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Omar Juarez News
The Cuban welterweight contender moves closer to another world title shot as he flaunts an array of skills on FS1 PBC Fight Night.
Omar Juarez Fights
Win vs Angel Martinez Hernandez 10-1-0
Feb 01, 2020 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Angel Martinez Hernandez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Kevin Shacks 3-4-3
Nov 23, 2019 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Kevin Shacks by KO in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Gino De la Paz 2-2-1
Aug 24, 2019 • Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, Texas, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Gino De la Paz by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Seifullah Jihad Wise 3-6-0
Jun 29, 2019 • NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Seifullah Jihad Wise by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Dwayne Bonds 3-1-1
Apr 20, 2019 • Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Dwayne Bonds by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Phillip Percy 0-7-0
Feb 23, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Phillip Percy by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Matt Gavers 0-1-0
Sep 30, 2018 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Omar Juarez WINS against Matt Gavers by UD in Round 4 of 4
Omar Juarez Bio
Hailing from Brownsville, Texas, Omar Juarez is putting his city on the map with his boxing skills in the ring and his humanitarian work outside of it. The undefeated super lightweight is quickly climbing the ranks in his division as he looks to graduate from prospect to contender.
MAKING MAMA PROUD
As a child, Omar Juarez admits to being close to his mother, Nancy, who, nevertheless, with her husband, Rudy Jr., chose pugilism to jump-start the transformation of her middle of three boys into manhood.
“I didn’t really like sports. All I liked to do was be with my Mom. My older brother, Rudy III, was into boxing until Mom and Dad started me in it at the age of eight behind my older brother Rudy, who ended up later on spending most of his time in football,” said Omar, whose younger brother, Sebastian, now 15, has also entered boxing.
As an amateur, Juarez “had 120 fights with 30 losses,” developing a reputation as a devastating body puncher and winning six national titles, including two each in the junior Olympics and Golden Gloves.
But it wasn’t easy.
"My first 10 amateur fights I lost, left and right, getting knocked down. The sport was basically telling me to quit,” said Juarez. “But my father was a huge fan of boxing and it all started with me just trying to make my parents proud. It was hard. Like they say, boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.
“But it made me feel good when I saw it start to build character. I saw my life change completely in a positive way. I told myself, ‘I've just got to keep going. This is gonna take me somewhere. This is gonna help me be something in life and eventually I'll use this platform to help other people, motivate other athletes and give back.’”
TURNING PRO AND BEING AN INSPIRATION
An 18-year-old Juarez’s professional debut was a four-round unanimous decision at 140 ½ pounds over Matt Gavers in September 2018 two years after having graduated with a B-average from Homer Hanna High in his native Brownsville, Texas—and keeping his promise by speaking to youth in his community.
"Growing up, what really motivated me was listening to motivational speakers,” Juarez recalled “I told myself, 'Wow, if just the power of words could change my life, maybe it could change other peoples' lives too.' I always told myself no matter how far I get in my career, I want to give back because growing up, not a lot of people believed in me.”
Juarez has spoken to close to 40,000 community members. Juarez has received recognition from the Texas State Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the cities of Brownsville and San Benito and the Cameron County Commissioner’s Court for his work at schools in his community.
Juarez has been invited to the office of United States Congressman Filemon Vela, accompanying her to migrant camps on the border. He also served as a spokesman to raise awareness for their plight. In February, Juarez was the guest of honor at the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “A Night to Shine,” a prom event for special needs children.
“I get kids coming up and asking me things like, 'Hey man, I know exactly what you mean—I don't party, I don't do drugs,” said Jaurez. “As long as you believe in yourself and work hard, your dreams will become reality.”
A QUICK STUDY
Juarez’s nickname, “Lightning,” is appropriate given his relatively swift ascension over the following year.
“El Relampago” went 5-0 with four stoppage victories in 2019 comprising a second-round TKO of Phillip Percy (February), a four-round unanimous decision over DeWayne Bonds (April), consecutive first-round knockouts of Seifullah Jihad Wise (June) and Gino De la Paz (August), and a sixth-round stoppage of Kevin Shacks (November).
Bonds was a southpaw who entered at 3-1-1 (one KO), De la Paz was floored once, and Shacks, three times by Juarez, who improved to 6-0 with four KOs. For Shacks, Juarez spent part of his camp in his native Brownsville before going to San Antonio to finish sparring with WBA 140-pound champion Mario Barrios.
“I got really good sparring with a world champion and somebody I admire. I'm a big fan of Mario Barrios. He's an incredible fighter and I learned a lot from being in the ring with him. As I'm getting older, I can feel my body getting stronger. I'm having a great training camp to say the least."
Jaurez also met Mexican legend and Hall of Fame former champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., who “gave me some tips and said he'll see me at the top” he said of “a big festival in Brownsville called Charro Days.”
“We ended up training a little bit together,” said Jaurez. “It was a surreal feeling.”Juarez overcame some confusion in advance of his last fight in February, a unanimous decision over tough journeyman Martin Angel Hernandez (19-19-1, 12 KOs), who carried deceptive power and had been in the ring with former champions Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Mike Alvarado, title challenger Michael Farenas and contender Abel Ramos.
Juarez and his team had initially thought they were to face Mexico’s Angel Martinez Hernandez, who was 10-1 (10 KOs), which ended up not being the case.
“There was a mix-up, and the guy we faced had fought Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysee, and it was definitely a big career win for me. It was a beautiful experience, especially fighting a veteran with over 30 fights, my first eight-rounder as well,” said Juarez, who floored Hernandez in the seventh round after discovering the truth about his rival at the pre-fight weigh-in.
“We had been watching film of the other guy until we found out, and then, we switched to studying the man we beat that night. He was a veteran fighter, using elbows, holding me, but I was able to overcome everything. There are levels to this, and I have a lot of work left to do, but I learned a lot. I’m still a prospect, but I’m gradually getting more comfortable. I’m only 20 years old, and I’m being patient, but it won’t be long before everyone in the boxing world knows who I am.”