Top junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KO's) from Puerto Rico, along with his team led by Puerto Rican trainers, Anthony 'Gallero' Otero and Félix Pagan Pintor, are feeling highly confident about their world title bout against Terence 'Bud' Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), who was the 2014 'Boxer of the Year' and former WBO Lightweight world champion. The Crawford vs Dulorme bout will be for the vacant WBO junior welterweight world title on Saturday, April 18th, at the College Park Center located at the University of Texas, Arlington. The bout will be televised live as part of a split-site doubleheader on HBO beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Dulorme on fighting for the people of Puerto Rico...
"There is no better feeling than to train in my country. It gives me so much confidence and being at home motivates me even more because I get to see the people which I represent with pride and honor. We want to show the world that Puerto Rico will continue to produce more world champions".
Dulorme on working with his new team of trainers...
"I have complete trust in my team's game plan to defeat Crawford. I like the mix of dynamics between my trainers which combine the new and old school styles of boxing. Pintor is old school and Otero brings a fresh mind in to game. They are both contributing to what has turned out to be a great training camp".
Dulorme on Terrance Crawford as a fighter and the matchup...
"Crawford is one of the best fighters in the world. He's been awarded "Fighter of the Year" by many media outlets because he had a tremendous year in 2014. He's moving up in weight where he's entering into uncharted territory though. I feel I have the advantage being that I've fought at this weight several times. I'm the bigger man and I plan to impose my will on him."
"I'm very pleased with Dulorme and his new team of trainers," said Gary Shaw. "The fact that he's training at home in Puerto Rico makes me feel good because I know his countrymen are there supporting his every move. We are only a few weeks away from fight night and I'm confident I'm going to be the promoter of a new world champion. The people of Puerto Rico will have a huge star they can call their own."
"It's a dream come true for us to come together and help prepare Dulorme for the biggest fight of his career." said Dulorme's co-trainer Anthony Otero. "From the first day I worked with Dulorme, I knew that the preparation for the fight was destined to be on a great path and has proven to be so to this day".
"Dulorme is in excellent condition," stated Felix Pagan Pintor, who has worked over 60 world championship bouts with legendary fighters such as Wilfredo Gomez, Hector 'Macho' Camacho, Edwin 'Chapo' Rosario, Ivan Calderon, Paul Williams, Carlos Santos, among others. "From the way he has performed in training and sparring, I foresee that on April 18th, Puerto Rico will have a new world champion."
Richy Miranda, Dulorme's advisor and president of the ADM (Artists Designs Management) company commented, "We were very selective in choosing an experienced and highly committed quality team. Every day during training camp, the atmosphere is very positive and the work being done is exceeding all expectations. There is no doubt that Dulorme will defeat Crawford and join the ranks of all the Puerto Rican champions before him."
Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme are on sale now. Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online at www.utatickets.com or www.utacollegpark.com or by phone at (817) 272-9595.