Jamal James and Thomas Dulorme proved to be well-matched opponents at the main event as the Premier boxing champions returned to FOX tonight from Los Angeles, and it was more or less the case, but James s ‘is pulled out in the second half of the bout to secure a win decision and take the interim WBA welterweight title.
James won by scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111. Bad Left Hook had the fight 116-112 and 117-111 for James.
James (27-1, 12 KOs) clinches his seventh straight victory after a then-upset loss in 2016 to Yordenis Ugas, who has aged quite well as Ugas has since become one of the best and possibly the most avoided fighter in welterweight . division.
Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KOs) was competitive as he usually is, but the 30-year-old Puerto Rican missed a bit again in a big opportunity as James just passed him and clinched too many. shots, especially in the second half of the fight, as Dulorme began to fade, leading to multiple verbal assaults between rounds as coach Joel Diaz tried – and apparently largely failed – to motivate his fighter .
James, 32, is now fairly officially “in the mix” at 147; even if you don’t have it in the top 10, and the highest you can really reasonably have it is # 8, he’s on a good run, has a good record, and although the interim titles do not usually guarantee anything in boxing, it means it has the attention of the WBA.
For what it’s worth, the 147-year-old WBA “super world” champion is Manny Pacquiao, and their currently vacant “world” title – which shouldn’t exist, but that’s another story – will be up for grabs. September 6 between the two. Ugas and Abel Ramos. It’s not inconceivable that we could end up with an Ugas-James rematch by the end of 2020 or early 2021. (They also have a “gold” title, held by Vergil Ortiz Jr, if you will. complete the set here.)
Omar Juarez UD-6 Willie Shaw Jr
Juarez, a 21-year-old junior welterweight prospect from Brownsville, Texas, goes 8-0 (4 KOs) with a clear, if not exciting, decisive victory over Shaw (12-2, 8 KOs), a 28-year-old from California whose approach to boxing is not to be hit, but without the “hit” part that usually comes before that old chestnut.
There is some value in being a young fighter when facing someone like Shaw, who is athletic and a little slick but doesn’t reject enough to be a real danger. You do rounds with this guy and get different looks, but it’s not particularly fun to watch, no. But Juarez passed the test, winning with scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54. BLH had 59-55 and 60-54 for Juarez.
David Morrell Jr UD-12 Lennox Allen
It was for a provisional WBA title at 168 pounds, with Cuban top prospect Morrell (3-0, 2 KOs) doing a bit of testing here against Allen (22-1-1, 14 KOs), a 35-year-old a veteran who had never really faced anyone but proved capable and astute, although a little overwhelmed by the skills of 22-year-old Morrell.
The scores here were 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108. BLH had the Morrell 117-111 fight on both of our maps, so slightly tighter but with a clear winner.
Morrell has some good skills, obviously still young and developing, and whatever gem you put on here Allen is a far cry from the real class guys at 168 pounds, but he’s a promising young fighter and obviously has some gifts, great amateur experience in the Cuban system, and he fights – at least so far – with real confidence. We’ll see how he moves up through the ranks, but he could also drop an extra 5-10 fights right at this level as well, depending on what comes up.
Lucas Santamaria UD-10 Mykal Fox
An upheaval here in the last fight in the air for the night, the main FS1 ‘postlims’ event, as Santamaria (11-1-1, 7 KOs) fought essentially the good fight, and the player of 22-year-old from Garden Grove, Calif., Knocks out 24-year-old Fox (22-2, 5 KOs), who suffered a breakout in 2019.
Santamaria, who was taking a big step forward in the competition, said he would put pressure on the much taller Fox, who stands just under 6’4 ”as a 140/147 pound fighter, with Santamaria not short for weights at 5’8 ”himself, but still dropping a ton of height.
Fox never really worked effectively from a distance, and Lennox Lewis felt that maybe it gave the judges the impression that while he landed good things up close, Fox was fighting the wrong fight, that he was. , and therefore lost, which was more debatable. .
CompuBox’s numbers were about as close as they get overall here, but Santamaria had something of an advantage in strong punches and did some good bodywork. BLH had it 95-94 for Santamaria, while the official judges had it a 96-93, 97-92 and 99-90 wider.
As mentioned, Fox had a breakout year in 2019, losing a controversial decision to Shohjahon Ergashev before upsetting former Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, and he ended the year with wins over Eudy Bernardo and John. Arellano too. He looked like a real potential problem at 140, but he needed a fight and ran into a guy with the right plan. Santamaria is now someone to keep in mind at 147 as he has a loss, but it happened in 2015 when he was 17 and a baby in the game. He also drew with Marquis Taylor in June 2019, but it marks a second straight win for him and a springboard from which he can do it.
Vito Mielnicki Jr. TKO-2 Chris Rollins
Rollins (3-2, 2 KOs) protested against referee Jerry Cantu’s second round stoppage, but it was a pointless drill, really, and he was beaten by 18-year-old Mielnicki (6-0, 4 KO). Mielnicki was working and passed the Rollins, 30, and doing some damage. Rollins looked constantly shaken. The save was good, and Mielnicki gets another win on television. It is years to really do something big, but we get a consistent look at his development as a welterweight prospect.
Michael Coffie TKO-5 Luis Pena
Two heavyweights getting a TV spot in These Trying Times. Coffie (10-0, 7 KOs) dropped Pena (6-1, 6 KOs) twice, once in the third on a left counter hook that caught Pena on top of the head, and again in the fifth when he landed three left hooks in response to Pena’s landing.
Pena, 25, probably has the best skills compared to Coffie, 34, but Pena is a 5’11 ”, 230 pound guy, and Coffie is a huge dude, 6’5 ” and weighed 279 for this fight, and it’s a solid 279. Pena just couldn’t do much with Coffie’s size and the natural power advantage. Coffie, a New Yorker, is 34 and still fights at that level, so that’s what it is, but who knows?