The Jamal James-Thomas Dulorme fight finally is official.
FOX and Premier Boxing Champions announced the rescheduled James-Dulorme match Thursday as the main event of the broadcast network’s August 8 card from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Las Vegas’ Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs) and Minneapolis’ James (26-1, 12 KOs) will fight for the WBA interim welterweight title.
Dulorme and James were supposed to headline a “FOX PBC Fight Night” broadcast April 11 from The Armory in Minneapolis, but their 12-round, 147-pound title fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans cannot attend the August 8 card due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Dulorme-James show was the only upcoming FOX telecast that was announced Thursday.
“We’re thrilled to have PBC back on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes, headlined by this great main event between Jamal James and Thomas Dulorme,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. “James has proven that he is amongst the top welterweights in the world and he will again have a chance to show his credentials against a tough opponent in Dulorme. Combined with a stacked undercard of fights featuring rising stars and more, this lineup should deliver great action for fans all night long on August 8.”
FOX’s coverage will begin August 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with three fights on free TV (see full schedule below). Later that night, FS1 will air three fights from that same card.
PBC fights on FS1 usually air before coverage switches to FOX, but the order is reversed for FOX’s first boxing telecast since March 7.
James, 32, will look to extend his six-fight winning streak against Dulorme.
“I’m excited and ready to be getting back in the ring after everything happening these last [few] months,” James said. “Thomas Dulorme is a strong opponent, and I feel that we will be giving boxing fans a great night of action. Training has gone extremely well, and I am more than prepared to secure this victory.”
Dulorme, 30, will attempt to move into contention for a bigger welterweight title bout in the native Puerto Rican’s sixth appearance since Terence Crawford stopped him in the sixth round of their WBO junior welterweight title fight in April 2015.
“I have been in training camp now for over four months for this fight, and I can’t wait to get in the ring and put on a spectacular performance,” Dulorme said. “The delay only makes me more motivated. James is a good fighter, but I am on a different level and it will show on August 8. I will put on the best performance of my career and win the WBA title.”
Manny Pacquiao, who owns the WBA “super” welterweight title, is recognized as that sanctioning organization’s true 147-pound champion.
James is the WBA’s fifth-ranked welterweight contender. Dulorme is rated 11th by the WBA.
The entire schedule for the FOX and FS1 coverage of the James-Dulorme card is listed below.
At Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles
FOX (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Jamal James (26-1, 12 KOs), Minneapolis vs. Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs), Las Vegas, 12 rounds for the WBA interim welterweight title.
David Morrell (2-0, 2 KOs), Santa Clara, Cuba vs. Lennox Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs), Brooklyn, 12 rounds for the WBA interim super middleweight title.
Omar Juarez (7-0, 4 KOs), Brownsville, Texas vs. Willie Shaw (12-1, 8 KOs), Vallejo, California, 8 rounds, junior welterweights.
FS1 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Mykal Fox (22-1, 5 KOs), Upper Marlboro, Maryland vs. Lucas Santamaria (10-1-1, 7 KOs), Garden Grove, California, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Vito Mielnicki Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs), Roseland, New Jersey vs. Chris Rollins (3-1, 2 KOs), Charlottsville, Virginia, 6 rounds, welterweights.
Luis Pena (6-0, 6 KOs), Ventura, California vs. Michael Coffie (9-0, 6 KOs), Brooklyn, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.