – all three of his losses have been by stoppage, two of them within the first two rounds. As a result, one way or the other, this could be an explosive start to the evening.