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Unbeaten Orozco re-signs with Golden Boy

Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco, who is closing in on his first title shot, has agreed to a new deal with promoter Golden Boy. Golden Boy Promotions

Junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco already had his next fight set and now he has a new promotional agreement to boot.

Golden Boy Promotions announced on Monday that it has re-signed Orozco to a multi-year contract extension.

"Since I was a child I always dreamed to be part of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions," Orozco said. "This is where I started my career and this is where I would like to finish. I am at my prime, and re-signing with Golden Boy represents the second chapter of my career to become a world champion."

Orozco, 28, of San Diego, is closing in on a world title shot and is scheduled to face Abner Lopez (25-5, 19 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of an HBO Latino-televised card on July 30 (11:30 p.m. ET/PT) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said he was happy to keep Orozco in the fold.

"Antonio Orozco is one of the best fighters in our stable at Golden Boy Promotions, and with his natural talent, skill and strong work ethic, he is poised to become a world champion in this sport, without a doubt," De La Hoya said. "I'm proud Antonio chose to stay with the Golden Boy family, and I'm excited to see him conquer the division and rise to the top of the sport."

Orozco, nicknamed "Relentless" because of his pressure style, scored his biggest win in October when he outpointed former world titleholder Humberto Soto over 10 rounds. He is coming off a first-round knockout of former lightweight world titlist Miguel Acosta on March 25. Next up is Lopez and, with a win, surely a much bigger fight.

"I look for great things for Antonio Orozco," manager Frank Espinoza said. "We started with Golden Boy and this is where we want to finish. We enjoy being part of the Golden Boy family and with their help we know we will get to the next level and fight for a world title."