By Jake Donovan
Unbeaten super lightweight Antonio Orozco was given a layup following the toughest test of his career, having his way with former lightweight titlist Miguel Acosta in a 1st round knockout win Friday evening at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
The local contender on the rise stepped up considerably in competition in 2015, scoring a pair of hard-fought decision wins over Emmanuel Taylor and Humberto Soto. The latter bout aired live on HBO, in hopes of propelling the undefeated Californian - now 28 - towards title contention heading into the new year.
Instead, he was given a sitting duck in Acosta, who has long ago seen better days following a title reign that lasted as long as it did only through inactivity before running into then-unbeaten Brandon Rios in 2011. The Philly-based Venezuelan has since fallen on hard times, having now dropped his last five starts.
Still, Acosta (29-9-2, 23KOs) has never been dispatched in the manner which Orozco handled him on Friday. The former titlist was dropped twice, the finishing blow coming in the form of a left hook that produced the stoppage verdict at 1:54 of round one.
Orozco advances to 24-0 (16KOs). The stoppage is his first since a 2nd round knockout of Miguel Huerta in this very same venue more than two years ago.
With plenty of time to kill on a night of knockouts, Marco Magdaleno gained some unexpected airtime. The youngest member of a boxing family had an easy night's work, stopping Luis Silva (2-8) inside of two rounds. A left uppercut did the trick for Magdaleno (3-0, 2KOs), who is the younger brother of Jessie and Diego Magdaleno, an unbeaten 122 lb. prospect and a fringe lightweight contender, respectively.
The new and improved Andrew Cancio looked to turn a corner in his career following a 7th round knockout of respectable Rene Alvarado last December. His new handlers at Golden Boy Promotions weren't quite ready to release the reins, however. In efforts to rebuild the featherweight came the decision to match him versus former junior flyweight and super flyweight champ Hugo Cazares.
The end result was another knockout win for Cancio, but not learning a thing in tearing through the fleshy and unretired retread - who celebrated his 38th birthday on Thursday - in three rounds.
Cazares - grossly out of shape for his first fight since a knockout loss to Carl Frampton nearly two years ago - was cut just outside the right eye in round one and pummeled to the canvas courtesy of a body shot in round three. He beat the count but was a sitting duck for Cancio (17-3-2, 13KOs), who went on the attack for as long as the fight continued. When the referee refused to do his job and stop the onslaught, the concerned corner for Cazares (40-9-2, 27KOs) requested to the ringside inspector to bring a halt to the contest.
The official time was 2:49 of round three.
Jason Quigley (10-0, 9KOs) returned to his knockout ways, tearing through made-to-order Freddy Lopez in less than a round. The unbeaten middleweight was extended the distance for the first - and to date, the only - time in his career in his last fight, a four round decision over Marchristopher Adkins. There was no such concern against Lopez (9-4, 7KOs), who was never a threat to turn the fight into a boxing match. Quigley - Ireland born and bred but now based in Woodland Hills, Calif. - went to work early, pounding away at his opponent's midsection, leading to a pair of knockdowns, the latter prompting a full ten count at 2:01 of round one.
Emilio Sanchez (11-0, 8KOs) never took his foot off the gas pedal in slugging his way to a 2nd round knockout of Mexico's Gustavo Molina (12-10, 5KOs). The unbeaten featherweight from California threw bombs from the opening bell, dropping Molina in round two and jumping on his wounded prey upon rising before forcing a stoppage. The official time was 2:03 of round two.
All bouts were streamed live on RingTVLive.com.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox