Jamal James Defeats Thomas Dulorme on FOX

By Caryn A. Tate on August 8, 2020

James never seemed to take Dulorme for granted. (Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions)

Saturday night, FOX aired its first boxing broadcast since the coronavirus quarantine began. The main event was for the interim WBA world welterweight title between Jamal James (27-1, 12 KOs) and Thomas Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KOs).

 

During the broadcast, FOX announced several upcoming Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) events:

  • Aug 22: Shawn Porter vs. Sebastian Formella on FOX

    • Undercard:

    • Sebastian Fundora vs. Nathaniel Gallimore

    • Joey Spencer vs. TBA

  • Aug 29: Erislandy Lara vs. Greg Vendetti on FOX

    • Undercard:

    • Alfredo Angulo vs. Caleb Truax

    • 6-round fight TBA

  • Sept 6: Yordenis Ugas vs. Abel Ramos on FOX (for the WBA “minor” world title)

    • Undercard:

    • Rances Barthelemy vs. Alberto Puello

    • Jesus Ramos vs. TBA

  • Nov 7: TBA on FOX

  • Nov 21: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia on FOX PPV

  • Dec 26: TBA on FOX

 

 

On FS1 & FOX Deportes, no names were revealed but the dates were:

  • Aug 22 (following FOX broadcast)

  • Aug 29 (before FOX broadcast)

  • Sept 6 (before FOX broadcast)

  • Sept 23: TBA

  • Oct 3: TBA

  • Nov 4: TBA

  • Nov 14: TBA

  • Nov 21 (before FOX broadcast)

  • Dec 5: TBA

  • Dec 26 (before FOX broadcast

 

 

The 12-round main event promised to be a good one. James is a contender who has proven his skill and grit against a variety of tough opponents; Dulorme is an underrated fighter who has faced top-tier opposition and fought for a world title once before. Many overlook him because he’s been stopped in two of his three losses, but he is a very tough out for anyone.

 

James started out sticking and moving, with Dulorme landing the occasional short counter as James was exiting. Occasionally Dulorme would get James on the ropes and landed some terrific shots that seemed to sting. In the second round, Dulorme bloodied James’ nose and afterward, James was breathing through his mouth.

 

Dulorme did very well in the first half or so of the fight, and kept every round competitive even after that. He utilized effective aggression and pressure, and threw in volume, which troubled James. James seemed to have to work hard to avoid getting hit too much.

 

From round eight onward, James was in control and Dulorme seemed tired, following James around and not throwing much. To his credit, James stayed focused the whole 12 rounds, never seeming to take Dulorme for granted.

 

The official scorecards were 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111 for Jamal James.

 

Dulorme fought hungry. It was clear he wanted what a victory would provide. James fought smart, releasing his aggression and toughness when needed and boxing the rest of the time. Excellent performances by both men. James moves on with an “interim” championship, but hopefully we also see Dulorme again soon.

 

In the second fight, Omar Juarez (8-0, 4 KOs) faced Willie Shaw (12-2, 8 KOs) in a six-rounder. Shaw started out only moving, which left him open for several clean shots from Juarez. Later, Shaw finally began to let his hands go, but not nearly enough to beat Juarez, who was there to engage. It was a clear win for Juarez, with the scorecards reading 58-56, 59-55, and 60-54.

 

n the opener of the FOX broadcast, Cuban amateur phenom David Morrell (3-0, 2 KOs) faced Lennox Allen (22-1-1, 14 KOs) in a super middleweight “interim” title fight. While Morrell had an excellent (and typically Cuban) amateur boxing career at 135-2, this was only his third professional fight, and he had never been past the third round. Now, he was in a 12-round fight against a man who is much more experienced as a professional. One had to wonder if it was too much too soon.

 

A southpaw, Morrell tends to fight with his lead hand low and uses a loose, athletic style. At times, Allen caught Morrell with solid counters, usually right hooks that landed clean upstairs. But Allen also landed a good number of body shots—a smart tactic against someone you’re not sure has good stamina for 12 rounds.

 

Morrell won the majority of rounds early, with Allen perhaps winning one—two, at best—but around the middle rounds Morrell looked tired. He got his second wind soon though and went on to outbox and outland Allen through the 12 rounds. The official scorecards read 118-110, 119-109, and 120-108.