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.
(Picture included for the heady ring announcer mentioned below. That’s Doel Carrasquillo at Broadway Boxing last November, not either of these dudes)
MASHANTUCKET, Conn.—They had a chick sing the national anthem, it was pitchy as fuck. The ring announcer has some irie dreads. Don’t know how he keeps his voice so smooth with all the nugs he must put in the air. Must be vaping.
Round 1- Both fighters throwing, Dulorme is launching bombs and some of them are landing. Dulorme lands a stiff shot after the bell. Dulorme took that one for sure.
Round 2-Dulorme has him up on the ropes and is pounding him. The ref waves the fight off. Valdes was knocked out on his feet, but the crowed boos lustily because they want to see the man knocked off his feet. Dulorme by TKO.
—Dr. Octagon, M.D. from ringside.