By Eric Raskin
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland
If boxing fans are talking about Thomas Dulorme vs. Karim Mayfield five years from now -- or even five days from now -- it will be the weigh-in that carries the conversation. Unfortunately, the aggression shown the day before the fight disappeared once the bell rang, as the two junior welterweight counterpunchers gave the CompuBox boys very little to do en route to Dulorme capturing a unanimous decision.
The once-beaten Puerto Rican prospect hurt Mayfield with a left hand high on the head in round one and built a clear lead through the first half of the fight. The shorter Mayfield closed the distance in spots, but two seemingly unintentional low blows in round eight slowed his momentum, and by the 10th round, it was obvious he needed a knockout. Referee Steve Smoger let Dulorme get away with excessive clinching down the stretch as Mayfield applied pressure, but a one-point penalty wouldn’t have made a difference anyway. Judge Waleska Roldan scored it 98-92, Ron McNair had it 97-94, and Joe Pasquale saw the fight 96-94, all for Dulorme, who moves to 21-1 with 14 KOs and extends his winning streak, however unimpressively, to five. Mayfield suffered his first defeat, against 18 wins and one technical draw.