If Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are going to have the fight of this weekend, they have some work cut out for them.
From the opening bell, it was a lively fight in front of a lively crowd, and in the end, Jose Ramirez left Fresno, California, still holding the WBC junior welterweight title.
Ramirez (23-0, 16 KO) dropped Orozco (27-1, 17 KO) in the fourth round on a right hand to the head, then again on a left hook to the body in the eighth. But Orozco kept himself in the fight, surviving both of those rounds and even fighting back both times, and was never completely out of things.
That said, the scores were all the same, and were clear: 119-107 across the board for Ramirez, who deserved the victory without question and proved again he’s got legitimate star potential in the sport.
In the co-feature, Jamel Herring moved down to 130 pounds and put in quite possibly his best performance as a professional, outpointing John Moralde over 10 rounds. The only thing that spoiled the night for Herring was a clash of heads in the final minute of the bout that opened up a nasty gash, and will take time to heal. All three judges had the fight a shutout, 100-90 for Herring, who improves to 18-2 (10 KO), while Moralde falls to 20-2 (10 KO).
In the TV opener, 18-year-old super featherweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr improved to 10-0 (5 KO) with a six-round decision win over Roger Gutierrez (7-2-1, 4 KO). Gutierrez was game, but he was just outgunned for the most part, though he did drop Flores in the first round.