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Carlos Abregu
Weightclass:
Welterweight
Age:
30
Birthplace:
Tucuman, Tucuman, Argentina
Record:
35-1, 28 KOs
Height:
5'10"
Reach:
73"
Managers:
Pablo Martinez
Trainers:
Hector Roca
biography

Twitter: @PotroAbregu
Ranked WBC #1, WBO #7, WBA #8 at 147 pounds...
Two-time South American welterweight champion, two successful defenses...

At the age of 29, Carlos is an eight-year pro. The WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender at 147 pounds, he has won five fights in a row, all by knockout - which include winning the South American welterweight title and making one defense - since his only loss against Timothy Bradley Jr. in July, 2010.
He always makes exciting fights – Carlos is big and strong with an aggressive style and good punching power.
He is coming off one of his career-best wins - along with 10-round decision wins against Richard Gutierrez and David Estrada - in his last fight on October 27: an upset seventh-round TKO against previously undefeated and heavily favored Thomas Dulorme.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Dulorme, of Puerto Rico, had a lot of people excited about his potential as the next big thing from the island, perhaps somebody who could follow in the footsteps of Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto as a serious champion and major attraction. The charisma and smile were there. The exciting offensive style and outgoing personality were also there. But the question was: how would Dulorme do when matched with a real opponent, one capable of fighting back on even terms?
Abregu was a big risk for Dulorme…. For a headline slot on an HBO card, they took the gamble - and Dulorme crapped out. He simply wasn't ready to deal with a fighter with the experience and freshness of Abregu, a very good puncher with a very good chin and a guy who knows how to fight. Abregu was a massive step up.
Dulorme started off very well and looked excellent for the first two rounds, in which he easily outboxed Abregu and beat him to the punch.
But...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2012 – in his last fight on 10-27-12 in Verona, NY, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated Thomas Dulorme (16-0): the bout headlined at Turning Stone Casino, and Dulorme was a big 8 to 1 favorite to win; he outboxed Carlos in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Carlos staggered him with a right hand in the 3rd, scored a knockdown with a series of punches moments later, then rocked him with another right hand before the bell; Dulorme switched to the lefthanded stance in the 4th round and boxed well in the following rounds, but Carlos staggered him with a right hand in the 7th round, then scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later – Dulorme got up, but his cornerman threw in the towel and the referee stopped the fight at 2:35; after six rounds, Dulorme led by scores of 57-56 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Carlos said, "We analyzed him with our team and we saw that he was too young for me. Maybe with time, we'll see, maybe he'll be a good fighter, but it was too soon to fight me."...
1ST SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-7-12 in Salta, ARG, he won by knockout (3rd round) against 39 year-old former welterweight world title challenger Marco Avendano (30-8-1): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi, and Carlos quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd round, and Avendano was counted out…
WON VACANT SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE – on 6-8-12 in Salta he won by knockout (5th round) against Pedro Verdu (18-10-2): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi; Carlos scored a knockdown in the 5th round, and Verdu was counted out at 1:35…
 
2011 – on 11-4-11 in Salta he won by knockout (2nd round) against former South American jr. middleweight champion Javier Mamani...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Carlos said through an interpreter, “I was born in Tucuman, Argentina, but I’d rather just use Salta, not Tucuman. I moved to Salta when I was 16. The most important thing is that I’m from Salta - I’m very proud to live in Salta. I would like for that to be the main focus of what’s said about my childhood or my origin.
“I have three brothers and seven sisters. My father is a farmer – he has his own farm and grows sugar cane. I worked on the farm when I was growing up. I started cutting the cane by hand when I was eight. I got more experienced and worked my way up, and drove the tractors when I was older. I worked there until I was almost 18. My brothers are still there, working with my father. I have some good stories about the farm - I’ll tell you sometimes.
“I started boxing when I was 16. From the first day I can remember, I was a boxing fan. Carlos Monzon and Muhammad Ali have always been my idols, and I wanted to try it.
“I had 43 amateur fights – I was 41-2. I won one national amateur title in Argentina, in 2004. I didn’t have any international experience.
“I’m single, no children. I’m in no hurry to be married.”...
Carlos’s younger brother, Fabian Abregu, is currently an amateur boxer. Carlos said, “We don’t train much together because we train in different places. We’re not even in the same city.”...
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2004 ARGENTINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, 147 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [note: results not currently available]...
2003 ARGENTINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Castro Barros, Argentina, 147 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals he lost a decision against Leandro Albornoz...
 
STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power...is big and...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @PotroAbregu
  • Ranked WBC #1, WBO #7, WBA #8 at 147 pounds...
  • Two-time South American welterweight champion, two successful defenses...

