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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two-time world title challenger Tommy Browne (30-6-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Irishman, Joe Rea (10-28-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Wests Rugby Leagues club, Campbelltown , Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday with the WBF middleweight title up for grabs. Browne, 33 years of age, turned professional in 2002 and captured the WBC Youth featherweight title by defeating Mexico’s Rodolfo Lopez in 2004 and in 2005 challenged In-Jin Chi for the WBC featherweight crown losing a twelve round decision. Also in 2005 Browne lost a WBA featherweight challenge to Chris John. Browne’s last defeat was to IBF-rated 140 pounder Lenny Zappavigna in 2008. (more…)
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez digs in and prepares hard for his title bout vs Matias Rueda of Argentina. Valdez vs Rueda battle on Top Rank’s pay per view card headlined by Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Top Rank Photographer Mikey Williams dropped into the camps of Oscar Valdez who is training at The Rock gym in Carson, California and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez who is training at Hill Street Boxing Gym in Long Beach, California. Both Top Rank fighters are looking in phenomenal shape and they are looking forward to their next bouts scheduled on PPV July 23 on the undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
Photos: Martina Houdek / SES
Pro boxing returns Saturday in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, with three international title bouts featuring “Team Czech Republic.” In the main event, WBC Youth female light flyweight champion Fabiana Bytyqi defends her title against Teodora Bacheva, WBO European female featherweight champion Lucie Sedlackova defends her title against Sopio Putkaradze, and WBO European super welterweight champion Stepan Horvath defends his title against Ferenc Hafner. TV Nova will televise in the Czech Republic.
“I am very proud of the development of our project in the Czech Republic,” said SES Boxing promoter Ulf Steinforth. “After one year, we’ve already moved Team Czech Republic quite far – the ‘boxing stars’ already have won titles and partnering with TV NOVA, the market leader in the Czech Republic, we’ve successfully and firmly established boxing. (more…)
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) faced off today at the final press conference before their clash on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.
Anthony Joshua: I want an explosive KO on Saturday…Dominic is the danger man and I’m taking him very seriously. I have to put an end to his dreams – I’m the dreamcrusher!
Dominic Breazeale: I can’t leave this to the judges. The only way to win a heavyweight championship is to knock your opponent out…the only thing me and Charles Martin have in common is that we are American! Anthony and I are two big punchers.
By Byron Spurlock
WBO Intercontinental jr featherweight champion “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) battles Mexican warrior Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) on July 9th at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. The “Fists of the Future” press conference kicked off on Wednesday afternoon at the ABS-CBN International Studios in Redwood City. Cesar Juarez was not in attendance.
Albert Pagara: “Cesar Juarez is a strong Mexican fighter who loves to move forward and attack but I’m ready to face him. I will be ready for him. My Plan is to stick to my game plan and not fall into his, which is to have a street fight. I don’t plan to play into what the crowd wants, despite the crowd maybe being largely Hispanic. I know that the Filpino community will be there to represent as well. I’m going to stick to my game plan because I’m here to win.” (more…)
Canelo Alvarez promoter Oscar de la Hoya has announced on Twitter that the much anticipated showdown between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo will have to marinate until Fall 2017. Canelo is slated to return to the ring on September 17 against an opponent to be named.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 22, 2016
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Javier Fortuna 130 vs. Jason Sosa 129.3
(WBA super featherweight title)
Jun Qiu Xiao 121.8 vs. Nehomar Cermeno 121.8
(WBA super bantamweight title)
Can Xu 127.75 vs. Corey McConnell 129.6
Alesia Graf 117.4 vs. Noemi Bosques 117.6
Herman Ene Purcell 244 vs. Jong-Suk Lee 211
Venue: Capital Gym, Beijing, China
Promoter: Max Power Promotions
TV: CCTV5 (China)
Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is back in the boxing business. Schaefer made the rounds Wednesday telling boxing media about his new company “Ringstar Sports.” The 55-year-old former Swiss banker hasn’t signed any fighters or staff yet, but plans to make a bid to ink some of the 2016 Rio Olympians, as well as contractually available pros.
