Miguel Angel Huerta’s nickname is “The Anesthesiologist” and he almost lived up to the moniker on Friday night when he had unbeaten junior welterweight Antonio Orozco hurt in the first round.
Fortunately for Orozco, he had the right anecdote to survive the round and gave Huerta a dose of his own medicine in the following round. Orozco overcame the difficult first round to stop Huerta in second round at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
The scheduled 10-round bout headlined a Golden Boy Live! telecast on Fox Sports 1, and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Even though he had a breakthrough 2013 and is considered a legitimate prospect at 140 pounds, Orozco was taking a major step in competition. Despite his record, Huerta has fought and beat some of the best prospects and contenders at lightweight and junior welterweight.
After a feeling out first half of the opening round, Huerta hurt Orozco with a counter left hook to the chin. Orozco took a major risk in trying to fight back rather than tie up, but he was able to weather the onslaught from Huerta.
Within a few moments after the start of the second round, Orozco dropped Huerta with a counter left hook to the chin. The impact of the punch somewhat spun Huerta off of his feet, landing onto his side.
Huerta got up and tried to fight back. He was pinned with his back against the ropes by Orozco and although it looked as though he was fighting back, referee Pat Russell stepped in and stopped the fight.
It was a good learning experience for Orozco, who was tested by a savvy veteran and was able to overcome adversity.
Orozco, who fights out of San Diego, improved to 19-0, 15 knockouts. Huerta, from Mexico City, Mexico, falls to 27-12-1, 18 KOs.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, East Los Angeles featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez won a hard-fought eight-round unanimous decision over spoiler Derrick Wilson.
The bout was supposed to produce fireworks from the dangerous punchers, but turned into a tactical bout.
Ramirez scored a knockdown over Wilson in the opening round, dropping him with a counter left hook to the head. Ramirez was able to dictate the pace during the first half of the fight, throwing and landing more punches.
Wilson came on in the fifth and sixth rounds, increasing his punch output and at times, beating Ramirez to the punch. It looked as though Wilson would swing momentum in his direction until the seventh round, when he was dropped by another counter left hook to the head. Wilson was able to survive the round, but slowed down considerably in the final round.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ramirez, 78-72, 78-72, and 79-71. RingTV.com also scored the bout 78-72 in favor of Ramirez, who improves to 10-0, 6 KOs.
Wilson, from Fort Myers, Fla, drops to 10-6-2, 3 KOs.
In the opening bout of the telecast, heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale stopped Homero Fonseca after the third round of a scheduled eight round bout.
The stockier Fonseca charged out from his corner at the opening bell and took the fight to Breazeale. He was able to land a few wild hooks and crosses, but began to noticeably tire after the first round.
With each passing minute, Fonseca’s punch output dropped considerable, making him more susceptible to getting hit more by Breazeale. By the third round, Breazeale rained down punches onto Fonseca. While the Fonseca was not visibly hurt, he was getting hit repeatedly and his face began to take a toll.
After the third round ended, on the advice of Fonseca’s corner, the bout was stopped.
Breazeale, who resides in Anaheim, Calif., goes to 9-0, 9 KOs. Fonseca, from Driscoll, Texas, falls to 10-7-3, 3 KOs.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Boxingscene.com. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing