The programmers probably expected two knockouts in the co-features on Friday Night Fights in New York City. The two favorites – Kenny Galarza and Thomas Dulorme – entered the night with a combined record of 25-1 with 24 knockouts.
What did we get? Two boring decisions.
Galarza (15-1, 14 knockouts) struggled to earn a split decision over fellow Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-7-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight.
Galarza bounced back from his only loss, a one-sided decision against slick fellow prospect Brad Solomon in June of last year, by stopping Ilido Julio in August. However, he looked nothing like the big-punching terror who stopped his first 14 opponent.
He appeared to win the early rounds but never fought with fire and threw relatively few punches, which allowed Garcia, a capable boxer, to climb back into the fight in the later rounds.
Two judges scored the fight for Galarza (96-94 and 97-94) while the third scored it for Garcia (96-94). The announcement was met with boos by some at the Roseland Ballroom, who apparently thought that Garcia deserved the victory.
Galarza walked away with another victory but probably didn’t do his standing as a prospect much good.
Dulorme (12-0, 10 KOs) was never in danger of losing to fading veteran DeMarcus Corley (37-18-1, 22 KOs), who in the only exciting moment in the co-features went down in the third round.
The 21-year-old Puerto Rican won a near-shutout unanimous decision but didn’t look particularly good doing it. He looked tight. He didn’t throw his jab much. And he threw few combinations, instead trying to Corley out with one shot.
Dulorme probably learned a great deal in the fight, though, which means it was a valuable night for him.
Corley, who once held a junior welterweight title, has lost his last five fights and seven of eight. He is 37.