Schaefer left Golden Boy in June 2014 after a bitter falling out with Oscar de la Hoya and had to wait out a non-compete clause before getting back in the game. He has a close relationship with boxing manager Al Haymon, who works with a variety of promoters.
Undefeated IBF #10, WBC #12 junior featherweight contender Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Luis “Barcelo” Hinojosa (28-9, 17 KOs) in the eight-round main event Thursday night, June 30, in Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Hinojosa, who was stopped in the 11th round by Yonfrez Parejo in their 2014 interim WBA bantamweight title fight, lost seven of his first eight fights but then turned his career around. His last fight was against a different fighter also named Luis Rosa. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
The newly formed Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions will stage their inaugural pro boxing event this Saturday night at Harmony Hall in Olympia, Washington with a seven bout line-up scheduled. The new promotion, which was formed with the goal to showcase top regional talent, will feature primarily Pacific Northwest fighters in the first of three shows tentatively scheduled for this year. (more…)
Former world champion Mike Alvarado will be at a Media Day in Dallas on Thursday, June 23. Alvarado and other fighters including Erick De Leon of Detroit will work out 2 pm at Montoya’s Boxing Gym, 7711 Military Way, Dallas, 75227. Fight fans are welcome to attend.
Alvarado, 35-4, 24 KOs, will be taking on Josh Torres, 15-4-2, 7 KOs at The Bomb Factory in Dallas on Saturday, June 25. In the opening televised fight Matt Korobov, 25-1, 13 KOs, will battle against Bryan Vera, 23-10,14 KOs.
The big Top Rank card will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas.
On July 16 world-rated Mexican heavyweight contender Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) from Mexicali will appear in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit. Ruiz, rated WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7, is the current NABF heavyweight champion. In his last in-ring appearance, Ruiz stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.
“I cannot wait to get back into the ring,” said Ruiz. “I’ve got some thunder coming with me to Detroit.” (more…)
UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday night featuring an eight round welterweight scrap between former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) of Denver and New Mexico’s Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
In the co-feature, 2008 Russian Olympian and former world title challenger Matt Korobov (25-1, 13 KOs) returns against Texan Brian Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) in an eight round middleweight clash.
Also, unbeaten super featherweight Erick De Leon (12-0, 6 KOs) from Detroit meets Carlos Valcarcel 14-7-4, 5 KOs) of Puerto Rico in an eight rounder, and unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (2-0, 2 KOs), son of former world champion Raul Marquez, faces Nubian Houston (0-3-1).
Jesse Garcia vs. Gabriel Gutierrez (super lightweight)
Joey Alday Jr vs. Justin Henderson (super welterweight)
Alejandro Arnold vs. Porfirio Arellano (featherweight)
Jarvis Shepard vs. TBA (lightweight)
Amon Rashidi vs. Benjamin Vasquez (welterweight)
Alejandro Guerrero vs. Luis Caballero (super lightweight)
Unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) has returned to the gym and is training in anticipation of his next bout. On June 4, Perrella destroyed previously unbeaten two-time National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton in two rounds on ESPN. Rather than go on vacation or celebrate his victory, the 27-year-old Fort Myers, Florida native immediately wanted to resume training. At the advice of his team, he took a short period of time off before getting back into the gym less than two weeks after his career-best victory.
“I live, eat and sleep boxing,” said Perrella. “This is what I do for a living and I take my career seriously. Since I’m moving up and believe I’m ready to take a big step forward in the welterweight division, there’s no time to waste. I don’t have any vices and stay in shape year round. Next fight, I’ll be even better and want there to be no doubt in anybody’s mind that I’m one of the next stars in the welterweight division.”
