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Antonio Orozco to face Emmanuel Taylor on May 15


Antonio Orozco is one of the more talented prospects in a loaded junior welterweight division. He will attempt to substantiate that statement and prove he is ready to take the next step toward contender status.

Orozco (21-0, 15 knockouts) will return to the ring on May 15 against Emmanuel Taylor, manager Frank Espinoza told RingTV over the weekend.

The 10-round bout, along with a 12-round bout between Jose Benavidez Jr. and Jorge Paez Jr., will take place at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix, Ariz. with Top Rank Promotions and Iron Boy co-promoting the card.

Orozco and Taylor were scheduled to fight on March 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Orozco had to withdraw from the fight in early February when he suffered a cut over his right eye during training camp.

In his last bout on Oct. 10, Orozco won a one-sided, eight-round unanimous decision over former world titleholder Steve Forbes.

Orozco is managed by Espinoza and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) gave a good effort in a close, 12-round, unanimous decision loss to Adrien Broner on September 6. Taylor has solid wins over Raymond Serrano, Victor Cayo, and, most recently, Karim Mayfield.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.