Junior welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme is in his first training camp with new trainer Robert Garcia at his gym in Oxnard, Calif., and so far, so good, according to Dulorme.
"I've been here training with Robert Garcia in Oxnard for the last eight weeks,” Dulorme said. “He's a tremendous coach and I'm learning a lot about myself and what I need to improve on. There is always room for growth and Garcia is bringing the best out of me. I've been getting great sparring and I'll be 100 percent ready for [Karim] Mayfield's awkward style."
Puerto Rico’s Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) faces Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round fight on March 29 (HBO) at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The fight will be the televised co-feature on the card headlined by light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) making his second defense against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs).
The 24-year-old Dulorme said the sparring he is getting in Garcia’s camp is the best of his career, although he didn’t say specifically who he is working with -- although there is a lot of talent at Garcia’s gym.
"I don't want to give up the names of my sparring partners but everyone that Garcia has me sparring have excellent professional records and all of them are giving me great work,” Dulorme said. “There are a couple of Russian fighters along with a few Olympians in camp with me. During this camp there is no room to make mistakes or else you will pay for them. These are the best sparring partners I've had for any camp in my pro career."
The winner of Dulorme-Mayfield is one of the candidates to get a title shot against Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14.
Dulorme remains a quality prospect even after getting knocked out in the seventh round when he was moved a bit too quickly into a fight with Luis Carlos Abregu in October 2012. Dulorme has won four fights in a row since the defeat.
He is confident of adding Mayfield, 33, of San Francisco, to his win column. Among Mayfield’s victories is a 2012 decision against Mauricio Herrera, who many believe deserved the decision in his world title fight with Danny Garcia on Saturday night in Puerto Rico.
"Mayfield is a great fighter but he's never faced the type of punches that I'll be throwing at him,” Dulorme said. “I possess speed and power unlike any of Mayfield's past opponents. His awkward style will not be a problem. He also has physical disadvantages that I will exploit. I know he thinks he's unbeatable but I will prove him wrong."