NEW YORK – Sometimes after a tough night, you just need a confidence-boosting rehab session to get back in the win column. That’s precisely what Thomas Dulorme received Thursday night at Roseland Ballroom when he made short work of the overmatched Eddie Brooks, knocking him out at 1:35 of the first round with a single overhand right. The fight was part of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing.
Dulorme (17-1, 13 knockouts), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, needed the reassurance after suffering a seventh-round knockout loss to Luis Carlos Abregu last October in his HBO debut, a crushing setback for the 23-year-old knockout artist. If that last fight was in the back of his mind, Dulorme didn’t show any signs of it, walking his opponent down until the final blow that dropped him for the count.
One fighter who doesn’t need any additional confidence is Ivan Redkach, the Ukrainian lightweight prospect now training and living in Los Angeles, Calif. Redkach raised his record to 14-0 (12 KOs) by blitzing Sergio Rivera (27-11-2, 17 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico. The time of knockout was 2:06 of the first, after Redkach landed a series of left hands from the southpaw stance that dropped Rivera on a delayed reaction. Rivera rose up at nine but the referee decided he couldn’t continue.
Redkach, 26, came to America in 2009 to begin his pro career after a successful run as an amateur in his native country. He now trains with Mario Morales, who had served as Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s primary southpaw sparring partner and had trained late two-division titleholder Edwin Valero, whom Morales likens Redkach to.
In women’s boxing action, flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells (6-2, 1 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., overcome a rusty start to win a six-round unanimous decision over Jacqueline Park by the scores of 59-55 and 58-56 on the other two cards. Wells, 35, exhibited signs of her 11-month layoff early on as the aggressive Park pressured her against the ropes. Yet by the second half of the fight, Wells’ superior skill gave her the edge needed to pull out the decision.
Wells has split fights with current WBO women’s flyweight champion Melissa McMorrow, defeating her by unanimous decision in 2011 before dropping a decision later that year.
Light heavyweight prospect Travis Peterkin (7-0, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn turned in an impressive performance, pounding out Thomas Turner (3-3, 2 KOs) at 2:10 of the third round. Turner never went down but sustained a punishing assault from start to end, beginning with a bloody nose in round one and culminating with an accurate barrage of punches from Peterkin that compelled the ref to intercede.
Also, former New York amateur standout Patrick Day (2-0, 2 KOs), of Freeport, N.Y., scored an easy victory over Dominique Foster (2-2-1) when Foster quit after the first round citing an unknown injury. Day, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation at 152-pounds as an amateur before turning professional, won the USA Boxing National Championships, PAL National Championships and New York Daily News Golden Gloves in 2012.
Japan-based junior middleweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15 KOs) was scheduled to fight on the card but his bout was nixed at the weigh-in after the opponent failed his medicals.
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