Terence Crawford stops Thomas Dulorme in six, wins WBO 140-lb. belt
Former RING/WBO lightweight champ Terence Crawford won the WBO 140-pound title on Saturday in Arlington, Texas with an impressive sixth-round stoppage of Thomas Dulorme. Crawford made up for a slow start by scoring three knockdowns in Round 6.
The 27-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native took his time as he took Dulorme’s measure in the opening rounds, content to allow the talented 25-year-old Puerto Rican boxer to out-jab and outwork him. However, Crawford (26-0, 18 knockouts) began to find his rhythm and the mark with accurate counter punches by Round 3. By the end of Round 4 the normally reserved switch-hitter even showboated a little bit, perhaps knowing that he had figured out Dulorme’s fast but basic boxing style.
At the start of Round 6, Crawford connected with a hook-cross combination that staggered Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) into the ropes where the more-complete fighter quickly closed in and put the soon-to-be twice-beaten boxer down on one knee. Dulorme popped up in survival mode and was soon overwhelmed by Crawford’s two-fisted follow-up, which produced the second knockdown. A surgical head-body attack sent Dulorme to the canvas a third time, which was enough for referee Rafael Ramos to step in and wave the contest off.
“I thought I had a hell of a performance,” Crawford said after the fight. “I felt stronger (fighting at 140 pounds). My coaches told me (to hold back in the early rounds), then they said to step it up going into Round 6. I feel like I’m versatile. I can do whatever.”