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Azad Championship Report: Abregu Turns Heads; Vazquez and Mayfield Victorious

Azad Championship Report
Azad Championship Report

By Derek Bonnett at Ringside

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, HBO’s Boxing After Dark series returned to Verona, New York, USA for the second time in as many months for a televised triple header of world class boxing. Turning Stone Resort Casino played host to the “HBO Triple Explosion” card. Gary Shaw Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Productions assembled the seven bout card featuring rising star Thomas Dulorme versus Luis Carlos Abregu, IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez defending against Marvin Quintero, and a crossroads bout between Mauricio Herrera and Karim Mayfield. SecondsOut was ringside reporting the action as it unfolded from the preliminary bouts to the main event.


Highly touted welterweight prospect, Thomas Dulorme took a step up in opposition to meet the fierce punching and questionably chinned Argentine Luis Carlos Abregu in the main event in Verona, NY. Dulorme’s fast rise in the rankings of the organizing bodies appeared a bit hasty even though the talent was surely there. Abregu’s inactive streak was a disservice to fans, who came to enjoy his entertaining bouts.

Dulorme opened the bout with a rapid-fire jab while Abregu pursued him without really letting his hands go. The right hand followed once or twice for Dulorme, but it failed to land solidly. The second frame mirrored the first as Abregu failed to get his shots off due to the speedy jab pumping into his face. Dulorme started mixing the angle of his shots in third, but his accuracy with anything other than straight punches was low. Abregu opened up finally midway through the round and dropped Dulorme with a huge right hook at the end of an exchange. Abregu went wild with his hooks and sloppily pushed Dulorme to the canvas, but continued to control the round. Dulorme showed resolve in surviving and outright character in coming back to win the next round in closer fashion. In the closing seconds of the fourth, Abregu was wobbled by a Dulorme combo. Dulorme’s speedy jab went back to controlling Abregu’s punch output to start the fifth. He rocked the Argentine along the ropes with a right hand to reassert his control of the fight. Dulorme led 48-46 after five rounds on my SecondsOut scorecard.


Abregu started throwing his right hand with nothing but bad intentions in the sixth. It found its mark here and there, but not with enough frequency to take the round. Abregu did much better in the seventh and forced Dulorme to hold. A left hook dropped Dulorme for the second time. The Puerto Rican rose before the count of ten, but he did not want to continue and surrendered his unbeaten record. The bout ended at 2:35 of the seventh. Abregu raised his ledger to 34-1 (27). Dulorme dropped to 16-1 (12).


In the second televised bout, Karim Mayfield started off slowly, fighting a game more conducive to Herrera’s strengths on the inside. The opening rounds were close, but Mayfield opened up in the third and began to assert his style over his adversary using speed and well-timed punches. Herrera’s reluctance to be deterred kept him in the thick of the action, but he remained less effective as Mayfield kept his game on the outside. For some reason, Mayfield elected to mix it up on the inside with Herrera in spurts and that made the rounds more competitive than they could have been otherwise. After five rounds, my SecondsOut card had each boxer with two rounds and one even. Mayfield hunted for a big right hand throughout and he landed his share, but Herrera rarely let Mayfield’s attack go unanswered.


Mayfield got back to his game in the sixth and applied more movement to catch Herrera on the outside coming in. Herrera’s lack of defense made him an inviting target for Mayfield. Mayfield’s right hands bounced off Herrera’s throughout round seven and the fight now began to take on a more lopsided turn. Herrera caught Mayfield pulling back twice with his left, but it wasn’t enough to balance the round. Herrera’s toughness became his undoing in the eighth as he accepted right hand after right hand on the chin without even the slightest effort to defend against them. To his credit, he was never hurt, but he lost the round badly. Over the last two rounds Mayfield held his lead, but Herrera gave a spirited finish, which endeared him to the crowd. Mayfield won 98-94 on my SecondsOut card, which included two even rounds. The judges at Turning Stone also gave it to Mayfield by counts of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94. Mayfield stayed unbeaten at 17-0-1 (10). Herrera fell to 18-3 (7).


Miguel Vazquez put his IBF lightweight title on the line for the fourth time against Marvin Quintero. The Guadalajara native has often been overlooked in the top-talk of the lightweight muddle, mostly because he lacks an exciting style. However, the lanky lightweight makes up for that with an overall complete game and diverse punching arsenal. Vazquez applied good movement and countering over the first four frames to assume control of the bout. He did nothing exceptional to win the rounds, but when you hit and don’t get hit in return, those results tend to manifest themselves. Quintero pressured throughout, but was ineffective in mounting a serious offensive.


Quintero found his openings better from the fifth round on and appeared to pocket numerous rounds over the second half of the bout. Each round was difficult to score since neither man did a lot to separate himself from the other. After twelve rounds, my SecondsOut card was one of uncertainty and ruled a draw 114-114. Vazquez was awarded the official verdict by a ridiculous 118-110 and more realistic margins of 116-112 and 113-115 for a split decision. Vazquez improved his record to 32-3 (13). Quintero dipped to 25-4 (21).


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