Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1-0, 28 knockouts) added another impressive victory to his resume on Oct. 27, stopping highly-touted prospect, Thomas Dulorme (16-1-0, 12 knockouts), during the seventh round of their encounter at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.
With his dominant performance, Abregu captured the vacant WBC international welterweight title.
Abregu quickly established himself as the better fighter during the fight, and he hurt Delorme with a solid right during the third round, sending the then undefeated prospect to the canvas for the first time in his professional career. Delorme showed a lot of grit by surviving the third, but it was pretty clear who the superior fighter was. Carlos Abregu consistently landed heavy rights, eventually finishing Delorme off in the seventh round.
“He’s never fought a fighter of my caliber… He’s never been hit before,” Abregu said during a post-fight interview with Bill Emes. “They underestimated me. I came here to fight and become a champion, and that’s exactly what I did. … He thought it was going to be an easy fight, but I pulled off the upset. The hard training I did in Argentina and over here in the U.S. made the work easy.”
Delorme really showcased his skills against Delorme, and he’s hoping to avenge his loss to undefeated Timothy Bradley next.
“Of course I want a rematch [against Bradley],” Abregu added. “I want to show the world that my right hand was injured during our last fight. This time is going to be different because I know him now. My hand was hurt the last time; this time, it’s going to be 100 percent.”
Bradley dominated their first encounter, but Abregu has come a long way since then. Given how good Abregu looked on Saturday, a fight between the two doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
However, Bradley seems focused on only fighting big-name opponents, so he might not be willing to put his title on the line against a man he’s already defeated.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.