Dan Rafael: Gary Shaw

Lightweight champion Terence Crawford, who is moving up in weight for his next fight, likely will face Thomas Dulorme on April 18 in an HBO main event from a site to be determined.

In addition, the fight could be for the 140-pound belt stripped from Chris Algieri when he challenged Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight title in November and lost.

Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, Crawford’s promoter, and Dulorme promoter Gary Shaw both told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they were working on the fight but expected it to be finalized.

Besides trying to nail down a venue, Moretti said he was talking to the WBO about sanctioning the fight for its vacant junior welterweight belt. Crawford, as the organization’s lightweight titleholder, has the right to challenge for the junior welterweight belt. Dulorme is rated fifth by the organization; the fighters ahead of him would have to pass on the bout or be unavailable. Former titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse, two fighters ahead of Dulorme, likely will fight each other on March 28, so they would not be available. Algieri, who is ranked No. 1, may step aside. Jason Pagara, of the Philippines, is fourth.

Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), the 2014 ESPN.com Fighter of the Year, was slated to return March 21 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, but the card had various issues and was never finalized. One of the issues was lining up an opponent for Crawford on somewhat short notice. HBO has approved Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), 25, of Puerto Rico, who fought on the network Dec. 6 and won a split decision against Hank Lundy.

In an aside, manager Cameron Dunkin, who has co-managed Crawford for his entire career, also was managing Dulorme but recently gave him his release.
Thanks to a good relationship between promoter Gary Shaw and K2 Promotions’ managing director Tom Loeffler, heavyweight contender Mike Perez is slated to fight on Shaw’s Jan. 9 card at the Chumash Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Loeffler told ESPN.com that he asked Shaw if he would put Perez on the card, and Shaw agreed.

The main event of the “Friday Night Fights” season premiere (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET) features interim lightweight titlist Darleys Perez defending against Jonathan Maicelo. At this point, Perez’s bout is not slated for the broadcast.

Perez also does not yet have an opponent, so with less than a week until the fight, it is certainly possible one won’t be found in time, and Perez would wind up not fighting.

Perez’s bout is supposed to be a tune-up fight for a possible title eliminator with Alexander Povetkin, which was ordered at last month’s WBC convention to produce an eventual opponent for the winner of the Jan. 17 fight between titleholder Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder, the current mandatory challenger. Loeffler said Team Perez is interested in the eliminator against Povetkin.

Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs), 29, a Cuban defector living in Ireland, has not looked good in his last two fights, however. Last January, he fought to an uninspiring draw with Carlos Takam, and he dropped a split decision to Bryant Jennings in July on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard.
Thomas Dulorme, Hank LundyRich Kane/Hoganphotos/Golden BoyDespite recent comments from Hank Lundy, Thomas Dulorme hopes to have the final say Saturday.
Junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme is a laid-back kind of guy and not one to slam his opponents or trash talk. Hank Lundy, who will face Dulorme in a 10-round junior welterweight fight on Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET/PT) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, is quite the opposite.

Philadelphia's Lundy has spent a good deal of the buildup to the fight knocking Dulorme, including this recent comment: "He's basic. A lot of jabs. He likes to pump his jab and hook off his jab. Nothing special. He can't fight on the inside and doesn't have a chin. If he gets caught upstairs he falls apart. As far as him being a power puncher, I don't see it."

Puerto Rico's Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) is not allowing Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) to drag him into a war of words.

"I've arrived in New York and I'm ready to go to war," Dulorme said. "Hank Lundy has been doing a lot of trash-talking saying I'm nobody. He's going to have a rude awaking. I'm going to do my talking in the ring and everyone will know who the superior fighter is once the fight is over. I plan on stealing the show."

Said Gary Shaw, Dulorme's promoter: "I believe he is going to be the next 140-pound champion of the world. He will do his talking in the ring. The single most important thing is that he's not a trash talker, he's just a fighter."

Dulorme-Lundy opens a tripleheader that also includes middleweights David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in the 12-round main event and James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) and Hugo Centeno Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs) meeting in the 10-round co-feature.

