Dulorme adds Garcia as trainer

Robert Garcia, right, who trains several top fighters, is regarded as one of the best in the business. Courtesy Team Dulorme

Welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico has made a big change to his team, leaving longtime trainer Jose Bonilla to train with Robert Garcia at his gym in Oxnard, Calif.

Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), 24, was as hot as any prospect in boxing until he ran into Luis Carlos Abregu and got knocked out in the seventh round in October 2012. Dulorme was simply not ready for that level of fight yet.

Since then, Dulorme has been moved slowly but won four fights in a row and now has made the trainer change.

"I needed to see a change in my workouts, learn new things, but I want to make clear that my former trainer, Jose Bonilla, will always be a part of my team because I am very grateful for what he has done for me in my career, as a trainer and currently as a manager,” Dulorme said.

Bonilla co-manages Dulorme along with Enrique Roman. “Garcia has an extensive world-class experience. I'll be grabbing like a sponge all of his knowledge. And let me not forget about the great quality sparring partners that are here [in Oxnard].”

Garcia trains several top fighters, including welterweight titlist Marcos Maidana, junior lightweight titlist (and his brother) Mikey Garcia, 2012 fighter of the year Nonito Donaire, featherweight titlist Evgeny Gradovich and former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios.

Dulorme, who last fought Nov. 30, said co-promoter Gary Shaw told him he would probably next fight in April.

"I just want the bell to ring so I can bring another victory to my people of Puerto Rico that are in my heart, even though I'm here in California,” Dulorme said.