ATLANTIC CITY -- The highlight of the HBO undercard is the broadcast of the light heavyweight clash between Nathan Cleverly and Sergey Kovalav, already covered here. That leaves the other highlights as junior featherweight contender Jhonatan Romero vs. Kiko Martinez, also televised on HBO, and once-beaten junior welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme (fighting at a catchweight just above 140). Dulorme's bout will air on HBO Latino, so if you prefer to wait to see it live, skip over the first entry.
One note: I missed the first half of lightweight Jonathan Maicelo's bout against Jose Alejandro Rodriguez to kick off the night, so I won't provide a full account. Maicelo won by 10th round knockout. Hey, man, they don't have any meal-level food in here at Revel's Ovation Hall, just snacks, and I needed to eat dinner. Stop persecuting me.
Dulorme pounded Frankie Figueroa relentlessly en route to an overdue 8th round stoppage. Based on Figueroa's experience, it sounded like a match-up that could reestablish Dulorme, but all Figueroa showed was an incredible capacity to soak up punishment. Figueroa couldn't or wouldn't pull the trigger, and had nothing on his punches when he did throw. Dulorme sneaked in a cheap knockdown in the 3rd by punching Figueroa as he was tripping to the canvas, then got a real one in the 5th on a combination concluded by a left hook. Unfortunately for him, by that time Dulorme had landed so many low blows that when he landed another while pursuing Figueroa, the ref docked him a point for a rare 9-8 round. He was flirting with a DQ, was Dulorme, but he got it under control for long enough to keep smashing Figueroa to the head so that by the 8th, the slaughter was called to a halt. Dulorme looked fast and strong, but it's hard to read too much into this win given Figueroa's condition.