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Dulorme to headline Feb. 21 DiBella show

Puerto Rican fight fans had high hopes for Thomas Dulorme, a welterweight who lost in his last outing -- a step up fight against Luis Carlos Abregu in October. His corner threw in the towel in the seventh round, but Dulorme, a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, didn't. With his opponent TBD, the 23-year-old gets back on the horse on Feb. 21 at Roseland Ballroom. He tops the Lou DiBella card, which also features young bomber Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11 KOs) and Charlie Ota (21-1-1).

"Thomas suffered a tough loss, but had a great learning experience in his fight with the hard-hitting Abregu," said DiBella, who co-promotes Dulorme with Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo. "His fight on February 21 will be at a reduced weight as Thomas is moving down into the 140-pound division. Both me, Shaw and Bustillo all still expect for Thomas to become a world champion."

The fighter appears to be in the right frame of mind after tasting defeat for the first time as a pro.

"We learned a lot from the Abregu loss," he said. "After that fight, I didn't get down on myself or discouraged. We just went back to the drawing board and began working on and learning new things. I plan on staying in my new division for the time being, but I would love another crack at Abregu down the line, as I know that next time would be very different."