Thomas Dulorme will fight Mayfield

Updated: February 25, 2014, 3:10 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Top prospect Thomas Dulorme and undefeated Karim Mayfield will square off in a notable junior welterweight fight on March 29 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The scheduled 10-round fight will open HBO's "Boxing After Dark" card headlined by light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) making his second defense against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs).

"Dulorme is coming to show the world he's got the talent to be something special in this sport, and Mayfield is no walk in the park," promoter Gary Shaw said. "Dulorme's very comfortable at 140 pounds, and I expect him to be in great shape for this fight. I know if he's focused, he'll come out on top."

Dulorme is moving down from welterweight for the fight.

"I know I made the right move coming down from 147 pounds to 140 pounds," Dulorme said. "My punches carry a lot more pop now, and I'm making the weight with no problems. I feel most comfortable at [junior welterweight]. I know Mayfield has power, so I will be fully prepared for his awkward style. A fight like this is what the fans deserve. My goal is to bring a victory back to Puerto Rico. Mayfield is in danger."

The 24-year-old Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), of Puerto Rico, remains a quality prospect even after getting knocked out in the seventh round when he was moved a bit too quickly into a fight with Luis Carlos Abregu in October 2012. Dulorme has won four fights in a row since the defeat.

Dulorme goes into the fight with Mayfield having recently changed trainers, leaving Jose Bonilla for Robert Garcia. Dulorme is now training in Oxnard, Calif., with Garcia, who trains numerous top fighters, junior lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia (his brother), 2012 fighter of the year Nonito Donaire, featherweight titlist Evgeny Gradovich and former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios.

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 champion Danny Garcia on March 15.

"My style is to always go for the knockout and wear down my opponent," Mayfield said. "I've seen Dulorme fight, and he's got good skills, but I'm a whole different animal. He's going to have to withstand my hard-hitting style, which is not easy to do. I believe if I can catch him with a good shot on his chin, he's going down."

"Dulorme is an excellent boxer, with a great jab, while Mayfield has a rough-house awkward style," Shaw said. "The two of them have good power, and both chins will be tested. I think it's going to come down to who wants it more, which makes for a great night of boxing."

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