- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior welterweight Antonio Orozco, one of the more exciting prospects in boxing, will kick off 2014 by facing Miguel Angel Huerta in a scheduled 10-rounder on Jan. 24, Golden Boy Promotions announced.
The fight will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., and headline the season debut of “Golden Boy Live” (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET).
San Diego’s Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs), nicknamed “Relentless” because of his pressure style, has won six fights in a row by knockout and could be poised for a big 2014.
Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs), a southpaw from Mexico, is a steppingstone opponent, but vastly experienced, having faced several good opponents, including Mike Alvarado, Mauricio Herrera, Julio Diaz, Rolando Reyes and Victoriano Sosa. However, Huerta lost his only fight in 2013 (an eight-round decision to Herrera) and had not previously fought since 2008.
In the co-feature, former junior middleweight titlist Cornelius "K9" Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) squares off with southpaw Joey Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in a title elimination bout that will make the winner the mandatory challenger for titlist Carlos Molina.