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Brandon "The Heartbreaker" Figueroa brought his WBA Super Bantamweight Championship belt to Commissioners Court as he was congratulated for winning the World Championship bout in a match against Yonfrez Parejo on April 20 in Carson, Ca. The 22-year-old Weslaco native was joined by his father Omar Sr., who also is his trainer, and his sister Omayra, who works with him on strength and conditioning.
"I would like to thank the County of Hidalgo for recognizing me," said Figueroa. "It's my job to represent the valley at a world-class level, and I don't just do my job inside of the ring, but outside as well," said Figueroa.
This evolving boxer is the younger brother of a former world champion Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. Standing at five feet, nine inches tall and weighing 122-pounds, the unbeaten “Heartbreaker” is forging his own path.
"I’ve been blessed. I have two world champions; my sons, and also my daughter. I am very proud of our team," said Figueroa Sr.
Figueroa set a CompuBox record with 142 punches thrown in one round during the match.
Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, who sponsored the resolution, said Figueroa not only is a champion in the ring, he also has the heart of a champion, working to help raise funds for DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez, who is recovering in an Edinburg hospital after being shot while on duty last month.
Commissioners Court recognized Figueroa for his commitment and extraordinary success in the sport of professional boxing and for bringing pride to his hometown of Weslaco, Hidalgo County, and the State of Texas.
“It feels amazing to experience a dream come true and I can’t wait for what’s to come next," said Figueroa.