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Expectations in certain circles were sky-high for Thomas Dulorme, a 23-year-old Puerto Rican welterweight. Those expectations were reset a bit when he took on Luis Carlos Abregu last October at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y. Dulorme hit the deck in Rounds 3 and 7, and his corner pulled the plug on the kid after that second knockdown.
Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs) will headline a show, promoted by Lou DiBella, at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday, meeting a foe who rates a step down in class from Abregu. The Carolina, P.R., resident will face Eddie Brooks (9-3, 3 KOs), a Phoenix pug who has lost three of his past five and has been only sporadically active in recent years.
DiBella said that he still thinks quite highly of Dulorme, despite the hiccup in October, and believes that a move down in weight to 140 pounds will help the fighter.
"The loss to Abregu was a tough one, but we still fully believe that Thomas has everything it takes to become a world champion," DiBella told NYFightblog. "He's only 23, so he's still learning and growing, both inside and outside of the ring. Our expectations for him are still as high as ever. We always felt that Thomas would be better served fighting at junior welterweight, and are just as excited as he is to see him back in action tomorrow night."
Ivan Redkach, Charlie Ota and Travis Peterkin will also be featured on the Roseland card.