Antonio Orozco To Remain at 140, May Return in February

By Francisco Salazar

Junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco may not have been victorious against Jose Ramirez, but he has been praised for his grit and toughness since the fight on Friday night.

Ramirez dropped Orozco twice en route to a 12 round unanimous decision victory before a partisan crowd of 11,102 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, not far from Ramirez's hometown of Avenal.

With the victory, Ramirez (23-0, 16 knockouts) made the first defense of his WBC junior welterweight title.


Orozco (27-1, 17 KOs) was taken to a Fresno area hospital as a precaution, according to manager Frank Espinoza. A CT (CAT) scan was performed on Orozco, but results were negative and Orozco was released from the hospital early Saturday morning.

Despite falling short of winning a world title belt, Espinoza was proud of the effort Orozco gave in the ring.

"Antonio has always been a must-see fighter, but his stock went up from the (Ramirez) fight," Espinoza told on Monday. "He will stay at 140 pounds. I can't wait to bring him back in 2019."

Espinoza told he would like Orozco to come back to the ring in February. He wants Orozco to rest and recover physically and mentally from Friday's outing.

Orozco has had a history of weight issues, but Espinoza credits strength and conditioning coach Gavin McMillan, who is best known for working with trainer Freddie Roach, for the work he did in preparing Orozco to fight 12 rounds with Ramirez.

"Despite the knockdowns, I was observing the fight," said Espinoza. "I was looking closely, but he got up and I knew what kind of condition Antonio was in. He was hurt, but Antonio got up. In that eighth round, Orozco came back and stunned Ramirez."

Espinoza has received feedback from everyone, including those at Top Rank, which represents Ramirez and fight fans. Orozco's performance in defeat will make him a commodity to watch in the future, meaning his next fight could appear again on ESPN, like Friday night, or another high-profile network.

"Antonio looked good in defeat. He's be back at the right time and we hope he remains active in 2019."

"You don't define your career on one loss. Now he knows what's it like to fight 12 rounds."

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxfan83 on 09-18-2018

If some1 gets hurt in the 140lb tournement Orozco would be a perfect fit. Id favor him to win...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Christian Hammer Breaks Down, Stops Michael Wallisch in Fifth Sadam Ali vs. Mauricio Herrera - CompuBox Historical Review Fielding: I'm Daring To Be Great With a Pound for Pound Fighter Shohjahon Ergashev Demolishes Ruiz in One Round Junior Fa Feels Ready For Parker, Giovanni De Carolis Wins Big Rocky Fielding: I Can't Think About Judging Of Canelo Fight Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Edges Jesse Hart To Retain WBO Title Canelo Calls Small Scab Under Right Eye 'Just A Little Scratch' Lemieux: Fielding Not Dangerous; Won't Last Once Canelo Connects Canelo Open To Moving Back Up To 168 Pounds For Right Fights Daily Bread Mailbag: Lomachenko-Davis, Wilder-Fury, More Frank Warren: Billy Joe Saunders is Inspired By Tyson Fury Sunny Edwards Already Plotting Future World Title Hunt Joseph Parker Back in Force, Crushes Alexander Flores in Three Amir Khan: I Give Fielding No Chance, Canelo is a Beast Canelo's Promoter: Jacobs, Golovkin Have To Get in Line Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future Gilberto Ramirez: I'll Go To 175, I'm Ready To Challenge Gvozdyk News: Raeese Aleem, Abraham Nova, Peres-Daniels Rematch Gilberto Ramirez Retains, Majority Nod Over Jesse Hart Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares Heads To San Diego, Feb. 9 Fielding: Canelo is a Big Challenge - But One I Look Forward To Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC Canelo: I'll Return To 160, But We Can Do Fights Between 160-168 Photos: Katie Taylor, Eva Wahlstrom - On Point For Showdown Photos: Tevin Farmer, Francisco Fonseca - Ready For Title Clash Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding - Ready For Battle at MSG Canelo-Fielding Weigh-In Results From Madison Square Garden Bradley Skeete Will Now Headline ESPN+ Card From Brentwood Dehydrated Lemieux Hospitalized, Won't Fight Tureano Johnson Brett Yormark Leads New Advisory Board For Haymon Sports Photos: Manny Pacquiao Raising His Intensity Level in Camp News: Jason Welborn, Zachary Ochoa, Bowen-Clark, Yarde, More De La Hoya: This Fight Can Be Very Dangerous For Canelo Mauricio Herrera Aims To "Mentally" Break Sadam Ali

Latest Active Forum Threads