Thomas Dulorme faces Aris Ambriz in tonight's ShoBox main event. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Tonight's double-header on ShoBox: The New Generation is live at 11 p.m. EST from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., and Bad Left Hook will be here with round-by-round coverage and immediate post-fight results.
In the main event, Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme looks to add another win to his record when he meets up with Aris Ambriz in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds. Dulorme (13-0, 10 KO) has big power and looks like a fairly polished fighter for a 22-year-old kid who hasn't had much pro experience, and is the heavy favorite (-5000) tonight against Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KO).
The 26-year-old Ambriz is a replacement opponent tonight, and the third man chosen for the job. Dulorme was originally scheduled to face Jose Reynoso, who came down ill, and then was set to face Terrance Cauthen, who bailed before signing on, too. Ambriz was seen by the diehards last May on Showtime Extreme, deep on the Pacquiao vs Mosley undercard, losing to Pier Olivier Cote.
Dulorme sparred with Marcos Maidana to prepare for this fight, and shouldn't have much trouble.
In the co-feature, another Puerto Rican prospect will get a chance to shine, as junior middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KO) takes on American gatekeeper Billy Lyell (24-10, 5 KO). Lyell has challenged for a world title in the past, but that was more an emergency call-up to the big leagues than any indicator of his being a top fighter. Lyell is OK, and the right sort of test for Gonzalez at this stage.
Gonzalez, 22, has been a bit of a mixed bag thus far in his pro career. Though his record and KO rate are impressive, he hasn't been spectacular in his last couple of fights, wins over Richard Gutierrez (UD-10) and Rudy Cisneros (TKO-7). He gets hit more than you might like to see, and has some sloppy habits. Lyell is an interesting test for him.