Undefeated Bilal Laggoune, now 19-0-2, 9 KOs, considered by most observers as the best actual Belgian boxer due to his accomplishments, will make his official debut at light heavyweight on Saturday in Ninove, Belgium, against vastly experienced Frenchman Hakim Chioui, 31-5-1, 19 KOs, over twelve rounds for the vacant WBC Francophone title. Chioui is a former French national champion. He was knocked out in nine rounds for the EBU title by Igor Mikhailkin.
Laggoune, himself a three-time national champion, former WBC Mediterranean champion and EBU-EU champion, is best known for his draw against hard hitting Dmytro Kucher for the vacant EBU cruiserweight title. Kucher recently went on to win that vacant belt by knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli inside one round. All of Laggoune’s belts have been won at cruiserweight.
On the undercard his friend and sponsor, multimillionaire Joe Fournier will have a 4 rounder against Belgian Mustapha Stini. Meriton Karaxha, Femke Hermans and former EBU challenger Elfi Philips will have bouts on the show promoted by the brother of Bilal, Ezzedine Laggoune.
The California State Athletic Commission and other state commissions have already approved earlier weigh-ins and the Nevada Athletic Commission is testing the idea, the reasoning being to allow additional time for fighters to rehydrate.
But longtime boxing regulator Greb Sirb believes weigh-in times are going in the wrong direction.
By moving weigh-ins to an early time (some 30/36 Hours) before the fight I think we only encourage more weight-loss because now the fighters “think” they have that extra time to re-hydrate.
The point is these fighters should NOT be de-hydrated.
This proposal leads to 2 major problems:
(1) – fighters that are de-hydrated still may NOT be properly re-hydrated even with the extra time.
(2) – If there is no 2nd day weigh-in to check excessive weight gain – you may have some rather large differences in weights come fight time.
What is more important what a fighter weighs 30-36 hrs before the competition or what he weighs at the time of competition? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBO #4 147-pounder, Jeff Horn (14-0,9 KOs) has challenged former WBA 168-pound champion Anthony Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) but Horn’s promoter Duco Events says Mundine is not worth a million dollars, according to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail newspaper. Mundine was reportedly dominated by Horn in a sparring session.
Former Australian 118-pound champion Andrew Moloney (7-0, 4 KOs) and his twin 122-pound brother Jason Moloney (7-0, 7 KOs) will be in action against Filipino opponents on Friday night at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Andrew will face southpaw Cris Alfante (11-5-1, 4 KOs), while Jason takes on John Amuzu (18-1, 16 KOs). The promoter is Peter Maniatis.
Maniatis is planning to be in the Philippines in mid-July to check on WBC #5 Randy Petalcorin, who is training and planning his next bout sometime late July.
As the ALA team settles in San Francisco, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who has always welcomed them in his gym at the Wild Card in LA, did not hesitate to claim how he sees Filipino prospect “Prince” Albert Pagara. “Albert is one of the best Filipino fighters in the world. I think he may be a future champion,” said Roach when asked to give a statement for Pagara’s tough upcoming test against Cesar Juarez of Mexico, who fought for the world title against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire early December of last year, a “Fight of the Year” nominee.
Regarded as one of the top rising stars in Philippine Boxing, the undefeated Pagara is #2 in the WBO world rankings and is the current WBO Intercontinental jr. bantamweight champion. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki of Poland and mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk from Ukraine met today at the kickoff press conference in Warsaw. They will face-off for real on September 17 at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, Poland. They both looked extremely confident and promised a great fight – when it comes to this world title fight, we all know anything can happen.
Forget the 40:1 betting odds. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says that IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s world title clash against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London is a 50-50 fight. Wilder will be part of the Showtime team covering the fight in-studio from New York City and “The Bronze Bomber” says he cannot split champion and challenger.
“I definitely see the fight as a 50-50,” said Wilder. “You’ve got two big heavyweights, and the challenger wants what the champion has, and the champion wants to keep what he has. It’s going to be interesting because we’ve seen Breazeale in a lot of wars. He’s almost been taken out by some of the smaller heavyweights, he’s been punched around, but he has always survived. We’ve seen Joshua has also been busted up as well, but he has kept his composure, and this fight is in his backyard amongst his people.
“I don’t put anything past Breazeale because he’s coming in hustlers’ territory. I think that it’ll be a good fight because of Breazeale – I think he really wants it.”
Multiple sources are reporting that that former world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is expected to return against Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California. For Ward, this will be a tune-up for a November world title showdown against WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas. Brand’s only loss to date is a split decision four years ago against Badou Jack, who is currently the WBC super middleweight world champion. HBO would televise the bout.
The undercard for Saturday’s highly anticipated WBA welterweight title showdown in Brooklyn between world champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) is just about finalized. The live CBS telecast with open with a battle between undefeated super welterweight prospects Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0-1, 10 KOs).
David Benavidez vs. Francy Ntetu (light heavyweight)
Regis Prograis vs. TBA (super lightweight)
Adam Kownacki vs. Jesse Barboza (heavyweight)
Heather Hardy vs. Kirstie Simmons (female featherweight)
Jonathan Alonso vs. Brian Jones (super lightweight)
Josue Vargas vs. David Nelson (welterweight)
Nicklaus Flaz vs. Mack Babb (super welterweight)
Live boxing action returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, on Friday, August 5 with a CBS Sports Network telecast featuring a ten round middleweight fight between unbeaten Robert Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) and Paul Valenzuela, Jr. (10-3, 6 KOs). The eight-round co-main event features lightweight Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) against Diego Eligio (12-1, 4 KOs). Tickets are $50, $65 and $85, and may be purchased by calling (877) 711-2946, visiting Pechanga.com or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.
Puerto Rican super flyweight David “Dabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) has arrived in Tampa, Florida, for Friday night’s clash on Telemundo against Mexican Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4KO) for the WBO Latin title at the A La Carte Event Pavilion.
The telecast will be the first of four consecutive weeks of live boxing on Telemundo. The rest of the Summer Season calendar is as follows:
July 1, Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz vs. Sebastian Diaz
(WBO Latin super featherweight title)
July 8, Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
Antonio “Tono” Moran vs. Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez
(WBC Latin lightweight title)
July 15, Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz vs. Alex Valdez
(NABO Super Featherweight title)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/DiBella Entertainment
WBC heavyweight champion Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) of Riverside met face to face Tuesday afternoon at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles to discuss their July 16 showdown at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama live on FOX.
Chris Arreola: “I’m grateful for this opportunity. A lot of people say that I don’t deserve this title fight. A lot of people said Deontay didn’t deserve his title shot. I said that. But when he got it, he made the most out of it. He beat the guy who beat me.”
Deontay Wilder: “This is going to be an exciting fight for everyone. It’s two dangerous heavyweights. Two guys who fight with their hearts. It’s going to be an action-packed fight from beginning to end. People said Arreola doesn’t deserve the shot, but who are they to say things about a man who every time he gets in the ring, fights with his heart?” (more…)
Rising undefeated prospect Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda of Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina has signed a multi-year promotional deal with Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing, Inc and is ready to invade the US market. Rueda (28) is ranked #2 by the WBO, is the current WBO Latino Champion and spoils an impressive record of 26-0, with 23 KOs.
“I’m thrilled to have signed with Tuto’s company, him together with Mario Margossian of Argentina Boxing Promotions will take my career to another level in the United States,” said an enthusiastic Rueda. He is scheduled to face fellow undefeated prospect Oscar Valdez of Mexico on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the vacant WBO featherweight title previously held by Vasyl Lomanchenko.
“We had Matias on a Boxeo Telemundo show last October and he looked impressive, working with him and longtime friend Mario Margossian made it a no brainer, he will be the next World Champion of Argentina,” said Zabala. The bout presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Argentina Boxing Promotions will be televised on HBO PPV in the US and TYC in Argentina.
Undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) is set to battle former world champion Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes in primetime on Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes to follow immediately at 10 p.m. ET. Further details will be announced shortly.
Super bantamweight top contender “Prince” Albert Pagara plus several other Team ALA fighters arrived Monday in San Francisco in advance of the July 9th “Fist of the Future” event at the San Mateo Event Center. With more than a month’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Team ALA head trainer Edmund Villamor disclosed the reason that his fighters arrived three weeks in advance of their fight was to acclimatize to the Bay Area, especially to the unpredictable chills even in the summer.
Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) will battle Mexican warrior Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) in the headliner for the “Fists of the Future” event. Pagara has never been defeated as an amateur or a pro and is the #2 WBO, #4 IBF and #10 WBC ranked super bantamweight. Juarez is a hardcore veteran who nearly defeated Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire Jr. this past December 17th for the vacant WBO super bantamweight championship. (more…)
If the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Fight Week seems slow getting underway, it’s because it is. Due to scheduling conflicts, a previously announced media workout set for Wednesday at Cadman Plaza Park has been canceled. Thurman-Porter Fight Week now will begin with a media-only final press conference on Thursday in Manhattan. The official weigh-in is scheduled for Friday at noon at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza. Fight fans are welcome to attend. The fight takes place Saturday night at Barclays Center and will be televised by CBS.
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Viktor Postol: “I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford’s fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me. I’m 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team. Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were #2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog. I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on July 23rd with flying colors. This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division.”
Freddie Roach: “I do not feel that Viktor is an underdog going into this fight. Why should I? In his two toughest tests — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin — he didn’t just knock them out, he took their will to fight away. He broke them down brick by brick. (more…)
Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) is a massive 40:1 favorite to successfully defend his title against challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday at The O2 Arena in London. Showtime will televise the bout in the USA. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself,” said Joshua on Monday. “I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last sixteen (fights) and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down!”
Not only is Joshua supposed to win, he’s expected to get Breazeale out of there quickly. You have to lay -400 to bet the fight will go “under” three-and-a-half rounds. If Breazeale can make it halfway through round four, “over” bettors would more than triple their money. (more…)
The popular boxing rivalry of Mexico vs Puerto Rico will continue on this Friday. Former world title challenger and WBO Latin super flyweight interim champion David “Gabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico challenges the full champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The 10 round main event bout will be the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” Summer Season opening show at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Quijano opened some viewers’ eyes on the network when he upset local favorite Daniel Lozano by decision in his last fight at the very same venue. Quijano is currently ranked #14 by the WBO and Rodriguez is #15. Quijano plans to literally take matters into his own hands as he feels that he will win inside the distance. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr / dcobbjr.com
Heading into his December bout with the well-regarded Nicholas Walters, Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa was given no chance of winning and just a slightly better chance of being around to hear the final bell. However, Sosa surprised everyone that night when he left the ring with a 10-round majority draw against one of boxing’s top fighters.
The decision was disputed by many, but Sosa’s performance appeared to send the message that the little-known battler belonged in the conversation when it came to the best 130-pounders. However, backlash from that questionable decision (everyone had Walters ahead except the judges) has once again given Sosa the burden of proof to show that his sudden rise in the world rankings is not a fluke.
On Friday, Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, gets a chance to validate his new reputation when he takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, in a fight for the “regular” WBA championship at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (23-0) will be ringside at Crawford vs. Postal on July 23rd in Las Vegas. Orozco is the number one rated junior welterweight by the WBC and is looking for a title shot. “I’d love to fight the winner,” said Orozco from his home in San Diego. “I’m more than ready. It’s my time.”
Orozco is managed by Frank Espinoza who also believes his fighter is up to the task. “Antonio has been looking tremendous. I think he beats both of these guys. Whoever wins, we’ll be ready for him.”
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