NEW YORK -- Thomas Dulorme scored a first-round knockdown and went on to win a 10-round split decision against "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy in a hard-fought junior welterweight fight on Saturday night before 6,532 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Fighting on the undercard of the David Lemieux-Gabriel Rosado middleweight fight, Dulorme got off to a hot start to open a big early lead on two scorecards before Lundy finally got going and had a strong second half of what was a highly entertaining bout.
In the end, two judges favored Dulorme's better boxing over Lundy's aggressiveness, scoring it 97-92 and 96-93. The third judge had it 96-93 for Lundy. ESPN.com had it for Dulorme, 96-93.
"He surprised me a little with his game plan and it was a tough fight, but I took my time and am very happy with my victory," Dulorme said. "I will go back to the gym and keep working hard but I think I deserve a world title shot."
The opening round appeared to be fairly even until Dulorme caught Lundy with a right hand near the temple to knock him down with about 15 seconds left. But Lundy popped up and seemed OK.
Dulorme, with a reach advantage, kept Lundy on the outside and looked very sharp in the early going. He popped his jab and let his hands go when Lundy got on the inside.
Lundy landed some good shots in the third round, including a left uppercut and a right hand, but Dulorme, who is trained by Robert Garcia, took the punches well.
Lundy had more success in the sixth round, rocking Dulorme, 24, of Puerto Rico, with a left hook and forcing him to hold on and clearly making him uncomfortable. That was how it went for much of the second half of the bout.
It looked like Lundy had some chances to do damage in the later rounds as trainer Barry Hunter begged him to let his hands go, but he never could land a big right hand against Dulorme, who seemed more tentative as the fight went on.
"It's a huge win because the Lundy I was afraid would show up showed up," said Gary Shaw, Dulorme's promoter. "And then he started to figure Dulorme out and went to the inside. So Dulorme did what he had to do. I think Lundy followed him around instead of cutting off the ring, which played into Dulorme's jab and movement."
Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs), 30, of Philadelphia, chased Dulorme around in the 10th round as he looked to engage and had Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) backing up and not throwing many punches, but it was not enough as his three-fight winning streak ended. The fight was super close based on CompuBox punch statistics as Dulorme landed 152 of 447 punches (34 percent) and Lundy connected on 151 of 451 (33 percent), although Lundy seemed to land the better shots over the second half of the fight.
"I overcame a knockdown and tried to make it an ugly fight. I had to make it an ugly fight," Lundy said. "I thought I took the later rounds, but early in the fight I didn't stick to the game plan. If I would have stuck to the game plan I would have got him out of there."
Shaw said he thought it was a fight from which Dulorme, who won his sixth fight in a row, will learn and grow as a fighter and he hopes to line up a world title opportunity for him.
"We will fight anyone at 140 pounds," Shaw said. "Hopefully, the major fighters at 140 were watching and it can get a negotiation started. Dulorme is ready to fight for a world title."
Centeno drills De La Rosa
Middleweight Hugo Centeno Jr. (22-0, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth-round knockout of James De La Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs).
Centeno, 23, of Oxnard, California, dropped De La Rosa with a clean left jab in the first round and De La Rosa never got into the fight.
In the fifth round, Centeno stepped into a left hand and caught De La Rosa flush on the chin. He went down face first and crashed to the mat. Referee Pete Santiago did not bother to count, immediately waving off the fight at 2 minutes, 20 seconds.
"My timing was perfect," said Centeno, who is managed by Joel De La Hoya Jr., Oscar De La Hoya's brother. "I've been practicing switching southpaw and on my left hand and it landed beautifully. I felt it."
Centeno was facing his most notable opponent. De La Rosa, 26, of San Benito, Texas, had outpointed tough Alfredo Angulo on Sept. 13 on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view undercard.
• Junior middleweight Eddie Gomez (17-1, 10 KOs), of the Bronx, bounced back from his first loss to rout James Winchester (16-11, 6 KOs), of Reidsville, North Carolina, over 10 rounds. All three judges had the fight a shutout, 100-88. Gomez nearly stopped Winchester in the first round. He dropped him with a hard body shot that crumpled him in a corner and spent the rest of the round hammering him with a relentless follow-up attack.
Winchester was simply outgunned by the much faster Gomez. Perhaps it was frustration of not being able to catch him with anything clean that led to Winchester getting a point deducted for holding and hitting in the seventh round.
Gomez was coming off his first loss, a wide 10-round decision upset to Francisco Santana in June.
• Brooklyn junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa (9-0, 4 KOs) scored two hard knockdowns in a dominating shutout six-round decision victory against Puerto Rico's Jose Miguel Castro (4-2, 2 KOs). All three judges had it 60-52.
Late in the first round, Ochoa put together a hard combination that he finished with cracking right hand and dropped Castro hard. Castro beat the count and made it out of the round, which only had a few seconds left.
Ochoa staggered him with a left hand in the second round and moments later dropped him flat on his back with a flush overhand right on the temple. Castro popped back up and survived the round and the one-sided fight.
• Junior welterweight prospect John Karl Sosa (12-0, 6 KOs), of Puerto Rico, won a clear-cut eight-round decision against Brooklyn's Jason Thompson (5-9-4, 4 KOs), who put up a top-notch effort but not enough to win rounds from the talented Sosa. The judges all had it for Sosa, 80-72, 79-73 and 79-73. The fight was Sosa's first since Golden Boy Promotions signed him to a co-promotional deal, joining his other promoter, PR Best Boxing.
• Light heavyweight prospect D'Mitrius Ballard (8-0, 7 KOs), of Washington, D.C., scored a pair of knockdowns and stopped Tylon Burris (4-3, 2 KOs), of Hartford, Connecticut, at 2 minutes, 57 seconds of the third round. Ballard dropped him to a knee with a left hand in the final seconds of the second round and then finished him with another left hand in the third. Although Burris beat the count, he was in no condition to continue and referee Shada Murdaugh waved it off .
• Washington, D.C., lightweight Lamont Roach (5-0, 2 KOs) scored a first-round knockdown and won a shutout four-round decision against Puerto Rico's Alexander Charneco (2-1, 2 KOs) in a hard-hitting action fight. Roach dropped Charneco to a knee with a combination just as the first round was ending. The judges had it 40-34, 40-35 and 40-35.