Maldonado Jr. disappointed Orozco cannot fight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Fidel Maldonado Jr. trained hard for a chance to fight for the vacant WBC Lightweight Title. All of his training is for naught.

The New Mexico boxer found out Thursday, a day before his showdown with undefeated Antonio Orozco, that the fight was off.

Orozco fainted Thursday morning and was was taken to a hospital as a precaution and later released. A spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions said, the undefeated 25-0, Orozco was taken to the hospital because of dehydration.

Maldonado Jr. didn’t sound like a man buying the whole story when KRQE Sports talked to him.

“I’m real disappointed because you know this guy had eight weeks to get ready and couldn’t make weight,” said Maldonado Jr.. “Come on, he’s the number one contender for the WBC or whatever. It’s real disappointing because I wanted to go up there and get the W and take his spot.”

Maldonado Jr. said promoters were still trying to find him an opponent by Thursday evening, but it did not look good.

Maldonado Jr. also said he is not sure when he will get another opportunity like the one that just went away.

Maldonado Jr. is currently 22-3-1 with 19 knockouts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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