At the age of 29, Carlos is an eight-year pro. The WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender at 147 pounds, he has won five fights in a row, all by knockout - which include winning the South American welterweight title and making one defense - since his only loss against Timothy Bradley Jr. in July, 2010.

He always makes exciting fights – Carlos is big and strong with an aggressive style and good punching power.

He is coming off one of his career-best wins - along with 10-round decision wins against Richard Gutierrez and David Estrada - in his last fight on October 27: an upset seventh-round TKO against previously undefeated and heavily favored Thomas Dulorme.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Dulorme, of Puerto Rico, had a lot of people excited about his potential as the next big thing from the island, perhaps somebody who could follow in the footsteps of Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto as a serious champion and major attraction. The charisma and smile were there. The exciting offensive style and outgoing personality were also there. But the question was: how would Dulorme do when matched with a real opponent, one capable of fighting back on even terms?

Abregu was a big risk for Dulorme…. For a headline slot on an HBO card, they took the gamble - and Dulorme crapped out. He simply wasn't ready to deal with a fighter with the experience and freshness of Abregu, a very good puncher with a very good chin and a guy who knows how to fight. Abregu was a massive step up.

Dulorme started off very well and looked excellent for the first two rounds, in which he easily outboxed Abregu and beat him to the punch.

But the fight changed dramatically in the third round when Abregu clocked Dulorme with a nasty right hand on the chin and knocked him down midway through the round. Dulorme was in bad shape and was hurt again by another right hand later in the round. He went down again, but referee Benjy Esteves ruled it a slip, which was debatable. Every time Abregu landed, he seemed to stun Dulorme, who was lucky to make it out of the round.

Dulorme switched to a southpaw stance in the fourth round and rebounded a bit. But Abregu began to find him with combinations and right hands again, and he was breaking the kid down.

In the seventh round, Abregu landed a cracking left hook that dropped Dulorme for the second time. Although he beat the count, Dulorme was shaky and trainer Jose Bonilla threw in the towel, causing Esteves to wave off the fight at 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

For Abregu, the win is a big one because he did it on HBO and fought in a fan-friendly style. There is no reason he shouldn't be right in the mix for any of the good names at welterweight. [End Rafael item]

Carlos said through an interpreter that he trains “at Mega Gym, and it is there that I began as an amateur. The most important thing is this gym is like my home, since I have been training there for 12 years. It is a comfortable and well-equipped gym where some of my friends also train, and is the best boxing gymnasium in Salta.

“I hope to establish myself to be considered an obligatory opponent for any one of the great champions.”

Regarding his introduction and nickname, he said in an earlier interview, “I’m introduced as Carlos ‘El Potro’ Abregu - not Luis Carlos. The young ladies in Salta gave me that nickname.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2012 – in his last fight on 10-27-12 in Verona, NY, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated Thomas Dulorme (16-0): the bout headlined at Turning Stone Casino, and Dulorme was a big 8 to 1 favorite to win; he outboxed Carlos in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Carlos staggered him with a right hand in the 3rd, scored a knockdown with a series of punches moments later, then rocked him with another right hand before the bell; Dulorme switched to the lefthanded stance in the 4th round and boxed well in the following rounds, but Carlos staggered him with a right hand in the 7th round, then scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later – Dulorme got up, but his cornerman threw in the towel and the referee stopped the fight at 2:35; after six rounds, Dulorme led by scores of 57-56 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Carlos said, "We analyzed him with our team and we saw that he was too young for me. Maybe with time, we'll see, maybe he'll be a good fighter, but it was too soon to fight me."...

1ST SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-7-12 in Salta, ARG, he won by knockout (3rd round) against 39 year-old former welterweight world title challenger Marco Avendano (30-8-1): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi, and Carlos quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd round, and Avendano was counted out…

WON VACANT SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE – on 6-8-12 in Salta he won by knockout (5th round) against Pedro Verdu (18-10-2): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi; Carlos scored a knockdown in the 5th round, and Verdu was counted out at 1:35…

 

2011 – on 11-4-11 in Salta he won by knockout (2nd round) against former South American jr. middleweight champion Javier Mamani (37-11-1): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi, and Carlos quickly overpowered him; Carlos scored two knockdowns in the 1st round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd, and Mamani was counted out…

On 8-12-11 in Salta he won by TKO (2nd round) against Walter Diaz (26-8-1): the fight headlined at Estadio Delmi…

 

2010 – on 7-17-10 in Rancho Mirage, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision in a nontitle fight against WBO jr. welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (25-0): the bout headlined at the Agua Caliente Casino, and was Bradley’s first as a welterweight; Carlos gave a good effort and several rounds were close, but Bradley staggered him two times with right hands in the 1st round, generally outworked him, and was consistently the more accurate puncher; Carlos was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 4th and over his left eye by another clash of heads in the 7th; scored 117-111, 118-110, 116-112…

On 2-6-10 in Monterrey, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Richard Gutierrez (24-3-1): the fight was co-featured with the Edwin Valero-Antonio DeMarco main event; Gutierrez scored a knockdown with a left hook that dazed Carlos in the 2nd round, but Carlos came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand that left Gutierrez dazed in the 3rd, then staggered Gutierrez with a right hand in the 4th round; Gutierrez pressed forward and had a few rallies in the middle rounds, but Carlos generally landed the harder punches; Carlos was cut over his left eye in the 7th round, and Gutierrez’ left eye was badly swollen; the fight used the WBC’s “open scoring,” with the scores announced after the 4th and 8th rounds, and Carlos, knowing he was ahead 78-72, 78-72, 77-73 on the scorecards after the 8th, boxed very cautiously in the 9th and 10th rounds; scored 97-91, 97-91, 98-90; after the fight, Carlos said, “I came in knowing that Gutierrez was tough. He’s shown it in all his past fights. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I hurt both my hands in this fight, but whatever injury it is, it was worth it. This was a very hard fight and I’m very proud of my performance. I won like I’d hoped. I wanted to be the best man tonight, and I was.”...

 

2009 - on 9-4-09 in Salta, ARG, he won by knockout (4th round) against Diego Diaz (17-3-1)...

On 5-1-09 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Irving Garcia (17-3-3): the fight headlined at the Chumash Casino Resort - it was wild and exciting, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Garcia scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Carlos on the seat of his trunks and left him dazed in the 1st round; Carlos came back and staggered Garcia three times, all with right hands, in the 2nd, but Garcia rallied and staggered Carlos with a right hand late in the round; Garcia scored another knockdown with a left hook that dropped Carlos flat on his side and left him dazed in the 4th round, but Carlos came back and staggered Garcia with a right hand, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches later in the round that dropped Garcia flat on his back - with his head resting on the bottom rope - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:59; after three rounds, the fight was scored 29-27 Abregu, 28-28, 28-28; after the fight, Carlos said, “I was very surprised at how he was taking my punches. I thought my hands would start hurting because I was hitting him with hard shots.”...

On 3-20-09 in Salta, ARG, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Americo Sagania (16-3-1)...

 

2008 – on 12-5-08 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won a 10 round split decision against David Estrada (22-5): the fight headlined at the Chumash Casino, and was a significant step up in class for Carlos; Estrada pressed forward, but Carlos consistently outworked him in the early rounds and built a lead on the scorecards; Carlos was cut over his left eye in the 5th round, and Estrada rallied in the second half of the fight - he stepped up his pace and rocked Carlos with a left hook in the 8th, then rocked him with a right hand in the 9th round and Carlos was in full survival mode after that; Carlos moved constantly in the 10th round, the crowd booed, and Estrada staggered him with a right hand – Carlos’ glove touched the canvas, but the referee did not score a knockdown; most observers thought the fight was closer than the scores indicated, and the crowd booed the announcement of the decision - 98-92, 98-91 Abregu, 96-94 Estrada; after the fight, Carlos said, “This was definitely my toughest fight but I felt I won, if not by the spread they had me winning by. I knew going into the eighth round that I had to win at least one round. My opponent deserves a lot of credit. He’s a really good fighter who came to win. But I know I learned a lot tonight and will be better for it in the future.’’...

 

On 10-4-08 in Temecula, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against 35 year-old Roberto Valenzuela (46-41-2): the fight was on the undercard of three co-featured fights that showcased Yuriorkis Gamboa, Alfredo Angulo, and Sergio Martinez at the Pechanga Casino, and Carlos dominated; he pressed forward behind an effective jab, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore down Valenzuela; Carlos rocked him in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:51...

On 7-30-08 in El Cajon, CA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against 6’2” tall, 36 year-old late substitute Thomas Davis (12-7-2): the bout was co-featured at the Sycuan Casino, and Carlos quickly overwhelmed him; Davis took the fight on one week’s notice and gave a very poor effort – Carlos scored a knockdown with two right hands late in the 1st round; then scored another knockdown with a left hook early in the 2nd – Davis got up, but Carlos rocked him with a series of punches, Davis’ cornerman climbed onto the ring apron to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:58...

1ST SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-4-08 in Salta, ARG, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Roberto Reuque (30-1): Carlos scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round; he scored another knockdown in the 3rd, and Reuque was counted out at 0:35...

