Team Puerto Rico Fighters
On Boricua Invasion I Undercard
On the ESPN-televised undercard, tonight at the Boricua
Invasion I event at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, Team Puerto
Rico's Thomas Dulorme won his first professional title, the
vacant NABA Welterweight Championship, tonight by way of a
dominant 10-round unanimous decision over former world
champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley.
Carolina, Puerto Rico's Dulorme (12-0, 10 KO's) was in
control all the way, even dropping Washington, DC's Corley
(37-18-1, 22 KO's) with a left hook in the third round, but
the cagey Corley kept it interesting by doing just enough to
deny the monstrous punching Dulorme his eleventh consecutive
It was a learning experience for the highly promising
puncher, who hadn't seen round three since 2008. "I fought
intelligently behind my jab so I could dominate the fight,"
said Dulorme, post-fight. "Corley was looking for one big
shot. That's why I couldn't put too much pressure on him.
He's a guy with a lot of experience, but I feel I fought a
lot smarter than he did."
Also on the undercard, but televised on ESPN Deportes, Team
Puerto Rico super prospect Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (3-0, 3
KOs) put on a body punching clinic against Minot, North
Dakota's Tomi Archambault (1-2, 1 KO), stopping him in the
first round (2:21).
A media darling in his homeland because of his enormous
potential, Pedraza admitted he knew he had his man very
early on. "I felt I had the fight after I connected the
first punch. I already know I could knock him out."
Pedraza's co-promoter, Lou DiBella (along with Gary Shaw of
Gary Shaw Productions) heaped lofty praise on his young
prospect. "Jose is the most poised fighter I've seen since
Oscar De la Hoya. He's truly blessed."
"I'm very happy to have this victory on ESPN," Pedraza
continued. "I was very well-prepared and tonight we saw the
Saturday's Boricua Invasion II will feature four more
members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis "Orlandito"
Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight
Jonathan "Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard
Gutierrez for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight
Championships; and light welterweight Hector Sanchez vs.
Vincent Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto
Rico light welterweight Jorge "Machito" Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2
KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born
light welterweight Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of
Brooklyn. The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be
broadcast live on Showtime: The New Generation.
Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are
priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through
Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster
outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the
action starts at 7:30.
For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella
Entertainment at 212-947-2577.
The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in
New York City.
All bouts are subject to change.
For more information, visit
www.latinoboxing.com. For more information on the Roseland