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Figueroa Jr.'s next fight to be held in Hidalgo

Rio Grande Valley fight fans received some good news during the past week.

  • icon Posted: February 23
Saturday 11/08/2014
Magdaleno, Hevinson set to fight
Posted: November 08, 2014

PHARR  No. 4-ranked super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno appreciates Top Rank Boxing for giving him opportunities to further his ring career.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Olympic boxer Diaz wins, remains undefeated, at Hidalgo show
Posted: September 29, 2014

HIDALGO — Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. wanted to come out victorious and still undefeated following his main event fight against Raul “Blue” Hidalgo on Monday at State Farm Arena.

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Olympic boxer Diaz highlights tonight's card in McAllen
Posted: September 28, 2014

When Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz steps into the State Farm Arena ring for the main event of tonight’s boxing card in Hidalgo, he will be facing one of the most experienced fighters he has ever gone against: Raul Hidalgo.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Fight card set for Monday at State Farm
Posted: September 24, 2014

HIDALGO — Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, the older brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, has been added to the fight card of Monday’s boxing show at State Farm Arena.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Pharr Events Center to host Mike Tyson show in November
Posted: September 19, 2014

Famed boxer Mike Tyson will hit the stage at the Pharr Events Center for “Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth” on Nov. 23. The production is directed by Spike Lee.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Promising Valley fighters highlight undercard at show
Posted: September 10, 2014

HIDALGO — The main-event bout between heavyweights Antonio Tarver and Jonathan Banks on Sept. 29 at State Farm Arena will feature a group of young, up-and-coming Rio Grande Valley fighters on the undercard of a boxing show to be televised by FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

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Saturday 08/16/2014
Weslaco's Figueroa defends WBC lightweight title by TKO against Estrada
Posted: August 16, 2014

Weslaco native Omar Figueroa successfully defended his WBC lightweight title by defeating Daniel Estrada via a ninth-round TKO on Saturday in Carson, Calif.

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Monday 08/11/2014
Weslaco boxer Figueroa dealing with hand injury ahead of WBC lightweight title fight
Posted: August 11, 2014

McALLEN — Weslaco native Omar Figueroa Jr. heads into his WBC lightweight title defense with his troublesome hand injuries feeling better than they did prior to his last fight. The question, however, is how long that will last.

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Sunday 07/27/2014
Boxing Notebook: 'Amenaza' becoming television fixture
Posted: July 27, 2014

Weslaco welterweight Robert "La Amenaza" Garcia has found a home as a regular on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights."

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Edinburg's Salinas headlines STFC 29 MMA Show
Posted: May 15, 2014

McALLEN — Danny Salinas, of Edinburg, pursues his 15th mixed martial arts victory in the main event of the STFC 29 “May Day” cage fighting show tonight at the McAllen Convention Center.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Weslaco's ‘Panterita’ to defend title next month
Posted: March 27, 2014

Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr.’s first title defense will be against an old foe from his amateur days.

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Friday 01/17/2014
Figueroa Jr. set to make return to ring March 8
Posted: January 17, 2014

Weslaco native and WBC Super Interim Lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa will return to action March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against Ricardo Alvarez, the brother of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.

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Saturday 07/27/2013
Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. ready to achieve his dream Saturday night
Posted: July 27, 2013

Omar Figueroa Sr.’s dream of training a world-champion boxer began long before his son could even hold a glove, let alone throw a left hook.

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Friday 06/21/2013
Two local fighters compete in Valley MMA event Friday night
Posted: June 21, 2013

MISSON – Pride is on the line in tonight’s MMA fight between Leroy Martinez and Matt Mooney.

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Saturday 06/01/2013
'Panterita' ready for next step in his career
Posted: June 01, 2013

WESLACO — When asked if he lived in a house by a lake, Omar ‘Panterita’ Figueroa Jr. answered by saying that he just lives in a house in Weslaco.

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Wednesday 05/29/2013
Mayweather announces Alvarez fight on Twitter
Posted: May 29, 2013

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather will fight young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand.

