Photo: Will Hart
By Hamilton Nolan
At the age of 24, Thomas Dulorme (22-1) is one of the purest young talents in all of the boxing world. He has the eye-blink hand speed, two-fisted power, and athleticism that are the ingredients of A-list boxing stardom. Then again, he’s 24. And it shows. He has not quite been able to pull all of his talents together into the sort of directed, concentrated package that would actually make him an A-list boxing star. And in 2012, Luis Carlos Abregu, a far more polished fighter, TKOed Dulorme (for his only loss) in a demonstration of veteran skill overcoming youthful raw energy.
Hank Lundy (25-4) counts as a crafty veteran too by this point in his career, though one that combines his slickness and economy of motion with a notable streak of aggression. Dulorme’s jab and right hand are completely straight, twin bolt guns, hard and direct; Lundy bends constantly at the waist, throwing hooks and overhands and uppercuts, moving on many more planes of motion. Dulorme dropped Lundy in the first round with a right hand to the top of his head, and managed to combine his straight-ahead power with measured defense. By the second half of the fight, Lundy had begun to time Dulorme’s speed, and began walking him down--chasing him, almost--with huge overhands that mostly missed. After a while, the two fell into a pattern: Lundy moving forward, stalking, throwing bombs, rarely connecting, and very occasionally eating a right hand counter. Dulorme clearly fell victim to fatigue, and someone tuning in late in the fight could have been forgiven for not knowing that Dulorme was, in fact, the far scarier puncher of the two, when he managed to punch.
In the end, Dulorme pulled out a split decision, and a fair one. He still needs work. He is talented, and fearsome, but predictable, with a toolbox that does not seem to hold too many different tools. Forgiveable, for a young fighter. With a little work, he may be the next Amir Khan.