Carlos Abregu Upsets Thomas Dulorme

By Robert Ecksel on October 27, 2012
Carlos Abregu Upsets Thomas Dulorme
"We analyzed him with our team," said Abregu after the fight, "and saw that he's too young."

Dulorme was the #1 ranked welterweight by the WBC and Abregu, whose only loss was to Timothy Bradley in 2010, was the designated steppingstone…

Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1, 30 KOs), upset previously unbeaten Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs) with a TKO at 2:35 of round seven to win the WBC International welterweight title.

The 28-year-old Abregu, who hails from Salta, Argentina, joined his fellow countrymen Sergio Martinez, Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana to form a rugged quartet of Argentinean myth busters.

Dulorme was the number one ranked welterweight by the WBC and Abregu, whose only loss was to Timothy Bradley in 2010, was the designated steppingstone. But this was one designated steppingstone that resented the designation and was determined not to be stepped on at any cost.

Dulorme dominated the early rounds, boxing smart behind a stiff left jab. Abregu turned things around in the third when he dropped Dulorme with a hard right to the head. The 22-year-old from Puerto Rico got to his feet, continued to fight, and made it to the end of the round. But he wasn’t the same fighter after hitting the deck.

Dulorme switched to a southpaw stance for most of the next two rounds, which worked for awhile and created problems for Abregu. But Abregu had Dulorme’s number. He hurt him in the sixth, and continued to hurt him in the seventh, before landing several rights and a short left hook which dropped Dulorme to the canvas a second time. Again he beat the count, but his corner had seen enough and referee Benjy Estevez waved it off.

During his post-fight interview Abregu said, “We analyzed him with our team and we saw that he’s too young. Maybe with time he will be a great fighter, but he was unsuccessful with me. He was getting to me with that right hand, but when he would turn to a lefty it caused me a little bit of a problem because I’m not accustomed to fighting a lefty.

“I was catching him with my right hand, and I have had an operation on my right hand, but obviously it must be healed well. I feel so good that I just want a rematch with Bradley. If I was in this condition that night, I would have beaten Bradley. I’m waiting for Bradley.”

Dulorme, still a bit dazed, had this to say: “My corner decided to stop the fight and I respect their decision. They were looking to protect me and they decided to stop the fight. I was controlling the Argentine. He caught me with a good punch but I came up, I was okay, I wasn’t in bad condition, and I was catching him with my punches.”

In undercard action, junior welterweight Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KOs) kept his unbeaten streak alive by pounding out a UD10 over the game but outgunned Mauricio Herrera (18-3, 7 KOs). The judges had it 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93, all in favor of Mayfield.

Also on the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast, IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) did enough to retain his title via split decision over hard hitting Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs). The final scores were 116-112 and 118-110 for Vazquez and a not unreasonable 115-113 for Quintero.

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  1. No10Point 04:53pm, 10/28/2012

    Dulorme started good but Abrgu’s people already saw his flaws which is his defense. IE Chin up straight back.
    Dulorme kinda reminds my of Taylor.
    Time will tell.
    Good job Abregu

  2. Joe 11:30am, 10/28/2012

    There are guys that hit as hard or harder than Abregu in the 140-154 pounds range and are better boxers than Abregu. If Dulorme lost with Abregu the way he lost it is better for him to retire now because Abregu showed that Dulorme is a palooka who can’t stand pressure. Any boxer that gets in the ring with Dulorme will know that and will hit Dulorme with abandon. Dulorme will be a so-so boxer earning peanuts. So, better for him to retire now because he have no future in boxing. Better for him to get a job as draftsman and have better life than as a boxer. Also, the guy is Dominican not Puerto Rican.

  3. NYIrish 08:31am, 10/28/2012

    A fresh faced kid with quick hands does not a contender make.

  4. Mark J 03:51am, 10/28/2012

    The Argentine Female Boxers are pretty good too.

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