By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Thomas Casulli/Casulli.com
Thomas Dulorme (17-1, 13 KOs) made a triumphant return to the ring on Thursday before a packed Roseland Ballroom in New York City, wasting little time in dispatching the overmatched Eddie Brooks (9-4, 3 KOs) of Scottsdale, AZ. The fight served as the main event of a seven bout Broadway Boxing card promoted by Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment.
In his first bout after suffering a tough TKO loss at the hands of Argentinean strongman Carlos Abregu, Dulorme briefly displayed the combination of speed, power and poise that have many mentioning him as a future great from the boxing rich island of Puerto Rico.
Dulorme controlled the first half of the round with a stiff jab and powerful left hooks to the body. The Puerto Rican then launched a left jab, right hand combination that ended at the tip of Brooks’ chin, knocking the fighter off his feet. Brooks tried to rise, but later crumbled to the canvas a second time. Referee Gary Rosado counted Brooks out at 1:35 of the very first stanza.
Dulorme plans to return to the junior welterweight division, where his team feels that he is more powerful, despite his previous struggle to make the 140 lb weight limit. Dulorme weighed in at 143 lbs for this contest, while Brooks, who accepted the bout on short notice, tipped the scales at 148 lbs.
In the night’s co-feature, Los Angeles native Ivan “Junito” Redkach continued to impress, improving his record to 14-0 (12) by quickly knocking out Sergio Rivera (17-11-2, 10 KOs) in the first round of a junior welterweight bout.
Redkach, whose nickname, tattoos and fighting style mimic his idol Miguel Cotto, charged Rivera from the opening bell behind a hellacious body attack and huge straight left hands. After a body shot doubled Rivera over, Redkach landed a series of booming uppercuts that convinced the Mexican to take a knee. Rivera looked like he could beat the count, but he informed referee Shada Murdaugh that he did not want to continue. The time of the stoppage was 2:06.
On the undercard, Brooklyn light heavyweight “The Notorious” Travis Peterkin (7-0, 4 KOs) kept his record intact, blasting out the tough-as-nails Thomas Turner (3-3, 2 KOs) in 3 rounds. The southpaw Peterkin was too much for Turner, landing blistering uppercuts and heavy right hooks that bloodied the Idaho native in round one. Peterkin continued to land power shots in round two, but Turner kept his composure and attempted to counter with big right hands and left hooks. Undeterred, Peterkin turned up the heat in round three, landing left hand after left hand to Turner’s head. With Turner wobbling against the ropes, referee David Fields spared him any additional punishment, waving off the bout at 2:10 of the round.
In the female bout of the night, Brooklyn flyweight Keisher McLeod (6-2, 1 KO) won a workwomanlike six round unanimous decision over Canadian Jacqueline Park (0-2). Scores were 59-55, 58-56 (2x).
Junior middleweight Patrick Day (2-0, 2 KOs), out of Freeport, NY, had an easy day at the office when opponent Dominique Foster (1-2-1) elected not to continue after round one. Day dominated the first round with a stiff jab and a few body shots. Foster fought back bravely but seemed out of breath towards the end of the round. The Columbus, OH native quit on his stool, claiming he could not continue due to a neck injury. Gary Rosado had no choice but to halt the contest.
Bronx native Louis Cruz improved his record to 2-0 (2) with a spectacular third round knockout of Demond “Body Shot” Brock (3-2, 2 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. The switch hitting Cruz cut Brock with a left hook in round one with a left hook. Brock lived up to his nickname in round two, winning the round behind a furious body attack. The competitive bout ended suddenly in round three, as the fighters traded hooks and Cruz’s shot got there first, sending Brock crashing to the canvas. Brock struggled to his feet but could not beat referee David Fields’ count. Time was 1:12.
In the opening bout of the evening, Washington Heights lightweight Neuky Santelises (4-0, 3 KOs) wasted no time with opponent Denis Madriz (1-1-1, 1 KO), immediately hurting the Californian and teeing off on his wounded foe until referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the contest at 0:46 of round one.
The card was also scheduled to feature a heavyweight contest between Ecuadorian-born and Queens based Ytalo Perea and Ray Lopez, but the bout was called off at the last minute, as Lopez failed his pre-fight medicals due to high blood pressure.