Pedraza ready for title shot vs. Barthelemy

November, 24, 2014
Puerto Rican junior lightweight contender Jose Pedraza said he is ready for his world title shot.

Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs), 25, won a clear-cut decision against tough Michael Farenas on Nov. 14 in a title eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) and now looks forward to facing him.

"I'm very excited about my future and I'm very thankful to my promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo for getting me the fights I needed to become the mandatory challenger to fight for the IBF title," said Pedraza, who was a 2008 Olympian. "I've been getting a lot of support from my people here in Puerto Rico and it feels great to be loved by them. I've already started training as I'm eager to get back in the ring. I'm ready to fight Rances Barthelemy and bring home the IBF title."

Shaw came away pleased with Pedraza's performance against Farenas, who had won five in a row since a competitive loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa in an interim title bout in December 2012.

"Pedraza was absolutely outstanding in his fight with Farenas," Shaw said. "He looked fantastic. He has the rare ability to make adjustments in the ring against any style. He proved he can hang with the big boys. Farenas is a big puncher and Pedraza negated everything he brought to the table. Pedraza graduated from top prospect to world title contender in one terrific performance. I believe he is the top 130-pounder in the world, and come early 2015 will prove it when he fights for the world title."

Gearing up for a new season of 'FNF'

October, 30, 2014
Petr PetrovESPNBoxcino lightweight tournament champ Petr Petrov is back on "Friday Night Fights."

The return of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” can’t come soon enough, right? Well, the network powers that be are in the process of planning the early part of the new season.

Although the bouts are not yet set, the first three cards have dates, sites and promoters.

The new season will open Jan. 9 at the Chumash resort in Santa Ynez, California, with a card promoted by Gary Shaw.

The second card will be Jan. 16 at the Turning Stone resort in Verona, New York, with a show promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions. The main event will feature the return of Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs) in his first bout since winning ESPN's 2014 Boxcino lightweight tournament in May with an eighth-round knockout of Fernando Carcamo. Petrov likely will face Juan Carlos Burgos (30-2-2, 20), who has not fought since a lopsided decision loss challenging then-junior lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia in January.

The third card will take place at the Foxwoods resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Jan. 30. The promoter will be Main Events, whose exclusive deal with NBC Sports Net expires in December and was not renewed.
Darleys PerezCarlos Baeza/Thompson BoxingDarleys Perez, left, is confident entering his vacant interim title shot against Argenis Lopez.
Colombian lightweight Darleys Perez was an undefeated fighter, although largely untested, when he stepped up to face Yuriorkis Gamboa for a vacant interim lightweight belt last June.

Perez lost a unanimous decision to the quicker Gamboa, but returned in December to score a near-shutout eight-round decision against journeyman Dunis Linan in December.

Now the 30-year-old Perez (29-1, 19 KOs) finds himself in another fight of note, taking on Argenis Lopez (19-0, 7 KOs), 24, of the Dominican Republic, for the same now-vacant interim lightweight belt on Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"I've had plenty of time to reflect on my defeat to Gamboa," Perez said. "I've came back with a win against Linan and my confidence is where it needs to be moving forward. Lopez is coming to fight as am I, so I'm expecting to face a fighter who is determined to take food off my table. I'm not going to let it happen. I've worked too hard get back in this position and Lopez better be ready to die in the ring because I am.

"I've only fought once in the last 12 months but I've been training hard while I was on down time. I'm healthy, in great shape, and I'm ready to go the distance if need be. I'm going to Lopez's hometown so I'll be gunning for the knockout as I don't want to leave any doubt in the judges' minds."

The winner will be in position to challenge Richar Abril for the full title, although he has not fought since March 2013, in part because fights have been canceled.

Gary Shaw, Perez's promoter, said he would try to set up an Abril-Perez fight if Perez wins on Saturday.

"If he comes out victorious, which I believe he will, then I'll be working to get him a title shot against the champion, Richar Abril," Shaw said. "Right now he must focus on Lopez and bring home the victory."

