By Robert Coster
When asked how his young boxer Antonio Orozco got his nickname “Relentless,” California Hall of Fame manager Frank Espinoza will tell you “It was me who coined it. The first time I saw Antonio in a sparring session, I just couldn’t think of another word to define him as a boxer. I said to my son who was next to me ‘Wow, this kid is relentless.'” Born in Mexico, based in San Diego, Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) is signed by Espinoza and under promotional contract with Golden Boy.
The 25-year-old junior welterweight, ranked 31st by the WBC, is looking optimistically to 2014 as a breakthrough year for him. As an amateur, Orozco piled up an impressive 90-10 record with victories over Mexican Olympian Jessie Vargas and US Olympian Javier Molina among others.
“I was more of a stylist then,” recalls Antonio, “but now, as a pro, I have much more power and can hit more to the body.”
The young Mexican boxer moved to San Diego and turned pro at age 18. Asked to define Orozco’s style, Espinoza says, “it’s non-stop but yet controlled aggression. He picks his spots, has great footwork and is a tremendous body puncher.”
Beset by some injuries, Orozco has only fought twice this year. His last fight was a three round blowout of Ivan Hernandez (29-3) on August 24th.
Antonio is scheduled back into the ring on November 30th.
Comments Espinoza, “We have great plans for Antonio for next year — plenty of TV exposure and good fights that will move him into a contender status.”
Robert Coster is an excellent judge of boxing talent. To date four young fighters from his “New Faces” series have gone on to win world titles (Tomoki Kameda, Evgeny Gradovich, Johan Perez and Nicholas Walters).