Thomas Dulorme was an emphatic winner on tonight's ShoBox. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Top prospect Thomas Dulorme stayed unbeaten with an easy first round knockout of overmatched replacement opponent Aris Ambriz tonight in the ShoBox main event, improving to 14-0 with his 11th stoppage win.
Dulorme, who just turned 22 a couple weeks ago, looked in control from the get-go against Ambriz (16-3-1, 8 KO). Fighting with confidence and not appearing as though he had any intention of wasting time, he unleashed his left hooks early, finally dropping Ambriz with a pair a little over halfway into the round.
On unsteady legs, Ambriz rose, but it was hopeless at that point. Dulorme went in for the kill, dropped Ambriz with a right hand, and the referee rightly stepped in to end the mismatch before it became any worse.
With a prospect like Dulorme, there has to be an itch to start pushing him up the ranks, fast. He's got big power, but he's also a smart boxer who won't force it, which we saw when he fought DeMarcus Corley in June of last year. At the time, the win wasn't "impressive," because all of Dulorme's hype was raw power thanks to his brutal KO of Harrison Cuello.
But when you re-watch that fight, you see a young fighter with full awareness that veteran "Chop Chop" isn't there to be a stain on the highway, so he doesn't try to press the issue, doesn't get himself in trouble. He showed respect when he should have. When he doesn't need to, he doesn't pull overtime. He goes for the finish, and he does it well.
They could probably give him a serious leap in quality of opposition after this one, and there are plenty of guys at 140/147 who could be an interesting next step. But we'll see where he goes. Physically, he's got the goods, and he appears to be an intelligent fighter. What's left to learn is seeing how he responds to genuine adversity, and that may take a while.