Gonzales signs with Shaw

April, 3, 2014
 Thomas Oosthuizen, Brandon Gonzales Will Hart/K2 Promotions Brandon Gonzales, right, who fought to a 2013 draw with Thomas Oosthuizen, has a new promoter.
Super middleweight Brandon Gonzales, who likely will face British contender James DeGale in a title elimination bout, signed with promoter Gary Shaw on Thursday.

Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs), 29, of Sacramento, Calif., had previously been ordered to participate in an eliminator against Maxim Vlasov, but the fight never happened because Gonzales had other promoters claiming that he was under contract. According to Shaw, those issues have been resolved, allowing him to sign with Shaw.

His biggest fight came last June, but he fought to a draw on HBO against the favored Thomas Oosthuizen. He came back from the draw to outpoint Jonathan Nelson in November on the undercard of stablemate Andre Ward's super middleweight title defense against Edwin Rodriguez.

"I know Gary can deliver the big fight," Gonzales said. "All I want is an opportunity to accomplish my goal of becoming a word champion. I've worked my way up the rankings by winning tough fights and now I'm ranked No. 3 by the IBF. I feel the urgency to take my career to the next level and that's why I signed with Gary Shaw. Together I know we can do big things."

Shaw said getting Gonzales a major fight is a priority; he is in position to become a mandatory challenger for the winner of the May 31 rematch fight between titleholder Carl Froch and George Groves.

"Brandon Gonzales is a fighter with a lot of heart and talent and I'm happy he's part of the GSP family now," Shaw said. "He's highly ranked and a nice win will get him in position to fight for a world title. I look forward to Gonzales being in some big fights. He's a tremendous individual who I have a lot of respect for because he has come up the hard way, winning fights without the support that most contenders have on the way up."

Geale calls for GGG showdown

February, 24, 2014
Daniel Geale Matt King/Getty ImagesDaniel Geale, right, is calling out middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin.
Former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale, who returned to the win column Wednesday by knocking out Australian countryman Garth Wood in the sixth round, is now calling for a fight with titleholder Gennady Golovkin.

There’s two ways to look at that. On the one hand, it’s good to see Geale call for a fight with a guy most people do not want to face. GGG has been destroying opponents and is a sure loss for most opponents. On the other hand, it’s kind of easy to call out Golovkin when you have no chance to be his next opponent -- because you already declined the opportunity.

Golovkin returns on April 26 (HBO) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) has already passed on the fight. He claims that because of the date, he cannot face Golovkin because he would have no Australian television revenue because the pay-per-view company that would handle the bout already has a UFC event scheduled the same day.

So what Geale is really doing is throwing his hat into the ring as a candidate for Golovkin this summer, should he defeat likely April 26 opponent Andy Lee.

"My ambition is to recapture a world title and bring it back to Australia,” Geale said. "I will do whatever it takes to regain my status as the middleweight champion of the world. With Wood out of the way, the doors have opened for other big fights. I believe Gennady Golovkin and I would make for a great fight. If HBO can bring that fight to fruition, then I'm all for it. Golovkin needs to fight someone of my caliber to be considered elite. The fans deserve a great competitive fight and that's what Golovkin and I bring to the table.

"I would have fought Golovkin already had there been a PPV date [in Australia], but there was none available. My promoters, Gary Shaw and Garrie Francisco, believe this fight can happen and that's the direction I want to go. The same style I fought against Wood is what I anticipate would be successful against Golovkin. It would be a great fight for the fans."

Geale’s win against Wood was his first since losing his world title by split decision to England’s Darren Barker in a great fight in August in Atlantic City, N.J.

Dulorme-Mayfield in works

February, 18, 2014
The deal is not done yet but a fight between junior welterweights Thomas Dulorme and Karim Mayfield is in the works for HBO’s March 29 “Boxing After Dark” telecast from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., according to the promoters for both boxers.

If the bout is finalized -- and Gary Shaw, Dulorme’s promoter, and Top Rank, which represents Mayfield, are working on it -- it would open the telecast headlined by light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) making his second defense against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs).

