Make that six in a row for Thomas Dulorme…
The 24-year-old Puerto Rican won a 10-round split decision against “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy in a hard-fought junior welterweight fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Dulorme, who scored a first-round knockdown, got off to a hot start to open a big early lead on two scorecards before Lundy finally got going and had a strong second half in the highly entertaining bout.
In the end, two judges favored Dulorme’s better boxing over Lundy’s aggressiveness, scoring it 97-92 and 96-93. The third judge had it 96-93 for Lundy. ESPN.com had it for Dulorme, 96-93.
“He surprised me a little with his game plan and it was a tough fight, but I took my time and am very happy with my victory,” said Dulorme. “I will go back to the gym and keep working hard but I think I deserve a world title shot.”
The opening round appeared to be fairly even until Dulorme caught Lundy with a right hand near the temple to knock him down with about 15 seconds left. But Lundy popped up and seemed OK.
Dulorme, with a reach advantage, kept Lundy on the outside and looked very sharp in the early going. He popped his jab and let his hands go when Lundy got on the inside.
Lundy landed some good shots in the third round, including a left uppercut and a right hand, but Dulorme, who is trained by Robert Garcia, took the punches well.
Lundy had more success in the sixth round, rocking Dulorme with a left hook and forcing him to hold on and clearly making him uncomfortable. That was how it went for much of the second half of the bout.
“It’s a huge win because the Lundy I was afraid would show up showed up,” said Gary Shaw, Dulorme’s promoter. “And then he started to figure Dulorme out and went to the inside. So Dulorme did what he had to do. I think Lundy followed him around instead of cutting off the ring, which played into Dulorme’s jab and movement.”
Shaw said he thought it was a fight from which Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), who won his sixth fight in a row, will learn and grow as a fighter and he hopes to line up a world title opportunity for him.
“We will fight anyone at 140 pounds,” Shaw said. “Hopefully, the major fighters at 140 were watching and it can get a negotiation started. Dulorme is ready to fight for a world title.”