Welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (25-6-1, 16 KOs) has officially submitted a letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, disputing the result of his bout against Jaron Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs), in which he claims he was hit with an illegal rabbit punch to the back of the head.
The fight took place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
Dulorme is making a request for the Nevada State Athletic Commission to overturn the knockout loss to a no decision.
Dulorme argues that the assigned in-ring referee, Mike Ortiz, instructed the fighters that a punch to the back of an opponent’s head would constitute an illegal blow subject to penalty, as codified under:
NAC 467.675 Acts constituting fouls in boxing.
The following acts constitute fouls in boxing:
12. Using a rabbit punch or otherwise striking an opponent on the back of the head, the base of the skull or the back of the neck.
Dulorme alleges that at the one-minute mark of the first round, Ennis threw a right hook that landed to the back of his head. Dulorme claims the punch left him dazed, unbalanced, and physically incapable of adequately defending himself. It didn't take long before Dulorme was knocked down a second time and could not beat the count of ten.
“I feel I wasn’t given the allocated time to recover by the referee, after getting hit from what was clearly an illegal rabbit punch to the back on my head, forcing me to fight at a disadvantage,” said Dulorme.
“Jaron Ennis is a great fighter and I’m not taking anything away from his talent, I’m just disputing that I should have been given the allotted time to regain my composure. I’m hoping that Nevada State Athletic Commission will honor my appeal based on their rules.”
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