Orozco survives first round, K.O.'s Huerta in second

1/25/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Former Garden City boxer Antonio Orozco survived two first-round punches from veteran Miguel Angel Huerta and came back with a knockout with one minute gone in the second to earn his 19th victory in as many fights Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.

The light welterweight fight, the main event on FOX Sports 1 television, was short and full of drama.

With just about one minute remaining in the opening round, Huerta landed a combination of punches, including a hard left hook, that rocked Orozco. A flurry of punches from Huerta seemed to daze Orozco as he went up against the ropes.

But in the closing 30 seconds, Orozco landed several counters and managed to get out of the round.

At the start of the second, Orozco came out the aggressor, and went on the offensive. He landed a pair of body punches to Huerta before a thunderous left hook connected to the side of Huerta's face, and the powerful shot lifted Huerta's feet off the mat and sent him sprawling.

Huerta did pick himself back up and took a few more punches before the fight was halted by the referee just one minute into the round.

Orozco now has accounted for 15 knockouts in his 19 victories.

The 26-year-old Orozco moved to Garden City at an early age and attended schools, graduating from Garden City High School and boxed for the Garden City Boxing Club. He now resides in San Diego.

Next up for the Garden City professional boxers will be Thursday's bout between Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo, scheduled to be televised on FOX Sports 1, with air time at approximately 8 p.m.

The fight is a scheduled 12-rounder at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It will be Ortiz' first fight in nearly 19 months since he had his jaw broken against Josesito Lopez.

That was Ortiz' second straight loss, the other coming in that 2011 controversial knockout loss in the fourth round against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.

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