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WESLACO — Omar Figueroa Jr. couldn’t help but smile Friday ahead of the Premier Boxing Championship show, which he headlines next week at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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Just 57 seconds into the preliminary card of UFC 192 on Saturday, Edinburg’s Frank Treviño was cornered against the cage, where he received an onslaught of answered blows as Katy’s Sage Northcutt defeated the veteran fighter in his promotional debut.

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  • BY GREG LUCA | STAFF WRITER
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In the eyes of Weslaco’s Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia, a weight issue brought on by unfortunate timing is the only thing keeping him out of today’s fight. After trainer Edgar “Butch” Sanchez said Thursday that Garcia had suffered a mental breakdown and was likely finished in boxing, Garcia sa…

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Weslaco’s Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has been removed from Saturday’s fight against Errol Spence Jr. after suffering a “mental breakdown,” trainer Edgar “Butch” Sanchez and promoter Julio Marines said Thursday. Both believe Garcia’s boxing career may be finished.

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Pharr’s Sam Guradiola (5-2) triumphed in the main event of Friday’s STFC 35 mixed martial arts cage fighting show at McAllen Convention Center with a three-round split-decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) against Andoni Rodriguez (4-4) of Barcelona, Spain. It was the fifth straight win for…

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Elsa’s Jesus Gallegos won the Junior Olympics national boxing championship at 80 pounds on Friday, defeating Eli Langford of Jonesboro, Georgia by unanimous decision for his third win of the week in Charleston, West Virginia.

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It was a shining night of mixed martial arts fighting for the Urbina brothers of Weslaco at Saturday’s Hero FC “Best of the Best V” show at Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville before an estimated crowd of 1,300.

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Rio Grande Valley fight fans can look forward to having plenty of boxing/mixed martial arts options in June as there's an event scheduled every weekend.

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HIDALGO — As his fight with Ricky Burns pushed into the 11th round, Omar Figueroa Jr. unleashed his most vicious volley of shots, cracking Burns with a flurry of lefts and rights to bring the partisan State Farm Arena crowd to its feet.

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HIDALGO — A few hours before Omar Figueroa Jr. continued his career unbeaten streak, his younger brother, Brandon, started one of his own.

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McALLEN — Carrying more weight than he has at any point in his career, Omar Figueroa Jr. said he feels stronger than ever entering his first fight at 140 pounds.

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McALLEN — Last weekend, the highly anticipated “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao left millions of viewers disappointed. Omar Figueroa Jr. promises to put on a more impressive show.

San Juan's Enrique Alvarez trains in preparation for his super welterweight bout Saturday, May 9, 2015, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Alvarez is scheduled for a four-round bout against San Antonio's Alberto Espinoza.

  • BY ROY HESS | STAFF WRITER
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There was a time not too long ago when it appeared the boxing career of Weslaco's Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. had reached such a high level that he wouldn't be fighting again in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Gemiyale “Baby Hercules” Adkins was relaxing and enjoying some ideal beach weather Sunday at South Padre Island after winning the main event against “Dangerous” Danny Salinas of Edinburg at Saturday’s STFC 34: “Battle at the Beach” mixed martial arts cage fighting show at SPI Convention Centre.

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Brownsville featherweight Johnny "Blaze" Tapia is getting the celebrity treatment with TV and radio interviews as he draws closer to his first main-event fight to headline Saturday's "Border Wars" boxing show.

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Weslaco welterweight Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia recently said he always expects to face a very tough opponent whenever he fights on television, and added he’d be disappointed if it wasn’t that way.