The card belongs to Main Events’ Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s promoter, so getting a fight involving Shaw on it was difficult. But HBO, which wanted this specific match, basically gave her no choice but to accept the fight. Shaw once was the chief operating officer of Main Events before a falling out with Duva, after which he left the company and started his own promotional outfit.

Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), 24, of Puerto Rico, remains a quality prospect even after getting knocked out in the seventh round when he was overmatched with Luis Carlos Abregu on HBO in October 2012. Dulorme has won four fights in a row since and this would be his first bout since his recent hiring of trainer Robert Garcia.

Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs), 33, of San Francisco, has been fairly inactive, fighting only once in 2013. But in the fight before that (in October 2012), he outpointed Mauricio Herrera, who is getting a shot at junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia on March 15.

Dulorme makes another change

February, 11, 2014
Last week welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico announced he had left longtime trainer Jose Bonilla to join the stable of Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Calif.

On Tuesday, Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) announced that he has further changed his team, buying out two of the three promoters who owned stakes in his promotional contract.

Gone are Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo of Universal Promotions, who had signed Dulorme along with Gary Shaw in 2012. Shaw will remain as Dulorme’s promoter.

"I bought the parts of my contract that belonged to Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo, but Gary Shaw stays in,” Dulorme said. “I felt that lately those businesses were not going well and I had to do something about it. But this is nothing personal against DiBella and Bustillo because they have been very important in my career and I learned a lot from them. But, still, this is just plain business.

Shaw told ESPN.com he is aiming for the 24-year-old Dulorme to return to action in April.

Dulorme was as a red-hot prospect until he was overmatched against the more experienced and stronger Luis Carlos Abregu, who knocked him out in the seventh round in October 2012. Dulorme has won four fights in a row since.

GGG likely to face Andy Lee

February, 5, 2014

You can cross former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale off the list of potential opponents for Gennady Golovkin’s April 26 HBO fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

You can also cross off James Kirkland, another of the three leading candidates.

You know what that means? That means GGG likely will face former title challenger Andy Lee.

“We're close. We’re talking, and Andy wants the fight,” Lou DiBella, Lee’s promoter, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Andy believes he can win, and this is a fight that he wants.”

Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) is scheduled to face Australian countryman Garth Wood on Feb. 19 in Geale’s first bout since losing his belt to Darren Barker in a great fight in August in Atlantic City, N.J., but he was viewed as the leading candidate to try to slow down the Golovkin train.

But he’s now out of the picture. Geale and promoter Gary Shaw both said that the reason is because if he fights Golovkin on April 26 -- the firm date for Golovkin’s next fight, mainly because that is when the MSG Theater is available -- the bout would not be televised in Australia, where most fights of consequence are on Main Event PPV. On April 26, Main Event PPV is already slated to air a UFC pay-per-view.

With no Australian television revenue, that would leave Geale without an important piece of his overall revenue for a fight with Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), who is coming off last week’s bruising seventh-round knockout of Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo.

“We weren't ducking him," Geale told Fox Sports Australia. “If they had given us a week later or a week before, it would have been perfect. But they wouldn't budge on the date and I want the people of Australia to be able to see a fight like that. Golovkin has built his name up so well; he's stopped pretty much everybody he's been in there with. I don't want to go over there [to the U.S.] and do something great and nobody see it."

Shaw told ESPN.com, “I agree with Geale. He wants his fights to be shown in Australia. Hope he gets the next fight with enough time to secure a TV network. Geale has never been afraid to fight GGG and continues to believe that he has a chance.”

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Didier Baverel/Getty ImagesAfter stopping Osumanu Adama on Saturday, Gennady Golovkin, left, is ready to get back in the ring as soon as April.
Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), the vicious junior middleweight puncher who would have to move up in weight for the fight, was also in the running. In fact, some at HBO preferred him over Geale as GGG’s opponent.

But according to sources involved in the talks, Kirkland’s camp has rejected the fight. Instead, there’s a good chance that Kirkland, of Austin, Texas, will wind up on the April 26 HBO undercard with the understanding that if Kirkland and Golovkin both win they would meet in the summer.

