Unbeaten #11 WBC light welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) came out on top on Saturday night in beating the aging warrior Humberto Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on the undercard of the Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The fight could have been scored in favor of the 35-year-old Soto if you were inclined to score the fight for his boxing ability and his higher percentage of shots landed in the fight. But the judges saw Orozco as doing the better work in giving him the win by the scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 97-92.
Orozco was the more aggressive fighter and landed the bigger shots, but Soto did a good job of making him miss with many of his shots. Soto’s ring generalship was hard to deny because he clearly looked like the better fighter much of the time due to his ability to land without getting hit in return.
You could tell how tired Soto was near the end of the fight because he fell down three separate times on slips to the canvas in the last three rounds. Orozco, 27, was penalized one point in the 9th round for hitting Soto low. What was weird about the point being taken off is the fact that the referee Jerry Cantu took the point off without giving any warnings to Orozco ahead of time. It just looked strange that Cantu would dock Orozco a point when he hadn’t been warned ahead of time for his low blows.
“I felt comfortable going into this fight,” said Humberto Soto. “I know the kind of fighter Orozco is and was prepared to take on a young tough fighter. I think I dominated the fight, the judges, with all due respect scored this fight wrong. The fight was really on my side.”
Soto could be right about his opinion about the fight, but unfortunately the judges had the last say so. This defeat is going to hurt Soto’s career because it will likely drop him lower in the rankings at 140, and make it more difficult for him to get in position to get a world title shot. Soto isn’t glamorous or young enough to get selected for a title shot in a voluntary defense by one of the light welterweight champions. The loss makes it all but impossible for Soto to get picked out for a title fight. Who knows how long it’s going to take for Soto to work his way back from this loss. It took him three years to rebound from his last defeat to Matthysse.