WON SOUTH AMERICAN W TITLE – on 4-4-08 in Salta he won by TKO (7th round) against Raul Bejarano (25-15-4)...

 

2007 – on 10-20-07 in El Cajon, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Christian Solano (20-12-4): Carlos scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round – the first with a right hand, the second with a body punch; he scored two more knockdowns with right hands in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:18...

On 8-10-07 in Salta he won by TKO (3rd round) against Julio Gonzalez (13-24-4)...

On 6-8-07 in Salta he won by knockout (9th round) against Amilcar Funes (14-3): Carlos scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and stopped Funes at 1:23 of the 9th...

On 3-10-07 in Parana, ARG, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Luis Sosa (30-19-3): Carlos scored a standing-8 count in the 1st round, and Sosa did not continue after the round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:01 of the 2nd round...

 

2006 – on 10-28-06 in Rosario, ARG, he won by TKO (5th round) against Sergio Finetto (17-8-2): Carlos scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and stopped Finetto at 1:56 of the 5th...

On 9-9-06 in Buenos Aires, ARG, he TKOd Rodrigo Pias (5-2): at 0:01 of the 6th round...

On 8-12-06 in Buenos Aires he won by TKO (1st round) against Cristian Paz (14-9-5): Carlos scored a standing-8 count and a knockdown in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:11...

On 6-23-06 in Salta he won by knockout (4th round) against Jorge Gomez (16-8-1)...

On 5-5-06 in Salta he won by knockout (2nd round) against Raul Lopez (20-15-2)...

On 4-22-06 in Buenos Aires he won by TKO (4th round) against Sergio Benitez (10-11-3): Carlos scored a standing-8 count in the 3rd round; he scored a knockdown in the 4th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:23...

On 2-25-06 in Buenos Aires he won by knockout (3rd round) against Dario Perez (4-1-1): Carlos scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and stopped Perez at 1:32 of the 3rd...

 

2005 - on 12-10-05 in Buenos Aires he won by TKO (2nd round) against Daniel Montenegro (5-1): Carlos scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:14...

On 11-26-05 in Buenos Aires he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ivan Taberna (9-3-1): Carlos scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:19...

On 9-10-05 in Salta he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Walter Gomez (15-3-1)...

On 8-5-05 in Salta he won by disqualification (1st round) against Nestor Sanchez (2-3-1)...

On 7-2-05 in Laboulaye, ARG, he won by knockout (1st round) against Javier Ramirez (3-2)...

On 6-10-05 in Salta he won by TKO (8th round, 1:00) against Bernardino Gonzalez (0-6)...

On 4-16-05 in Salta he won a 4 round majority decision against Fernando Pereyra (1-0): scored 39.5-38, 39.5-38, 38.5-38.5...

On 4-1-05 in Salta he won by knockout (1st round, 0:25) against Sergio De Oliveira (debut)...

He debuted at the age of 21 on 3-4-05 in Salta and won by TKO (4th round) against Alberto Torres (0-0-1)...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Carlos said through an interpreter, “I was born in Tucuman, Argentina, but I’d rather just use Salta, not Tucuman. I moved to Salta when I was 16. The most important thing is that I’m from Salta - I’m very proud to live in Salta. I would like for that to be the main focus of what’s said about my childhood or my origin.

“I have three brothers and seven sisters. My father is a farmer – he has his own farm and grows sugar cane. I worked on the farm when I was growing up. I started cutting the cane by hand when I was eight. I got more experienced and worked my way up, and drove the tractors when I was older. I worked there until I was almost 18. My brothers are still there, working with my father. I have some good stories about the farm - I’ll tell you sometimes.

“I started boxing when I was 16. From the first day I can remember, I was a boxing fan. Carlos Monzon and Muhammad Ali have always been my idols, and I wanted to try it.

“I had 43 amateur fights – I was 41-2. I won one national amateur title in Argentina, in 2004. I didn’t have any international experience.

“I’m single, no children. I’m in no hurry to be married.”...

Carlos’s younger brother, Fabian Abregu, is currently an amateur boxer. Carlos said, “We don’t train much together because we train in different places. We’re not even in the same city.”...

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2004 ARGENTINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, 147 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [note: results not currently available]...

2003 ARGENTINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Castro Barros, Argentina, 147 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals he lost a decision against Leandro Albornoz...

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power...is big and strong for the division...tough and determined, has tremendous heart...is experienced against very good opposition...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 8 years, 1 month...35 fights...158 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 82 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (0-1)…10 rounds – 3 (3-0)...