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Antonio Orozco off HBO Latino card after fainting at home

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Undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco fainted at his home on Thursday morning, suffering from dehydration as he tried to make weight and has been pulled from Friday’s HBO Latino broadcast at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz told

“He passed out trying to make weight,” Diaz said in a phone interview. “He got too dehydrated. But he’s ok now. He just had to go to a hospital. They put IV’s in him and hydrated him back up.”

Orozco (25-0, 16 knockouts) was set to face Fidel Maldonado Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) in the co-feature of an HBO Latino triple-header. Their bout has been replaced by Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) vs. Roy Tapia (12-1-2, 6 KOs) to open the broadcast, Diaz said. The show is headlined by light heavyweight contenders Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) vs. Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs); the co-feature pits Eddie Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) against Rashidi Wellis (16-0, 11 KOs) in a crossroads welterweight bout. Maldonado Jr. is also off the card, according to Diaz.

The WBC mandated on Wednesday that Orozco face Amir Imam in a 140-pound eliminator for the right to face champion Terence Crawford if he had won on Friday. It’s not clear if Thursday’s development will affect the WBC’s order. It’s the first time that Diaz can recall Orozco having such trouble making weight. “At this point we’re obviously concentrating on fixing the show and we’ll talk to the WBC on Monday,” Diaz said. “He’s fine but we have to see later how he’s going to feel.”