Texas A&M beckoned, but the ring pulled Omar Figueroa Jr. harder

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In another world, Omar Figueroa Jr., could have been an Aggie. In another world, he also could have been a crime fighter, or a dinosaur, we suppose, but let’s stick with the more plausible alternate-reality scenarios here.

Omar Figueroa Jr.

Omar Figueroa Jr.'s construction dreams are sidelined right now to make room for a career in face destruction.

Figueroa enrolled at Texas A&M with a plan to major in the school’s unique construction science program. He lasted all of a semester. The lure of boxing proved too strong—after all, he’d been doing it since he was around 5 years old.

Hard to fault that decision when you’re staring down the barrel of a 24-0-1 record. But construction didn’t stray far from Omar Figueroa’s mind.

“That’s something I wanted to do since I was in pre-K,” he said. “I know a couple of contractors. I’ve been getting some info off of them into how it goes and how it is. I’m pretty sure I’m going to go into real estate after boxing. I want to build or maybe partner up with someone that already owns a company or something. I just want to be involved with all that stuff.”

After a career based on knocking ‘em down, a post-ring life of building ‘em up might make for a nice change.

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