The co-main event of the night saw San Diego, California’s Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) take on Humberto Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico in a brutal 10-round super lightweight fight. The crowd was served up a satisfying bout that started out strong with Soto pinning Orozco to the ropes in the second round.
However, Orozco came back strong in the third round, delivering a series of powerful body blows as well as several punches to the back of Soto’s head that drew a warning from the referee. Early on in the fifth round, Orozco had Soto on the ropes, but Soto quickly bounced back with a series of combos to end the round. Round seven brought a back and forth battle between the two opponents, but ended with Soto capitalizing on a momentary lapse in Orozco’s defense to land an effective series of blows that caught him by surprise. Orozco however came back with aggression in the eighth round delivering a below the belt punch that had Soto on his knees and drew a penalty. Orozco followed this up with another series of debilitating blows that had Soto on the ground again to end the ninth round. Orozco begins the tenth round with another assault to Soto’s beltline that the ref deems a slip. Undeterred, Orozco continues his attack on Soto, ending the bout with a final highly effective combo. In the end Orozco emerged victorious with his undefeated record unmarred in a hard-fought unanimous decision.
“I feel great about the win,” said Antonio Orozco. “It has been something we have been working for my entire career. This means that we have stepped it up in competition, and I am ready for a world title fight. I felt that I set the pace to this fight, but it wasn’t easy. Soto is a tough fighter, he came prepared and I have a lot of respect for him. This was a great learning experience for me and proves I am ready for the next step in my career.”
“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.”