Prospect Of The Month: Omar Juarez
By Gary Kittilsen
Boxing in the Rio Grande Valley has gotten red hot, the region is giving the fight world top-notch prospects and future world champions.
No prospect is brighter than 20-year-old Brownsville, Texas native and PBC signed Jr welterweight/ lightweight ” El Relampago” Omar Juarez.
Juarez’s incredible skill set was on center stage for his homecoming fight on August 24th in nearby Edinburg, Texas, less than an hour from the fighter’s hometown, Juarez scored a sensational knockout of an overmatched opponent named Gino De La Paz in front of his hometown crowd and got a massive applause from the local fans on the undercard of Brandon Figueroa vs Javier Chacon that aired live on FS1.
It will take you more time to read this then it took Omar Juarez to dispose of his last opponent. In exactly 100 seconds Valley native landed numerous picture-perfect left hooks that rocked De La Paz, mixed in some quality body shots. Then backed his man into the ropes set him up perfectly with a snapping jab went downstairs to the body with a left hook then landed two massive right hands the second of which he loaded up and threw from Matamoros, Mexico that landed perfectly on the jaw of De La Paz putting him down and out. Juarez is barely 20-years old, has accumulated a perfect record of 5-0 (3), has fought four times this year and what he did on August 24th may have made El Relmpago the leader in the clubhouse for knockout of the year. An award he may have to split with fellow stablemate Henry Arredondo, who scored a vicious one-punch left hook knockout on a Roy Jones Jr cared earlier this year, both fighters train at the South Park Boxing Academy in San Antonio, Texas under the tutelage of Rick Nunez.
Relampago strikes quickly, and Juarez has, moving up the ranks and getting national attention in less than 12 full months of being a pro. Juarez signed with Al Haymon coming out of the amateurs and its no wonder. On first look, the Texan is a big physically strong kid with huge one-punch power. There is however so much more to El Relampago, he has an extraordinary ring IQ a lightning-quick jab that does damage when he lands as well as slick boxing skills, precise footwork, and excellent head movement and is an excellent counter puncher. The kid is also primed to do this.
At just 20, he has pep rallies for his fights in his hometown where the locals watch his fights. He also doubles as a motivational speaker. There is absolutely nothing to not like about Juarez, who has campaigned predominately at 140 but says he can easily make 135 a division that is already choc filled with blue-chip prospects like Teofimo Lopez, San Antonio native Hector Tanajara, Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia add Tanajara to that mix and you have the making of what will be a new golden age of the 135-pound division.