Abregu Denies Dulorme Via Seventh-Round Knockout

by Eric Raskin

Thomas Dulorme - Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

As 1940s and ’50s major league pitcher Preacher Roe once famously said (and as the film The Big Lebowski more famously adapted), “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.” Highly touted 22-year-old Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme stared down the bear on Saturday night in the form of Argentine bruiser Carlos Abregu. And, as happens sometimes when talented but inexperienced fighters are willing to step up and take risks, the bear ended up with a full belly.

Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs) scored a violent knockdown in the third round, then finished off Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs) in the seventh with another knockdown that prompted the younger fighter’s corner to halt the bout. The end came at the 2:35 mark of round seven at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.

The Dulorme bandwagon will empty quickly because of a single unexpected defeat; that’s the way things tend to go in sports these days. But it’s not necessarily a fair or even correct response. This fight didn’t expose Dulorme as a fraud. It merely exposed him as a fighter with a lot of room to improve, particularly defensively. And it happened because Abregu was a high hurdle for any developing fighter to clear, a heavy-handed, in-his-prime warrior who had only lost once in 34 previous pro bouts, against the excellent Timothy Bradley.

“We analyzed [Dulorme], and we saw that he was too young,” Abregu said afterward when asked how he scored the mild upset. “Maybe with time, he could be a great fighter.”

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Prospects and Power on Tap for Saturday’s Triple-Header

by Kieran Mulvaney

Timothy Bradley, Luis Carlos Abregu - Photo Credit: Will Hart

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.

CompuBox Analysis: Dulorme vs. Abregu

At age 22, Thomas Dulorme is one of boxing's rising young stars. His height, reach, hand speed, technique and power make him his sport's equivalent of a five-tool player. While he has proven his quality against the usual assortment of journeymen and overmatched foes, Dulorme will take the next step toward his ultimate fate Saturday when he meets his best opponent to date -- Argentine bomber Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KO).

Will Dulorme clear this hurdle or will Abregu force him to stumble? 


See more Compubox analysis of Thomas Dulorme vs. Luis Carlos Abregu on HBO.com.

CompuBox Analysis: Herrera vs. Mayfield

The typical model for athletic excellence calls for an early commitment to his sport of choice. For boxers that means engaging in amateur fights before turning 10, fighting dozens (if not hundreds) of bouts, then turning pro in their late teens or early 20s.

Junior welterweights Karim Mayfield and Mauricio Herrera  took the road less traveled, for both turned professional in their mid- to late-20s yet advanced to the point where they've succeeded in challenging fights against opponents with deeper backgrounds. On Saturday they face each other in their first HBO-televised fight and the question of who will prevail is an intriguing one. The answer to that query may be found in their CompuBox histories, which revealed the following: 

See more Compubox analysis of Mauricio Herrera vs. Karim Mayfield on HBO.com.

CompuBox Analysis: Vazquez vs. Quintero

On a night where contrasting styles are pitted against each other, the IBF lightweight title match between the defender Vazquez and the challenger Quintero is the most stark. Vazquez prefers to operate at long range while Quintero is at his best when he brawls. Vazquez is a right-handed stylist while Quintero is a southpaw stalker. At 5-10 with a 72-inch wingspan, Vazquez's body is built for speed while the squat 5-7 Quintero has a 65-inch reach made for the trenches.

The gulf between their approaches is as evident as those between red states and blue states. Which method will cause the other man's madness? Their CompuBox histories offer the following clues:

See more Compubox analysis of Miguel Vazquez vs. Marvin Quintero on HBO.com.

Can Dulorme’s Blinding Speed and Blistering Power Stop Abregu?

by Nat Gottlieb

Thomas Dulorme, Luis Carlos Abregu

Compared frequently to a young Miguel Cotto, Thomas Dulorme is being hailed as the next great Puerto Rican boxer. Whether this is hype or he’s the real deal, Dulorme’s next fight against power-packing Argentinean Luis Abregu should provide some answers, along with some dynamite action as the main event in a highly competitive tripleheader on Oct. 27.

“I’m very thankful to be compared to someone like Cotto, he is a great boxer,” says the 22-year-old native of Puerto Rico. “But I am just starting out, and it is not fair to compare me to someone like that or to Trinidad. They’re my idols, and first I have to prove myself.”

So far, Dulorme has done some fine preliminary work in that regard, winning all 16 of his fights and knocking out 12 opponents, while tantalizing fans with his supersonic hand speed and abundant power.

The comparisons of Dulorme to Cotto and Trinidad have some foundation. Like Cotto, Dulorme fires crisp, precision shots while working behind a thudding jab. He also digs extremely well to the body. The parallel with the great Felix Trinidad stems from the level of excitement Dulorme brings to the ring with his one-punch knockout power, excellent boxing skills, and charisma both in the ring and out of it.

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