As the wins pile, Orozco creeps closer to title shot

As the corner man meticulously tapes Antonio Orozco’s hands, the grin spreads across his face.

Is it the media buzz around him? The hopes? The fears?

All you can say is Miguel Acosta can’t love seeing his opponent smirk at the most important fight of his life.

"On the 25th, nothing changes," Orozco said. "It’s for my career. We have to get that win."

The light welterweight fighting out of San Diego has never left the ring as a loser, going 23-0 through the last nine years. Seven of those have been by knockout.

That’s how you get a nickname like Relentless.

"Looking back at all these victories…we’re progressing," Orozco said. "Every fight is different and every fighter is different. Each camp, we just have to be better than our previous fight."

As the 28-year-old from Tecate jumps rope and shadow boxes, its easy to see how he blazed past Humberto Soto on his pay per view debut a few short months ago. The bout on March 25 will be televised as well, but it serves as a much larger launching pad.

Four different boxing federations have Orozco ranked in the super lightweight division, meaning a win against the accomplished Acosta means he can no longer be ignored in the title picture.

"We’re all thriving to reach stardom," Orozco said. "It takes fights like these."

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