Antonio Orozco goes by the nickname, 'Relentless.'
Based on his performance on Thursday night, he might want to trademark that moniker.
Orozco lived up to it against a savvy, veteran fighter in Martin Honorio, winning a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision at the Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif.
The bout headlined a Golden Boy Live card that was broadcast live on Fox Sports One and Fox Sports Deportes.
Orozco was coming off a second round knockout victory over Miguel Angel Huerta on January 24 in Indio, Calif. It was a significant step up in opposition and one where fight fans saw Orozco scored the knockout after having been hurt in the previous round.
Honorio was another significant challenge for the 26-year-old Orozco, even though his best days as a pro were as a featherweight and super featherweight. Honorio does have wins over Steven Luevano and John Molina.
From the opening bell, Honorio worked from the outside, looking to attack the body with frequency. He was able to land, but would get countered to the head by Orozco.
As the bout progressed, Orozco increased his punch output. As he did this, he successfully began walking Honorio down, allowing him to connect with more regularity. Honorio's punch output dropped significantly with each round.
Things went bad for Honorio in the eighth round when he was hurt by a hard left jab from Orozco. The punch connected to Honorio's nose, prompting the veteran fighter to back away and gar onto his nose as if it might have ben fractured or broken.
In the ninth round, Honorio was deducted a point from referee Jose Cobian for hitting Orozco in the back. Orozco looked as though he was looking for at least a knockdown, or knockout in the final round, but Honorio was able to hold on.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Orozco, 100-89, 100-89, and 99-90.
Orozco, from nearby San Diego, improves to 20-0, 15 KOs. Honorio, from Mexico City, DF, Mexico, drops to 32-9-1, 16 KOs.
Avila stops De La Mora
Unbeaten super bantamweight Tino Avila stopped former world title challenger David De La Mora in the second round.
After a competitive first round, Avila took the fight to De La Mora in the second round. During an exchange, Avila landed a counter left hook to the head, dropping De La Mora to the canvas. After getting up, De La Mora was met with a barrage of hard punches to the head. Moments later, Avila dropped De La Mora with a right-left combination to the head.
After De La Mora got up again, Avila went in for the kill. Avila landed a hard right to the head and moments later, dropped De La Mora a third time, this time courtesy of a right hand to the head. Referee Pat Russell saw enough and waved the fight over at 1:52.
Avila, from Fairfield, Calif., goes to 15-0, 6 KOs. De La Mora, from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, drops to 25-6, 18 KOs.
Roman bests Silveira
Bantamweight Manuel Roman won a one-sided six round unanimous decision Jose Silveira.
Roman did his best to keep Silveira on the outside with his jab. Silveira did his best to get inside of Roman's guard, where he was able to land occasional overhand right hands to the head.
Roman did his best work in the middle rounds, particularly in the third round. He attacked the body of Silveira with hooks and right hands, prompting Silveira to hold on. The punches began to take its toll as Silveira's punch output dropped considerably. Silveira received a reprieve of sorts in the fourth round, when he recovered from an obvious low blow by Roman. Referee Jose Cobian deducted a point from Roman for the infraction.
The final two rounds were dictated by Roman, but Silveira hung in there, trying to counter Roman with right hands. He was able to do so occasionally whenever Roman stood in the pocket too long, but did not do it often.
All three judges scored the bout 59-54 in favor of Roman, who improves to 17-2-3, 6 KOs. Silveira drops to 15-11, 6 KOs.
Espadas survives Harris
Middleweight Elias Espadas won a four round unanimous decision over Jamal Harris.
Espadas landed the more telling blows, using reach and youthful exuberance to beat Harris to the punch in the first half of the fight. Harris came on in the final two rounds, beating a tiring Espadas to the punch in the final two rounds.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Espadas, 39-37, 39-37, and a questionable 40-36.
Espadas, from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, goes to 6-1, 3 KOs. Harris, from Los Angeles, Calif., drops to 5-9-4, 3 KOs.
Francisco A Salazar has written for RingTV 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, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing