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Antonio Orozco expecting fireworks in fight with Vergil Ortiz

The two welterweights collide tomorrow on DAZN.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) prepares himself to take on hot young prospect Vergil Ortiz (13-0, 13 KOs) tomorrow night on DAZN, the 31-year-old fighter tells RingTV that he had no reservations about taking this fight, despite Ortiz being a solid favorite to beat him.

“When the fight was presented, I thought it would be one hell of a fight because of the type of fighter I am and the type of fighter Vergil Ortiz is,” said Orozco earlier this week. “Because he is young, you can see that Vergil is a fighter that wants to put on a show. That’s a big danger in any fight and it’s something you have to look out for. Vergil is just that type of fighter; very exciting (and) aggressive.”

The last time Orozco took on a highly-regarded opponent, it resulted in a wide decision loss to Jose Ramirez last fall. Orozco has since bounced back with a lower-level win, but knows that despite Ortiz’s tender age of 21, he’ll still be in deep.

“Going into somebody’s backyard is no easy task,” Orozco admitted. “We just have to be prepared to the best of our abilities and expect a very strong fighter that night. After the Ramirez fight, I think I found out exactly what I’m about. I faced a fighter in Ramirez, and I pushed myself until the fight was finished. I think that says a lot about myself. We’re going to bring that same passion Saturday night.”

Orozco finished by saying that he’s fully confident that Ortiz and himself will put on a show the fans can be sure to enjoy, because he knows they’ll be coming to bang it out. And if Ortiz is everything he’s been hyped up to be, he’s going to have to show up and show out this weekend.

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