- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Welterweight Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico was one of the hottest prospects in boxing when he headlined an October card against dangerous Luis Carlos Abregu, whose only loss had come a couple of years earlier to Timothy Bradley Jr.
The fight proved to be too much of a step up for Dulorme, who is just 23, and he was knocked down twice and eventually stopped in the seventh round when his corner threw in the towel.
Returning to junior welterweight, Dulorme will fight for the first time since the defeat when he headlines promoter Lou DiBella's "Broadway Boxing" card at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on Feb. 21.
Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs), who will face an opponent to be determined in a scheduled eight-round bout, said moving down in weight was the right decision for him.
"I feel great for my upcoming fight and am excited about fighting in the junior welterweight division," Dulorme said. "I feel much stronger and faster at this weight and I cannot wait to return to action in my favorite state of New York.
"We learned a lot from the Abregu loss. After that fight, I didn't get down on myself or discouraged. We just went back to the drawing board and began working on and learning new things. I plan on staying in my new division for the time being, but I would love another crack at Abregu down the line, as I know that next time would be very different."
Also scheduled to be on the card is hot lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11 KOs) and fringe welterweight contender Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15 KOs).