That left Ireland’s Lee (31-2, 22 KOs), HBO’s third choice but the one guy willing to take the fight and the guy who probably can significantly boost ticket sales. New York’s Irish fight fans are very loyal to their fighters.

Lee has won three low-level fights in a row since being destroyed in a seventh-round knockout loss to then-middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June 2012.

I don’t think Lee stands much of a chance against Golovkin, but I didn’t think Geale or Kirkland did either.

Wach pulls out of Jennings fight

November, 30, 2013
Promoter Gary Shaw and HBO thought they had a deal for heavyweight Mariusz Wach to face American up-and-comer Bryant Jennings on Jan. 18 -- until Wach and promoter Global Boxing Promotions pulled out on Friday.

Shaw told ESPN.com that he has “no clue” why Wach and his team pulled out of the fight, but that he had prepared a contract reflecting the terms they had agreed to.

“I prepared the (provision-of-services agreement) and hand-delivered it along with a bout agreement on Wednesday afternoon,” Shaw said. “They pulled out on Friday with no reason (given). Global Boxing Promotions told (HBO’s) Peter Nelson we had a deal and that is what I put in (the agreement).”

Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) is due to fight on the undercard of the Jan. 18 matchup between former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute at the Bell Centre in Montreal in his first fight since recently signing with Shaw and co-promoter Antonio Leonard.

Wach (27-1, 15 KOs), who is from Poland but based in New Jersey, figured to be a solid test for Jennings. Wach went the distance with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a one-sided loss to him in November 2012. Wach, however, had not fought since because he tested positive for steroids after the fight and was suspended.

With Wach out, the search is on for a new opponent to face Jennings. Shaw said some potential opponents have been rejected by HBO (such as Travis Kauffman and Lateef Kayode) while Main Events declined the fight for Czar Glazkov.

Bryant Jennings layoff over

November, 27, 2013
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings fought five times in 2012 (winning all of them) and, because of such regular activity on nationally televised cards, emerged as one of the hottest heavyweights in the division. Then came an utterly forgettable 2013 in which he fought just once against a nobody and slipped from the minds of many.

But now, having signed with a new manager (James Prince) and new co-promoters (Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard), Jennings is primed to get 2014 off to a good start with a high-profile HBO fight.

HBO and Shaw are still haggling over a deal, but Jennings is penciled in to open the Jan. 18 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal on the telecast headlined by the long-awaited light heavyweight showdown between former champion Jean Pascal and former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute.

“I'm really excited about the opportunity for Jennings to appear on HBO. I think this is where a career accelerates to the next level,” Shaw said.

Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs), 29, of Philadelphia, doesn’t have an opponent yet, but the leading candidate is former title challenger Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs), who turns 34 next month. Wach, a native of Poland based in New Jersey, has not fought since heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko routed him in a near-shutout decision in a December 2012 title defense in Germany because he tested positive for steroids after the fight and has been under suspension.

“Wach is a fighter who went 12 rounds with one of the [Klitschko] brothers. He is big, roughly 285 [pounds], 6-foot-8, and will be a terrific test for Jennings, as to whether he can handle a man this size,” Shaw said. “As a heavyweight, he is going to have to fight many different size fighters, unlike a specific weight class, where the size and weight are roughly the same.”

Jennings signs with Shaw, Leonard

October, 9, 2013
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia on Wednesday signed with promoters Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard after buying out his existing agreement with Russell Peltz.

The 29-year-old Jennings, who is closing in on a mandatory title shot, rose quickly thanks to a big 2012 in which he won five televised bouts, including three by knockout. He has fought only once in 2013, a sixth-round knockout of Andrey Fedosov on June 14.

“I'm glad I'm finally moving forward in my career with a great team,” Jennings said. “Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard are two great promoters who have been in this sport for many years and have promoted some of the biggest fights in boxing history. I'm ecstatic to be managed by James Prince, because he's guided the careers of many world champions and his knowledge as a boxing manager is impeccable. It's truly a blessing to have these experienced gentlemen working on my behalf. I'm ready to take my career to the next level.”

