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Dulorme and Latimore Headline Berto-Ortiz Undercard

Saturday night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Victor Ortiz’s victory over previously undefeated Andre Berto to claim the WBC Welterweight Title captivated the sellout crowd, but the enthusiastic patrons were treated to an exciting group of six undercard bouts before the bell to begin the Fight of the Year candidate even rang.

In the headlining on the undercard, undefeated welterweight prospect Thomas “The French” Dulorme (11-0-0, 10 KOs) defeated veteran journeyman Harrison Cuello (20-16-3, 15 KOs) by spectacular second round knockout. Utilizing superior speed and footwork to set up combinations, Dulorme cruised through round number one.

With thirty seconds elapsed in the second round, Carolina, Puerto Rico’s Dulorme sent Cuello to the canvas with a pair of straight left hands. After receiving the mandatory standing eight count from referee Johnny Callas, Dulorme cautiously treaded forward, picking his shots carefully to avoid being countered. At 1:27 of the round, Dulorme timed a lethal hook perfectly, which knocked Cuello out cold before he hit the canvas. The knockout, strikingly similar to Sergio Martinez’s second round knockout of Paul Williams, confined Cuello to the floor for nearly six minutes, until he was escorted out of the ring under his own power. “Thomas Dulorme is one of the most devastating young punchers,” promoter Lou DiBella said. “He is the entire package. Within a year he will be challenging for a world title.”

Equally impressive in his undercard performance was former IBF Light Middleweight Title challenger Deandre Latimore (22-3-0, 17 KOs) against battle tested Dennis Sharpe (17-7-3, 4 KOs). Sharpe was never deemed to be a threat to Latimore, but his résumé, packed with fights against Giovanni Lorenzo, Pawel Wolak, Andy Lee, James “Buddy” McGirt Jr., Ronald Hearns, and Peter Quillin, made him a game opponent against Latimore, who had been out of the ring since July of 2010. Latimore used the eight round contest as a glorified sparring session, boxing circles around Sharpe and trading power shots on few occasions. Courtesy of slick boxing and experience in the ring, Latimore picked up the unanimous decision victory 80-72 on all three judges’ scorecards. As for Sharpe, he remains winless in his last nine fights, a streak dating back to May of 2004.

Joseph Elegele (12-0-0, 10 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida, returned to the Northeast boxing circuit to stop Angel Hernandez (14-10-0, 11 KOs) in an exciting welterweight fight scheduled for four rounds. Following a wild exchange of power shots over the first minute of the first round, Elegele caught the off balance Hernandez with a jab. Realizing that his opponent was not hurt, Elegele elected not to go in for the finish, instead opting to box conservatively for the final two minutes.

In round two, Elegele employed the same strategy of leading with the jab to set up two punch combinations to the body, and the game plan paid off 2:52 into the round. Dodging a hook by Hernandez, Elegele dove in with a piercing left hook to the liver. Hernandez could not reach his feet be the end of the count, and Elegele was declared the winner by second round knockout.

Continuing the trend of undefeated prospects earning victories, local Connecticut favorite Luis Rosa (6-0-0, 5 KOs) battled Joseliz Cepeda (4-2-0, 0 KOs). The fight featured many entertaining exchanges, the most of which Rosa got the better of. Throughout the bout, Rosa landed clean, effective punches to both the midsection and head of his overmatched opponent. Following a five second swap of power shots against the ropes, Rosa downed Cepeda with a left-right hook combination. Cepeda stood up at the count of eight, but a powerful left uppercut-left hook combination scored the second knockdown of the round, and gave referee Dick Flaherty no choice but to stop the bout at 1:12 of round five.

In the lone female attraction of the evening, Soya “The Scholar” Lamonakis (5-0-0, 1 KO) took on Gigi Jackson (2-2-0, 0 KOs) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for four rounds. Lamonakis, a school teacher from New York, New York, countered Jackson’s punches with ease. Sonya’s shots penetrated the guard of Jackson, and despite a hefty size advantage of approximately fifty pounds, Jackson was unable to use her strength effectively. Following a relatively fan pleasing fight, include a fourth and final round with multiple power shot exchanges against the ropes, Lamonakis was awarded the fight by unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).

Finally, J’Leon Love (6-0-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Dearborn, Michigan, took on Guyana’s JC Peterson (1-11-0, 0 KOs). Love opened and closed the bout with a strong body assault, and as a result of a myriad of hooks landing flush on Peterson, the undefeated middleweight forced a stoppage by Dick Flaherty at 2:13 of round two.

On a night which will forever be remember for a classic slugfest in the main event, the action got off to a favorable start with impressive performances on the undercard, assuring that nobody at the sold out MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, including Paulie Malignaggi, Luis Collazo, rapper 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather, Peter Manfredo Jr., and Andy Lee among others, would be left with an unfilled appetite for the sweet science.

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