Well nobody said it would be easy, and some in the crowd didn’t agree with it but Antonio Orozco 25-0 (17KO’s) won a unanimous decision over unknown Abner Lopez 23-6 (19KO’s) of Tijuana Mexico.
From the opening bell Orozco and Lopez met in the center of the ring and traded shots with Orozco dominating the first two. The third saw a turn of events as Lopez started to land and rocked Orozco with a hard right hand to turn the fight into a bit of a barn burner.
In the seventh round Lopez landed a big right hand that knocked out the mouth piece of Orozco, Orozco returned with a big left hook of his own to stop the progress of Lopez and win the final rounds. At the end the final scorecards read 99-91 twice and 97-93 for Orozco.
Orozco and his corner made adjustments “I was boxing and we worked on boxing for the fight, the fans don’t always like that because it was a tough fight.” Orozco maintains his status as the WBC number one contender to the junior welterweight title held by Terrance Crawford.
Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. 21-0 (12KO’s) is looking like the best thing smoking in the stacked Golden Boy stable at 126lbs after he blew away Victor Proa 28-2-2 (22KO’s).
Diaz is coming off the biggest win in his career after he thoroughly dominated Jayson Velez last March and he didn’t waste any time dismantling Proa. In the second round a hard left hand dropped Proa and Diaz went in for the kill. After a long flurry that saw Diaz with a snarl on his face referee Eddie Hernandez saw enough and called a halt to the fight at 1:07 in the second.
“I do have a bit of a mean streak, I wanted to show my power today and show that I can stop these guys at 126.” Diaz said after the fight. “I feel like I’m ready, I’d fight Gary Russel tomorrow night if I could” said Diaz on the rumor that Golden Boy was trying to setup a future showdown between the two.
Roy Tapia 12-1-2 (6KO’s) of East Los Angeles picked up a victory over Jairo Hernandez 15-10 (8KO’s) to get back in the win column after a loss to gatekeeper Erik Ruiz last November in Las Vegas.
In a fight with little defense Tapia dropped Hernandez in the third round with a big right hook. Hernandez would make it to the end of the final bell only to lose on scores of 77-74 on all three cards as Tapia earned a unanimous decision victory.
Nobody read the script that said Los Angeles native Nick Arce 8-1 (6KO’s) would beat Jesus Aguinaga 5-4-1, especially Aguinaga. In a mild upset Aguinaga came in and out punched and battered the taller longer Arce. Despite a badly bleeding nose that was probably broken in the third round Aguinaga, landed big shot after big shot to rock the head of Arce and solicit ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd.
In the fourth round Arce looked lost and tried to use a shoulder roll only to get caught with a hair flying right hand. On scores of 59-55 on all three cards Jesus Aguinaga probably won himself a return trip to a Golden Boy card in the future and hands the young Arce the first loss of his young career.
Vergil Ortiz 1-0 (1KO) made his pro debut in style blowing away Julio Rodas 0-3 of Phoenix, Arizona. Ortiz came out throwing bombs with bad intentions and dropping Rodas hard with an overhand right. Rodas would make it to his feet but Ortiz would continue to land big shots forcing referee Eddie Hernandez to call a halt to the fight 1:37 in the first.
Opening the evenings action, Cesar Diaz 2-0 (2KO’s) of nearby Palmdale blasted Ramiro Ruiz 0-4 in the third round. Diaz landed sharp shots to move forward in the early development of his career.