Thomas Dulorme had hoped late last year to have his fight with Jaron Ennis rescheduled.
The veteran welterweight instead will appear on Ennis’ undercard April 10. BoxingScene.com has learned that Dulorme and undefeated prospect Eimantas Stanionis have agreed to meet in a 12-round WBA welterweight elimination match that’ll be part of the Ennis-Sergey Lipinets undercard six weeks from Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Showtime will televise the 12-round main event between Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs, 1 NC), a highly touted welterweight from Philadelphia, and Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (16-1-1, 12 KOs) and Dulorme-Stanionis as part of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader.
The 31-year-old Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KOs), a Las Vegas resident raised in Puerto Rico, was supposed to face Ennis on December 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena. South African southpaw Chris van Heerden replaced Dulorme as Ennis’ opponent once Dulorme tested positive for COVID-19 late in November.
The Ennis-van Heerden fight resulted in a no-contest when van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs, 1 NC) suffered a deep, long cut on the right side of his forehead from an accidental head-butt late in the first round of their scheduled 12-round fight for the vacant IBO welterweight title.
Minneapolis’ Jamal James (27-1, 12 KOs) defeated Dulorme in Dulorme’s most recent fight, a 12-rounder for the then-vacant WBA interim welterweight title August 8 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Dulorme’s four defeats have come against James, WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford, WBA world welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas and Luis Abregu.
In Lithuania’s Stanionis, Dulorme will face a 26-year-old prospect who wants to box better competition. Stanionis (12-0, 9 KOs), a 2016 Olympian, knocked out Colombia’s Janer Gonzalez (19-4-1, 15 KOs) in the ninth round of his most recent fight, December 26 at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
Lipinets, meanwhile, is considered a step up in competition for Ennis, even though Lipinets fought to a 12-round majority draw with undefeated Canadian contender Custio Clayton (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in his last fight, October 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.