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Saturday 04/27/2013
Casarez stunned in comeback attempt by Austin fighter
Posted: April 27, 2013

PHARR — Raymond Gatica of Austin stunned Raul “El Tigre” Casarez of Edinburg in the main event of the “Friday Night Fights” boxing show at Pharr Events Center by winning on a fourth-round knockout before an estimated crowd of 2,000 fight fans.

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Molina to fight for title tonight
Posted: April 27, 2013

Whether it's in the boxing ring, or life in general for that matter, Lyford heavyweight Eric "Drummer Boy" Molina (19-2, 14 knockouts) has never been one to shy away from a challenge.

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Thursday 04/25/2013
Valley fighters to clash tonight
Posted: April 25, 2013

Edinburg light middleweight Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (19-3, nine knockouts) goes against a familiar foe Friday in the eight-round main event of the “Friday Night Fights” boxing show presented by Anthony Cavazos Promotions at Pharr Events Center.

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Wednesday 04/24/2013
Weslaco boxer 'Panterita's exposure growing
Posted: April 24, 2013

WESLACO — San Antonio is starting to become a second home for Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr.

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Sunday 04/21/2013
Edinburg’s Raul Casarez prepping for Friday fight
Posted: April 21, 2013

In preparation for his main event fight on Friday in Pharr, Edinburg light middleweight Raul Casarez (19-3, nine knockouts) has been sparring against Weslaco’s Robert Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs).

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Weslaco’s ‘Panterita’ shines on big stage
Posted: April 21, 2013

SAN ANTONIO — Omar Figueroa Sr. had his arm around his son Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. as ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced the Weslaco fighter was the winner by knockout over previously unbeaten Abner Cotto on Saturday at the Alamodome.

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Marquez honored in Hidalgo
Posted: December 21, 2012

HIDALGO —Twelve-year-old Diego Zamora-Strader braved the bitter winds on Thursday afternoon for a trip to State Farm Arena, where he clutched some boxing gloves and tried to stay warm under his little coat.

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Sunday 12/09/2012
Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in 6th round
Updated: December 09, 2012 - 1:04 am

LAS VEGAS — Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round Saturday night, putting a ferocious end to the fourth fight between the two boxers.

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Saturday 11/24/2012
Camacho's mother says life support will end
Updated: December 14, 2012 - 8:21 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hector “Macho” Camacho will be taken off life support, his mother said Friday night, indicating she would have doctors do that Saturday. It was a decision the former championship boxer's eldest son opposed.

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Thursday 11/22/2012
Doctor: Puerto Rico boxer Camacho is brain dead
Updated: December 13, 2012 - 8:24 pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, but family members disagreed on whether to take him off life support and two of the fighter's aunts said later that relatives had agreed to wait two more days.

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Thursday 10/25/2012
Perales set for return to ring
Posted: October 25, 2012

Having taken a few months off from boxing to complete his college degree, Brownsville super bantamweight Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales (20-1, 13 knockouts) gets back into the ring tonight to headline the “Friday Night Knockouts” show presented by Triple A Promotions at Harlingen’s Casa de Amistad.

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Monday 10/01/2012
Perales eager to get back into ring
Posted: October 01, 2012

Brownsville bantamweight Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales (20-1, 13 knockouts) can’t wait to get back in the ring.

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Sunday 06/10/2012
Bradley scores stunning decision win over Pacquiao
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 10:58 am

LAS VEGAS — Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges’ scorecards.

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Friday 06/08/2012
Pacquiao a changed man as he prepares for Bradley
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 11:35 am

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao barely escaped to fight another day, and would need 28 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. Juan Manuel Marquez had nearly ended his remarkable run, but that didn't stop Pacquiao from singing at his post-fight concert and partying the night away with his huge entourage.

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Tuesday 05/29/2012
Figueroa still waiting to know next opponent
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Most boxers know the feeling of waiting until the last minute to find out about their opponent.

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Monday 05/14/2012
Tovar cousins to fight on same card
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Cousins Raul and Oscar Tovar come from a boxing family.

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Saturday 05/05/2012
Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Cotto
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 11:43 am

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. used his speed and accuracy to win a unanimous decision Saturday night over a game Miguel Cotto in one of his toughest fights ever.

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Friday 04/13/2012
Belmontes to return to ring in May after long layoff
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:09 pm

McALLEN — Corpus Christi native Jerry Belmontes is glad his so-called vacation is over.

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Friday 03/23/2012
"Amenaza" set for home bout
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm


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Saturday 02/18/2012
Molina knocked out in first round
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 11:56 am

CORPUS CHRISTI — Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina of Lyford gave it his best shot, but it just wasn’t enough as he lost to Chris Arreola, the WBC’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender, on a first-round knockout Saturday at American Bank Center on the undercard of the Don King Promotions “Triple Threat” show.

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Wednesday 02/15/2012
March card to feature Casarez’s biggest fight, Torres' pro debut
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

EDINBURG — In a gymnasium at the Edinburg Boys and Girls Club, Raul “El Tigre” Casarez and Isaac Torres announced they will be the star attactions for the Golden Boy Promotions Fight Night Showdown card to be held March 17 at the Pharr Events Center.

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Wednesday 01/11/2012
"Panterita" to return to ring in March
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 11:28 am

Weslaco’s Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, the WBO intercontinental lightweight champion, will return to the ring on March 17, his father Omar Figueroa Sr. confirmed Wednesday.

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Saturday 01/07/2012
"Panterita" wins title with 6th round TKO
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 12:17 pm

INDIO, Calif. — Weslaco lightweight Omar "Panterita" Figueroa defeated Michael “Mikey” Perez by a sixth-round TKO in their scheduled 10-round WBO intercontinental lightweight title fight late Friday night.

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Friday 01/06/2012
Weslaco's Figueroa set for toughest test tonight
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 11:04 am

Weslaco lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (13-0-1, 10 knockouts) is starting the new year with what figures to be the toughest fight of his boxing career. 

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Wednesday 12/21/2011
Officials: Mayweather to take deal, clear cases
Updated: June 19, 2013 - 4:23 pm

LAS VEGAS — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to plead guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges in a plea deal resolving felony allegations that he battered his ex-girlfriend, court officials said Tuesday.

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Thursday 10/20/2011
Cruz, Maldonado headline Golden Boy show in Pharr
Updated: June 17, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Eric “La Maquina” Cruz (13-7-3, 13 knockouts) defends his WBC Youth World lightweight title against Fidel Maldonado Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event of today’s Golden Boy/Cavazos Boxing show at Pharr Events Center.

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Friday 09/16/2011
Ortiz has exciting style for Mayweather fight
Updated: June 19, 2013 - 4:23 pm

LAS VEGAS — Victor Ortiz knocks people down, and he’s done it every time he has stepped into the ring. He also goes down, twice in his last fight alone.

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Monday 08/01/2011
Diary Day 1: Torres suffers setback in Olympic Trials
Posted: August 01, 2011

MOBILE, Ala. — It wasn’t a bad day. I thought we actually won. I really don’t know how the judges scored it.

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Friday 07/29/2011
Torres preparing for Olympic trials
Updated: June 19, 2013 - 4:43 pm

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Monday 07/25/2011
Perales wishes Torres the best at U.S. Olympic Trials
Updated: June 17, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Only two fighters from the Rio Grande Valley have ever qualified for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials.

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Saturday 07/23/2011
Khan stops Judah to add title
Posted: July 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Amir Khan won a second piece of the 140-pound title Saturday night, stopping veteran Zab Judah with a body punch in the fifth round of a scheduled 12-round unification bout.

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Carr provides outlet for Valley youth
Updated: June 19, 2013 - 10:23 am

MERCEDES — Upon entering Beto’s Boxing Club, one can’t help but notice the old-school gym feel.

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Friday 07/08/2011
Diary Day 3: Torres one win away from Olympic Trials
Updated: June 17, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Mission amateur boxer Isaac Torres is competing in USA Boxing’s Last Chance Qualifier in Cincinnati from July 4-9 for a chance to compete in the Olympic Trials later this month. Every day he will write about his experiences trying to make the Olympic Trials, as told to The Monitor.

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Diary Day 4: Torres wins qualifier, headed to Olympic Trials
Posted: July 08, 2011

CINCINNATI — It is a dream come true. That was our main goal — to make the Olympic Trials. That was our short term goal. Our next goal is to make the Olympic team.

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