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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…

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