Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: A packed house at Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan watched rising star Thomas Dulorme show what it means to overcome a defeat. Back in October of 2012, Dulorme was stopped in his previous fight for the vacant WBC International welterweight belt by ranked welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu in seven rounds. Not to be discouraged, he came back four months later to demolish Eddie Brooks in less than a round.
DiBella Entertainment put on a knockout of a show as all the fights, except for the ladies, ended in quick KOs.
What a first start after a first defeat; Thomas Dulorme 143, Carolina, PR, 17-1 (13 KOs), the definition of a hot prospect, came out blazing with accurate, powerful jabs that had an overwhelmed Eddie Brooks 148, Scottsdale, AZ, 9-4 (3 KOs), looking for the back door. Dulorme helped him find it with an overhand right that landed on the face dropping a badly hurt Brooks on the canvas for the count by referee Gary Rosato. Time of the KO; 1:35 of round one.
Another rising star Travis Peterkin 175, Brooklyn, NY, 7-0 (4 KOs), dominated tough Thomas Turner, 173, Weiser, IN, 3-3 (2 KOs) working his jab then throwing both hands to Turner’s head. Turner looked like a bobble head as he tried unsuccessfully to cover up. Turner tried to fight back tossing ineffective hooks to Peterkin’s body. Turner had that tough look that you see at tough man contests, but he just didn’t have the skills to handle a fighter of Dulorme’s talent and power.
Turner’s nose bled from the opening round, but nothing appeared to hurt him until late in the third, Peterkin slowed his roll a little, took better aim with his punches and finally caused Turner to stumble. When he was again backed into ropes and battered to the head without a return, referee Fields had seen enough ending matters at 2:10 of the third frame.
Knockout artist, Ivan Redkach 138, Los Angeles, CA, 14-0 (12 KOs), was looking for the knockout from the get go. He hammered opponent Sergio Rivera 137, Sonoma, Mexico, 17-11-2 (10 KOs), until he finally landed a series of shots to the head ending with a left that caused a delayed knockdown. When Rivera got up he clearly wanted out and referee Murdaugh accommodated him, stopping the fight at 2:06 of the first round.
Keisher McLeod-Wells 109, Brooklyn, NY, 6-2 (1 KO),out fought tough Jacqueline Park 110, Burlington, Ontario, 0-2, over six action packed rounds. They traded punches for every minute of every round. The Judges scored it 58-56 twice and 59-55 all for McLeod-Wells. Murdaugh refereed.
It was all Patrick Day 154, Freeport, NY, 2-0 (2 KOs), all day as he dominated Dominque Foster 154, Colombus, OH, 1-2-1 (0 KOs), in the first frame. Foster remained on his stool claiming an injury to his neck between rounds and did not answer the bell for round two. Gary Rosato refereed.
Louis Cruz 141, Washington Heights, NY, 2-0 (2 KOs), split the first two rounds with Demond Brock 143, New Orleans, LA, 3-2 (2 KOs), with southpaw Cruz starting out with jabs and straight lefts that had Brock fighting defensively. In the next frame Brock picked up his pace and pressed Cruz, but was not able to hurt him, but when they traded lefts in the third, Cruz’ was first and hardest decking Brock for the count at 1:12 of the round. David Fields refereed.
Neuky Santelises, 132, Washington, Heights, NY, 4-0 (3 KOs) powered through game but out classed Denis Madriz 130, San Francisco, CA, 1-1-1 (1 KO), when he opened up at the start with both hands firing bomb trapping Madriz on the ropes and knocking out his mouthpiece prompting referee Shada Murdaugh to end it in the first round at the 46 seconds mark of the first round.
**AROUND THE RING**
Seen and heard at ringside were HBO’s Harold Lederman, former middleweight contender John Duddy, popular lightweight Jorge Teron, Ex-champ Junior Jones, former title challenger Dmitriy Salita, and Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Rasheda Ali.
**ALI, ALI, ALI**
The lovely Ms. Ali said that her dad was doing great and has no regrets, “He’s doing amazing,” she said. “He travels so much so we don’t see him that often.” He works hard to battle his illness; “He has special exercises because working out is very important for people with Parkinson’s.”