Vargas headlines card on HBO Latino

Golden Boy Promotions and HBO are teaming for a rare Thursday night boxing card.

Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya announced Monday that on March 12 at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, HBO Latino -- HBO’s Spanish-language channel -- will air a doubleheader (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) topped by Mexican junior lightweight Francisco Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) taking on Australia’s Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs).

In July, Vargas scored his biggest win as he wiped out former two-division titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in a third-round knockout victory.

“Vargas is one or two fights way from a world title fight,” De La Hoya said. “He looked sensational against ‘Juanma.’ He’s right there, knocking on the door of a world title fight and Tomlinson and him should be a very competitive fight.”

Vargas, who is managed by De La Hoya’s brother, Joel De La Hoya, said he knows how important the bout is to his career.

"I am preparing for the best Tomlinson can give me. This fight is very important for me. A win would only get me closer to a world title fight,” he said.

Said Tomlinson: "I am very excited to fight Francisco Vargas. He is a hungry, aggressive fighter. I think I have the speed, strength and movement to not only beat Francisco but also to give the fans one hell of a fight and introduce myself to the Latino fans.”

In the co-feature, all-action San Diego junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) will take on Emanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs), of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.

"I am ready to put up a good fight for the fans. I know Emanuel Taylor is a tough fighter but I am more than ready to showcase my talent,” Orozco said. “This is another step closer to becoming a world champion."

Taylor gave former three-division titlist Adrien Broner all he could handle in a decision loss in his last fight in September.

"I will be 100 percent ready and I know it will be a good fight with Orozco," Taylor said.

De La Hoya said that junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs), the 22-year-old East Los Angeles product and former star amateur, could be added to the card. If he is, he would open the broadcast, which would become a tripleheader.

“We’re looking at a couple of guys for Frankie,” De La Hoya said. “In a couple of fights Frankie will be ready to take on any of the 140-pounders. We have high hopes for this kid.”