Photos by Carlos Baeza for Thompson Boxing
by Gautham Nagesh
Argentine welterweight contender Carlos Abregu halted the meteoric rise of top prospect Thomas Dulorme on Saturday night, stopping the unbeaten Puerto Rican in Round 7 of a scheduled 10 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. The upset was the highlight of an otherwise lackluster triple-header from HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Dulorme has long been viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the sport, though we remained unconvinced. So was Abregu, whose team recognized Dulorme’s tendency to drop his left hand and devised a plan to test the 22-year-old’s chin. Dulorme came out looking as fluid as ever, pumping his jab and keeping the veteran outside. But Abregu brought a crashing right hand over that jab in the 3rd round, hurting Dulorme badly for the first time in his career.
Welcome to our weekly coverage of Friday Night Fights on ESPN 2. First up is 30-year-old Karim Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KOs) against former junior lightweight beltholder Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs), wearing the yellow of Detroit’s legendary Kronk Gym.
The first round is setting the stage for an ugly fight. Both fighters are diving in headfirst and a serious clash of heads seems inevitable. Forbes was cut badly in his last appearance on ESPN from a headbutt and he doesn’t seem to have made the adjustment. Lots of grabbing and holding from both men, but Mayfield is trying to throw more punshes.
Boxing is one of the only English language TV shows I’ve seen that draws Spanish-language commercials. That’s either because the Spanish folks prize the boxing audience so much, or it’s so hard to find sponsors for boxing that ESPN just said fuck it.