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Vargas-Tomlinson, Orozco-Taylor, Frankie Gomez in March tripleheader

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Francisco Vargas (L) vs. Victor Sanchez in September 2012. Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images.

Francisco Vargas (L) vs. Victor Sanchez in September 2012. Vargas qualified to represent Mexico in the 2008 Olympic Games. Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images.


Undefeated junior lightweight Francisco Vargas will face Will Tomlinson and unbeaten junior welterweights Antonio Orozco and Frankie Gomez will compete in separate bouts on March 12, Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya announced on Monday. The fights will take place in San Antonio and be broadcast on HBO Latino.

“Undefeated records, title shots and the opportunity for even bigger fights down the road,” said De La Hoya, in a release. “With so much on the line, fans can bet that fireworks will be in great supply on March 12.”

Vargas (21-0-1, 15 knockouts), 30, scored a third-round knockout over former two-division titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in July, which followed wins over Jerry Belmontes and Abner Cotto.

“I am preparing for the best Tomlinson can give me. This fight is very important for me, a win would only get me closer to a world title fight,” said Vargas, who is rated No. 7 at 130 pounds by THE RING. “My manager, Joel De La Hoya, and Golden Boy Promotions are guiding me down the best path and I can promise that I will give them and the fans the best fight on March 12.”

Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs), 28, has won two eight-rounders since losing a unanimous decision to Belmontes last March.

“I am very excited to fight Francisco Vargas. He is a hungry, aggressive fighter,” said Tomlinson. “I think I have the speed, strength and movement to not only beat Francisco, but also to give the fans one hell of a fight and introduce myself to the Latino fans.”

Coming off a unanimous decision over former beltholder Steve Forbes in October, the 27-year-old Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs), who is also promoted by Golden Boy, will clash with Emanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), a 24-year-old who is 1-2 in his past three fights.

“I am ready to put up a good fight for the fans,” said Orozco. “I know Emanuel Taylor is a tough fighter but I am more than ready to showcase my talent. This is another step closer to becoming a world champion.”

Taylor faced stiff competition throughout 2014. In succession, he lost by unanimous decision to RING No. 3 Chris Algieri last February, rose from an eighth-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision over Karim Mayfield in July, then fell by unanimous decision to No. 5-ranked Adrien Broner in September.

“I will be 100 percent ready, and I know it will be a good fight with Orozco,” said Taylor. “I am very confident that I will win this fight.”

Taylor was floored in the 12th round by Broner, a three-division titlewinner.

“We are looking forward to watching Taylor fight again and expect an extremely exciting fight against Orozco,” said Taylor’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia, president and CEO of Star Boxing. “Taylor showed his grit against Adrien Broner last September, and we have high hopes for him on March 12 and the rest of 2015.”

Coming off a unanimous decision over Vernon Paris, whom he dropped in the fourth round, Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs), who turns 23 next month, will fight an opponent to be determined, according to De La Hoya.

Note: Quotes from a release