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Posted on: August 7, 2013

[ARCHIVED] COMMISSIONERS COURT RECOGNIZES OMAR FIGUEROA JR. AKA "PANTERITA"

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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognized Omar Figueroa, Jr., aka "Panterita," for his continued success in the professional sport of boxing. Figueroa, a native of Weslaco, started boxing at the young age of seven when his father Omar Figueroa, Sr., also a former fighter, gave him his first pair of boxing gloves. Figueroa trained through out his childhood and after graduating from Weslaco East High School June 1, 2008 he won his first fight 17 days later.

After briefly attending Texas A&M University, Figueroa decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional fighter. Figueroa quickly rose through the ranks and caught the eye of Oscar De La Hoya, who signed the 5 foot 8 boxer to Golden Boy Productions in 2009. Figueroa became the first fighter from the Rio Grande Valley to sign with the illustrious team. With Golden Boy Productions, Figueroa has proven himself in the ring by remaining unbeaten in more than 22 fights, with 17 ending in knock-outs. His most recent fight was held on July 27 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio where he won by unanimous decision securing the interim WBC Lightweight title belt.

Figueroa thanked Commissioners Court and stated during the road to success times were tough but he persevered. He expressed how he holds the Mexican saying "Si se puede" dear to his heart and takes that with him when he trains on and off the ring. Figueroa was accompanied by his father Omar Figueroa Sr., his mother Judith Figueroa and his daughter Sofia.

Along with the recognition of the Court, a representative from Congressman Filemon Vela's office, Humberto Garza, presented Figueroa with the US Flag in support of his continued success.

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court applauds Figueroa for his outstanding success in the sport of professional boxing and for bringing pride to his hometown of Weslaco, Hidalgo County and the State of Texas.

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