Raul “El Tigre” Casarez has made a triumphant return to the boxing ring.
The Edinburg middleweight came back after a two-year period of inactivity to headline Saturday’s Extreme Fight Night 5 show at South Texas Fighting Academy in Palmhurst and won on a second-round technical knockout against Marcos Oseguera of Honduras.
Casarez, whose most recent fight prior to Saturday was in October 2015, improved to 21-7 with 10 KOs, while Oseguera is now 2-1 with two KOs. Casarez had lost his three previous bouts, and actually suffered defeats in five of his last six fights before winning on Saturday.
After the victory, Casarez said via the social media: “Team Tigre is back and we have our eye on a world title. People may say it’s not possible, but they also said I couldn’t fight anymore … just sit back and watch me do it. God is good. God bless everyone.”
During his two-year absence from the ring, Casarez had some difficulty receiving medical clearance to fight because it was feared he had suffered an injury to the head during one or more of his most recent losses.
In the meantime, Casarez has been operating Tigre’s Boxing Gym in Edinburg.
“Tigre” was back in fine form Saturday night in earning his decisive, early round win that now sets the stage for more fights in the future.
Originally, Harlingen cruiserweight/heavyweight Raphael “Machine Gun” Murphy was scheduled to fight in Saturday’s co-main event, but the bout didn’t happen. Supposedly his opponent from Iowa couldn’t get his required paperwork completed in time to be approved to fight.
Murphy (11-1, nine KOs) said he remains upbeat and patiently awaits his next opportunity to fight.
Among those boxers who fought on the show presented by Texas Rage and South Texas Fighting Academy, the winners included Mission’s Eddie Garza (unanimous decision), McAllen’s Dimas DeLeon (unanimous decision), Pharr’s Brandon Lobato (unanimous decision), Edinburg’s Nelson Hampton (TKO), Edinburg’s Manuel Montano (split decision) and Alamo’s Fernando Robles (unanimous decision).
The next boxing show at South Texas Fighting Academy is expected to take place sometime early next year, possibly in February, fight organizer Noe Beltran said.
McAllen mixed martial arts fighter David “DJ” Fuentes (12-10) is scheduled to fight Dec. 1 in the Combate Americas 19 show at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Fuentes is scheduled to face Joel “The Demon” Scott (6-6) of Nederland. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at freeman.coliseumsanantonio.com or by calling (210) 226-1177.