Vargas vs Dulorme: Who Has the Upper Hand?
October 4, 2018
Worlds Collide, organized by Matchroom Boxing and video streaming company DAZN, will be held this Saturday, October 6 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Headlining the event is former world champion Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme.
The match between Vargas and Dulorme will not only be a welterweight match but also Vargas’ entryway to the WBC Silver title. Currently, the Mexican-American boxer Vargas ranks third at the WBC.
The turnout of the match on Saturday will have a mandatory fight with the WBC welterweight world titleholder Shawn Porter. If Vargas wins Worlds Collide, he will inch closer to being WBC’s welterweight champion.
The match organizers are also curious as to what Saturday’s outcome will be. DAZN USA tweeted, “Will @JVargasBoxing possibly earn himself a title-shot against @ShowtimeShawnP for the WBC title? 🏆”
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) October 1, 2018
UK Sportsbooks are on Vargas’ side as most of them predict a win for the Mexican-American. Ladbrokes gives Vargas 2/7 odds and Dulorme 5/2 odds. Bethard is also favoring Vargas whose odds are set by the bookie at 20/59, against Dulorme’s 23/10.
Vargas has already had a total of 31 fights, 28 wins, 2 losses, and 10 wins by KO. Compared with Dulorme, Vargas has had more fights and has got into bigger battles. He had matches against former WBO junior middleweight champion Sadam Ali, former “world’s third best active boxer” Timothy Bradley, and former IBF super featherweight champion Steve Forbes.
He also held two weight classes in 2014, the IBO super lightweight and WBA (Regular) title. In 2016, he lost his WBO welterweight title to eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Dulorme, on the other hand, stands with a record of 27 fights, 24 wins, 3 losses, and 16 wins by KO. The highlight of Dulorme’s career was back in 2011 when he beat the veteran fighter and former welterweight titleholder DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley. He had also been in the ring with Terrence Crawford, who is a world champion of three weight classes, and Hank Lundy, a former lightweight champion.
Even if Vargas has more experience than Dulorme, the former still thinks that the match will be difficult to conquer. Vargas said:
“This man [Dulorme] is no walk in the park, he fights with his heart and always gives it his all, but I have prepared properly and record a tremendous victory. It’s going to be a great show and I’m proud to be headlining it. This is the first step in the new phase of my career.”
The Vargas-Dulorme fight is not the only Worlds Collide match that centers upon the possibility of boxers getting world titles. As a matter of fact, the matches before the main event will be defending titles.
The Russian boxer, Artur Beterbiev, will be defending his IBF light heavyweight title against 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Callum Johnson. Current WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman will also be defending his title against British boxer Gavin McDonnell.