Advertisement
Advertisement

Omar Figueroa Gets Hero's Welcome After Perez TKO

By Michael "Scoops" Doss

Lightweight Omar "Panterita" Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas returned to a hero's welcome after a his big win from Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The contest was televised by Showtime. Figueroa stopped previously undefeated Michael "Mikey" Perez (15-1) after six rounds.

When Figueroa arrived from California on Saturday at McAllen-Miller International Airport, his father and manger Omar Figueroa Sr., a crowd of family and friends, plus a mariachi band was on hand to greet him.

"I don't think it was my best fight, but I'd say it was my smartest fight," Figueroa told the Brownsville Herald. "I really enjoyed it considering I was the underdog, but I never came close to thinking that I had a chance to lose. Ever since I found out about the fight, my mentality was 'There's no way he's going to beat me. I'm just glad everything came out just like we planned it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 01-09-2012

I love the kids aggression and think he has a bright future in the sport. The way he pressures and goes to the body is impressive. I do think he needs some time to develop a better defense but he…

Comment by New England on 01-09-2012

the kid is a big body puncher and he comes forward we're lacking seriously in that department in this sport i'll be happy to see him again

Comment by Tomasio on 01-09-2012

[B][I]I definitely wanna see this kid again..The way he fought & beat Perez that night reminds Me of Brandon Rios..Figueroa had problems making the weight(which 1 would think he would be weak on fight night)like Rios in his last fight…

Comment by fceeviper on 01-08-2012

A well deserved welcome future champ!

Comment by ИATAS on 01-08-2012

I wanna see more of this kid he made me a fan with his performance. It's funny sometimes the guys with baby faces that simply don't look like fighters are the toughest haha. I never seen either guy before and…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch Garcia: If Golovkin Will Face Floyd at 154, Then Face Canelo at 155 Magdaleno To Apply Pressure For Nonito Donaire Title Shot Tommy Coyle Calls To Avenge Luke Campbell KO Loss Video: Hearn Talks Judging Issues in Boxing, Crolla vs. Barroso Amir Khan Followed Strict Diet Switch For Showdown With Canelo Video: Hearn Excited About Mayweather vs. Matchroom Card Shane Mosley Makes Heroic Rescue Of Baby in Freeway Wreck Video: Eddie Hearn Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Smith, More Garcia: Amir Khan Will Not Be an Easy Fight For Canelo "Fighting Words" - On Francisco Vargas’ Positive Drug Test Bute on Jack Draw: I Started Too Late Yet Again Matthysse To Sit Down With De La Hoya in Vegas, Discuss Future Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card Video: James DeGale on Mayweather, Hearn Rift, Jack, More Video: Callum Smith Breaks Down DeGale-Medina, Jack-Bute Jack-Bute CompuBox Punch Stats Video: Badou Jack Feels Robbed, Looks To The Future Thomas Williams: I Want Adonis Stevenson Next, I Want His Belt! Mayweather's Trademark Filings Could Be Biggest Hint of Return Porky Medina: Badou Jack is Better Than James DeGale Della Rosa, Attou Battle To a Draw For Vacant EU Title Ellerbe Blasts Scoring for Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Video: James DeGale Shakes Head at Rogelio Medina Outing Bute Encouraged by Jack Draw, DeGale Loss: I'm Not Quitting Medina: I Spit at DeGale Because He Was Head Butting, Elbowing Video: Malignaggi on Mayweather, Canelo-Khan, Ward-Kovalev Video: Rogelio Medina Sounds Off on James DeGale Loss Mayweather: Chocolatito is The Pound For Pound Best in The World Video: Lucian Bute Reflects on Jack Draw, Discusses Future April 30 PBC on Fox A Smash Hit In Ring, But Not In the Ratings Batista teams up with Phil Landman, aims for late summer return Andre Berto on Danny Garcia: Tell Me When and I'll Be Ready! Hearn Defends Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale Photos: Badou Jack, Lucian Bute Battle To Controversial Draw Victor Ortiz's Reaction To Crazy Fan Who Tried To Assault Him Eddie Hearn Critical of Al Haymon and PBC Business Model Photos: Andre Berto Drills Victor Ortiz To Avenge First Defeat Photos: James DeGale Taken To His Limit By Porky Medina Ricky Burns Enjoying Low-Profile Approach
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement