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Thomas Dulorme: "I will win for Puerto Rico and raise my flag the highest"

Photo © David
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Throughout boxing history, one of the most consistently talented weight classes has been the welterweight division. Today things are pretty loaded at 147; at the top of the division, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao jostle for position. Also in the upper echelons, we have the likes of Timothy Bradley, Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander and a plethora of other impressive fighters. Looking to add his name to the already stacked realm of the welterweights is Thomas Dulorme. The 22-year-old Puerto Rican steps up in class putting his 16-0 (12) record on the line when he meets hard hitting Argentinean Luis Carlos Abregu at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona in upstate New York on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”
 
Anson Wainwright - On Saturday, you fight once beaten Luis Abregu, 33-1 (27), in upstate New York. What do you think of him as a fighter?

Thomas Dulorme - I think he’s a really good fighter and that’s why I’m working so hard to be victorious that night.

AW - It takes place on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” which is a huge platform for you. What are your thoughts on that?
 
TD - I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I want to thank my promoters, Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten here. HBO is a great platform and I worked pretty hard in the gym so I could be victorious and look good on my debut.

AW - In your most recent fight, you went the distance with Yoryi Estrella, though you won every round on all three scorecards. Can you talk us through the fight? Were you happy with your performance?
 
TD - Yes, it was a great fight for me because I needed to work a few rounds before such a big fight on HBO. Estrella came in on the weight in at 149 and on fight night blew up to 172 and came to fight that night. I’m happy with the performance because I fought a light heavyweight and looked good.

AW - So far this year, you’re 3-0 (2). How do you assess your progress this year?

TD - It’s been a good year for me and I’m ready for this opportunity.

AW - Who are the key members of your team? Also where do you regularly train?

TD - My manager is Quique Roman; my trainer is Jose Bonilla; my publicist is Ricardo Rodriguez. My strength coach is Julian Muniz and my promoters are Lou DiBella, Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo. I train at la Escuela de los Deportes in Carolina, Puerto Rico. I’ve been training there since I was eight years old.

AW - Though you now fight out of Puerto Rico, you were actually born in the Dominican Republic. Could you tell us about your early years and how the transition between the two countries came about?

TD - I was actually born in St. Martin, the French side, and then moved to Dominican Republic for a couple of months till I moved for good to PR. I’ve been in PR since I was three years old and it’s all I know. I fight for PR. If you would put me in Dominican Republic or St. Martin for I day, I would get lost. I’m from PR.

AW - You had a very good amateur career. Could you tell us what titles/tournaments you won, if you fought anyone of note? Also what was your final record?
 
TD - I had about 70 fights and won a couple of regional titles here from PR. I became a national champion three times. My final record was 76- 11.

AW - The welterweight division has plenty of talent and some very good champions. Could you comment on the division?

TD - I think it’s pretty loaded with talent. I have to work hard if I want to prove that I’m at their level.

AW - This year, on a personal note you did well in school. Could you tell us about that?

TD - Yes, I have three years in civil engineering and I just finished a two-year drafting degree, which I am really proud of. I really love studying and drawing is a passion that I really have had for a while and that I love.

AW - Away from boxing, what do you like to do with your time?
 
TD - I really like drawing house plans and working on interior designing.
 
AW - Who are your boxing heroes? Who do you like today?

TD - My Puerto Rican boxing hero is [Felix] “Tito” Trinidad and I have a boxer to which I really looked up to: Sugar Ray Leonard. He had everything; if I could do only half of what he did, I would be real happy. The best, in my opinion.

AW - In closing, do you have a message for the boxing world ahead of your next fight?

TD - I’ve trained really hard for this opportunity and I will not let my Puerto Rican people down. I will win for my island and raise my flag the highest. Thank you for the interview. Thanks for your time.
 
Questions and or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright. Anson is also a member of The Ring magazine’s ratings panel.
 
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