Thomas Dulorme scored a clear decision win last night over Karim Mayfield in the HBO Boxing After Dark co-feature, moving back down to 140 pounds and picking up the vacant NABF title in the process.
Though Dulorme (21-1, 14 KO) and Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KO) didn't provide a lot of excitement, it was still a good win for the Puerto Rican, and could lead to bigger things sooner than later. Dulorme believes he's headed to the next level going forward.
"Tonight, I wanted to show the world that I'm a force in the junior welterweight division," Dulorme said after the fight. "Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power, but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level, and I believe I'm the best junior welterweight in the world.
"My promoter Gary Shaw said he wants to see me in a big fight with a world champion in the near future. I'm ready to fight the best. Shaw and I are ready to take on all comers. I dedicate this fight to my people back home in Puerto Rico."
Shaw was pleased with Dulorme's performance, as you would expect.
"Dulorme showed great poise tonight against a power puncher who likes to brawl," said Shaw. "He's now in position to challenge any of the champions at 140 pounds, and I'll talk with his team to see what we can put together. This is a great win for Dulorme, and I'm proud of his accomplishments thus far. Garcia and Ariza are doing a great job with him, and I'm happy they've united. He's on his way to big time fights."