Undefeated welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme wanted to make a statement with his debut on the ShoBox: The New Generation series on Friday, and the 22-year-old Puerto Rico resident accomplished his goal with an impressive first-round knockout of late-sub Ariz Ambriz in the main event of the Showtime broadcast from Santa Ynez, Calif.
Dulorme (14-0, 13 knockouts) connected with a huge left hook that dropped Ambriz flat on his back midway through the opening round. Ambriz (16-3-1, 8 KOs), who stepped in as a replacement for injured Jose Reynoso late last week, got up on unsteady legs and attempted to fire back but the recent graduate of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico easily slipped the punches to get in range to land another jarring left hook.
A follow-up right cross dropped the 26-year-old Californian again. Referee David Mendoza called the fight off at 2:12 of the round.
With the victory, Dulorme added the NABF title to the NABA belt he won by outpointing former titleholder DeMarcus Corley last June.
In the co-featured bout, junior middleweight contender Jonathan Gonzalez scored a 10-round unanimous decision over tough spoiler Billy Lyell, whose spirited effort made for an entertaining fight.
Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs), a 22-year-old boxer-puncher from San Juan, Puerto Rico who struggled to make weight and appeared several pounds heavier than Lyell, won by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice). However, the fight was more competitive than the scorecards indicate.
Lyell (24-11, 5 KOs), a rugged 27-year-old former middleweight title challenger from Youngstown, Ohio, stood his ground against Gonzalez in the first round and outworked the aggressive Puerto Rican. Gonzalez took the next two rounds by pushing Lyell back on his heels while landing the harder punches, but the veteran bounced back in fourth and fifth rounds when Gonzalez tried to employ a stick-and-move game.
Gonzalez resumed his pressure over the second half of the bout and landed the harder punches but Lyell also connected with his share of head-snapping right hands and left hooks.