Saturday night, Oct. 27, Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1) defeated Puerto Rican prospect Thomas Dulorme (16-1) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY with a TKO in the 7th round of a scheduled 10 round fight. The bout ended with Dulorme’s corner throwing in the towel as they felt their fighter could not handle anymore punishment at that point in the fight.
For Abregu, the victory will move him up in the rankings and get him a step closer to the top 10 within the world welterweight rankings. With 28 out of Abregu’s 34 victories coming by way of knockout, it is evident that Abregu is a threat for anyone in the welterweight division.
Interestingly, Abregu pronounced after the fight that he would like a rematch with Timothy Bradley (29-0) in the near future. Bradley, who is the WBO welterweight champion, serves as Abregu’s only loss in his career in which Bradley fought to a unanimous decision victory over Abregu in July of 2010.
Consequently, Abregu would like nothing more than to avenge his loss to Bradley and become a world title holder. However, due to Bradley’s new status as one of boxing’s premier champions, it is likely that Abregu will have to put together some more impressive victories in order to be granted a Bradley rematch.
On the other hand, Dulorme must go back to the drawing board and look to regain the momentum he had prior to this loss. Specifically, Dulorme must look to work on his ability to stop the right hand as Abregu continuously landed right hands that eventually led to the stoppage of the fight.
From a marketing perspective, Dulorme’s promotional team, Team Puerto Rico Boxing, which is comprised of Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment, and Thompson Boxing, may have put Dulorme in too fast in his career against a fighter in Abregu that hold a lot of experience and punching power.
It is secret that the boxing world will be in search of a new Puerto Rican mega star once Miguel Cotto retires. Thus, it seems that Dulorme’s promotional team is trying to move Dulorme along the rankings quickly in order to pronounce him as the next Puerto Rican star. However, it is evident that Dulorme is being moved along too fast and still needs to be brought along carefully in order to develop.
In the end, Abregu takes a step closer to being mentioned in the world top 10 rankings within the welterweight division. It will be interesting to see what path his management team decides to take him next as it is clear that he has the knockout power to pose a problem for any welterweight.
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