SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2012) – Welterweight Thomas Dulorme and junior middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez remained
undefeated with impressive victories Friday on ShoBox: The New
Generation live on SHOWTIME®.
In the main event, Dulorme (14-0, 11
KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, captured the vacant North American Boxing
Federation (NABF) welterweight title with a devastating 2:12, first-round knockout
over late substitute Aris Ambriz (16-3-1, 8 KOs) of Azusa, Calif.
Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, P.R., opened the telecast with a solid,
hard-fought unanimous 10-round decision over Billy Lyell (24-11-2, 5 KOs), of
Youngstown, Ohio, at Chumash Casino
Dulorme mostly overwhelmed Ambriz,
twice knocking him down, the first time with a powerful left hook. A wobbly
Ambriz, who took the fight on one week’s notice after Jose Reynoso withdrew with an injury, made it to his feet, but moments
after absorbing a couple more solid shots, went down from a right hand that left
him out and flat on his back.
Catch Replay Of Promising Puerto Rican
Next Thursday at 10
p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME
“I was prepared physically and mentally
to go 10 rounds and I didn’t come in looking for a knockout, so for it to end in
the first round was a present for me,’’ said Dulorme, who’s ranked in the top 10
by both the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council
“I’ll be back in the gym on Monday
trying to learn more. That’s what I do best. Every time I step in the gym it’s
all about learning.
Gonzalez, more workmanlike than
spectacular, won a solid fight with continual two-way action by the scores of
98-92 and 97-93 twice. There were no knockdowns.
“I’m happy with the result and the
way this fight went,’’ said Gonzalez, who is ranked by three of the four boxing
organizations and was making his first start in eight months. “I expected a hard
fight and I trained for a tough guy who had fought a lot of good punchers who
couldn’t knock him out. We knew he was a worthy opponent.
“Lyell was tough but it was clear
that I won. I felt I was in control and that I hurt him a couple times. I had a
few rounds where I allowed a couple flurries, but they always hit the gloves and
I was never hurt. I hope to get back into the ring again
Lyell, who comes to win, always
gives his best and had his Youngstown buddy, former world champion Kelly Pavlik in his corner for
introductions, had no complaints with the decision, or the
“He won, probably seven rounds to
three, so I have nothing to gripe about,’’ Lyell said. “My plan was to go in and
back him up, but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t believe how strong he
ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood, who called the
doubleheader alongside blow-by-blow announcer, Al Bernstein was impressed with both
“Dulorme has it all as a prospect,’’
Farhood said. “He has a pleasing personality, good looks, and when he scores a
knockout his opponent is left flat on the canvas, and that separates him from
the pack. He’s as exciting a prospect as we’ve seen on ShoBox in quite a
Speaking of Gonzalez, Farhood said,
“the difference in this fight was clearly Gonzalez’ obvious advantages in size
and strength. The fact his fight went the distance is in no way a negative
because of the quality of opponent he was in with.’’
The Gary Shaw Productions
doubleheader will re-air this week as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 p.m.
ET/PT SHO EXTREME
Friday’s fights will
be available ON DEMAND beginning Monday, Feb. 20.
producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
Upcoming: Tonight/Saturday, Feb. 18, former world champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs)
returns to the ring to face Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9
KOs ) in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.
ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Corpus Christi , Texas ,
undefeated Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) defends his International Boxing
Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title against Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs ). For the first time in network
history, preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8
p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In heavyweight fights, Chris
Arreola faces Eric Molina in a 10-round bout and Malik Scott meets Kendrick Releford in an eight-rounder.
One of the
best, top young prospects in the United States, undefeated welterweight Jesse Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs), faces Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs) in the
10-round main event when ShoBox returns next Friday, Feb. 24, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT,
delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature from Hard Rock Café in Las
Vegas , Nev. , Deandre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) meets Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 9
KOs ) in a 10-round middleweight
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