Peltz and Prince had been working on making an HBO fight for Jennings against top contender Tomasz Adamek for Nov. 2, but when the deal fell apart, it caused friction between Peltz and Jennings. Ultimately, Peltz sold the contract in a deal engineered by Prince.

“It was strictly a business decision,” Peltz told ESPN.com. “My contract with Jennings was still good. It had close to two years still to run, but I sold the contract. I made a deal with Prince. I thought it was for the best.”

Shaw has seen his fortunes fade with a shrinking stable and some significant defeats, so the signing of Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) is a huge lift for his company.

"First off, I want to say I'm very thrilled to be working side by side with my good friends Antonio Leonard and James Prince," Shaw said. "We've worked harmoniously together in the past when we had [late lightweight champion Diego] Corrales, and it was an astonishing journey. Now we've come together again with an outstanding heavyweight in Bryant Jennings.

“From what I've seen, Jennings has the personality and talent to become a star in this sport. He's a very kind young man who brings an exciting style to the heavyweight division. I'm very pleased to add Jennings to our rich history of great fighters here at [Gary Shaw Productions], and I'm working hard with Antonio and James to get him in a big fight. He'll be in the ring very soon."

Shaw said he is targeting a January return for Jennings.

“We’re going to try to get him on premium cable and get him in with the elite fighters,” Shaw said. “He’s ready for a larger step. He’s gone through the lower ones in the rankings. I got the opportunity to sign him, and I jumped at it.”

Dulorme regroups despite setback

August, 16, 2013
Thomas Dulorme, Carlos AbeguCourtesy of HBOAfter losing to Luis Carlos Abregu, right, in October, Thomas Dulorme is trying to get back on track.
There is no doubt that welterweight Thomas Dulorme took a big step backward when Luis Carlos Abregu knocked him out in the seventh round in October.

At the time, Dulorme was a red-hot prospect. He had been scoring big knockouts and had the attention of the media and HBO, which put on the Abregu fight and was super interested in him.

Since the loss, Dulorme and his team have regrouped, and he is being moved a bit slower. At 23, there is no hurry. He needs to be developed properly and not rushed into a fight he isn’t ready for, which is what happened with Abregu.

Since the loss, Dulorme (18-1, 13 KOs) has won both of his fights against modest opposition, a first-round knockout of Eddie Brooks in Puerto Rico, where Dulorme lives, followed by an eight-round decision against Ben Ankrah in April.

Dulorme’s rebuilding will continue against New York’s Frankie Figueroa (20-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., on the undercard of Daniel Geale’s middleweight title defense against Darren Barker.

While Geale-Barker will air live on HBO along with the junior featherweight title bout between Jonathan Romero and Kiko Martinez, Dulorme-Figueroa will be taped and air on HBO Latino immediately following the conclusion of Geale-Barker, at approximately 12:30 a.m. ET.

"I'm just excited to get back into the ring,” Dulorme said. “Staying busy keeps me focused and motivated. My head is never clearer than when I am preparing for a fight. It takes a toll on most fighters, but I'm centered and very relaxed. I owe the fight game a lot, and I am doing this for my fans, the people who believe in me. I want to show my supporters that their belief in me is based on actual ability, and when I am on top, I will share that moment with those who stuck by me, especially my promoters Gary Shaw, Javier Bustillo and Lou DiBella.”

Even with the setback against Abregu, Dulorme said he believes he can still win a world title.

“If you're not in the sport to become champion, then what's the point? I have every intention on winning a title one day, and I know that it is a real goal, one that I have control of accomplishing,” he said. “I have a strong support group and plenty of people in my corner that believe in me, but from this point on, I must make believers out of everyone else. Come fight night, I will make believers out of anyone who may still have doubts.”

Shaw said he believes Dulorme can regain the form that made him such a dynamic prospect.

“Thomas is a young fighter and young guys are always finding themselves, but he is special because he is so far ahead of his age group,” Shaw said. “The maturity level he displayed after his setback was tremendously inspiring. He will challenge for a world title, and he has the potential to be one of the best fighters in the division period.”