Juan Reyna returns to boxing ring after a year

Juan Reyna’s boxing career is back on track.

More than a year since his previous bout, the Brownsville fighter defeated Juan Diaz of Corpus Christi on a four-round unanimous decision March 4 at Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.

Reyna (6-6-1, two knockouts) is normally a cruiserweight, but he fought as a heavyweight this time. He weighed 201, while Diaz (0-2) came in at 261 pounds.

“It was a comeback fight for me after a year of rest (out of the ring),” said Reyna, who knocked down his opponent twice in the opening round. “I felt kind of rusty, but this win gives me a lot of motivation. It shows me that even after a year (off), I’ve still got it in me.”

Reyna said he may be fighting again in April in California.

The 23-year-old fighter has worked out at Community Boxing Gym in Brownsville since he was 6. He said he will continue to train there.

“I feel blessed being there,” Reyna said. “They let me train there and never ask for anything in return. What Freddy (director/head trainer Alfredo Avila) does there, it’s for the community. It’s not for himself.”

Reyna said he thanks his sponsors and plans to continue moving forward with this boxing career coming off his March 4 win.

UPDATE

McAllen lightweight Angel Hernandez gave a strong showing but came up on the short end of a 10-round unanimous decision against undefeated Andy Vences of Watsonville, California, on Friday at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Vences, who defeated Casey Ramos of Austin in his previous fight, improved to 18-0 with 10 KOs. Hernandez is now 13-8-1 with eight KOs.

After the fight, Hernandez posted on his Facebook page, “Friday night didn’t go my way. I left it all in the ring, but came up short and lost a decision. It was a great experience. I will come back from this loss. I would like to thank everyone who wished me luck and everyone who showed support. And thank God my opponent and I came out of the fight in good health.”

UPCOMING

Weslaco super bantamweight Brandon Lee Figueroa (11-0, nine KOs) is scheduled to fight an opponent to be announced on March 28 in California.

Extreme Fight Night returns to the Golazo Soccer facility in Pharr on April 22. It’s presented by Texas Rage and South Texas Fighting Academy. For more information, call (956) 456-5786 or (956) 460-7808.

The “Noche de Campeones II” boxing show presented by Silver Promotions is scheduled April 22 at Boggus Ford Events Center in Pharr. The event is set to feature the return of Harlingen’s Juan “J.P.” De La Rosa plus a rematch between Weslaco’s Jose Prado and Mexico City’s Shoki Sakai. For more information, call (956) 206-9543, (956) 456-9081, (956) 463-5524 or (956) 618-4363.

The STFC 42 mixed martial arts cage fighting show is scheduled May 19 at McAllen Convention Center. For more information, call (956) 414-8698 or (956) 562-2622.

Roy Hess covers sports for The Brownsville Herald. You can reach him via email at rhess@brownsvilleherald.com. On Twitter he’s @HessRgehess