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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:27 pm

Nothing gives Brownsville featherweight Johnny “Blaze” Tapia more satisfaction than fighting in front of his hometown fans.

Tapia gets that chance Friday when he headlines the “Browntown Beatdown” boxing show presented by S-U-NIK Promotions at Brownsville’s Amigoland Convention Center.

The main event featuring Tapia will be a six-round featherweight bout for the vacant ABF USA title. Tapia’s opponent is to be announced this week.

Due to injuries and other factors, it’s been exactly one year since Tapia’s last fight. He is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision loss Feb. 16, 2018, to 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (10-0. six knockouts) in Reno, Nevada.

The last time Tapia fought at Amigoland Convention Center was Sept. 22, 2017, when he captured a victory on a fifth-round technical knockout.

Tapia (8-2, three KOs) considers this week’s fight a way to get his boxing career back on track.

“I feel excited about this chance to fight in my hometown,” said Tapia, who is coached by Brownsville trainer Robert Campos. “I want to capitalize on an opportunity like this. It’s the perfect way for me to start off 2019.

“I’m just ready to fight,” he added. “That’s what fighters do is fight. I want to use this bout to get back into rhythm. I’m not in a rush (to prove anything). The most important thing is getting back my rhythm in the ring. I’m happy to be the headline fight here in my hometown, and I just want to invite everyone to come out and see the show.”

Tapia said this week’s fight will be at 126 pounds, which is the featherweight division. For his next fight, possibly in April, he plans to drop to 122 pounds, which is the bantamweight division.

The “Browntown Beatdown” weigh-in is scheduled Thursday afternoon at Luke Fruia Motors in Brownsville.

Juan Tapia Jr., Johnny’s father and manager, said just about all of the tables for Friday’s show are sold out. Individual tickets remain available by calling S-U-NIK Promotions at (956) 592-6163 or Blazing Boxing and Fitness at (956) 639-2848.

“A lot of the seating is sold, and we want to thank people for all their support,” Juan Tapia Jr. said.

Also scheduled to fight on Friday’s card is McAllen middleweight Enrique “El Tornado” Alvarez (7-0, five KOs). In all, seven bouts are scheduled.

The Amigoland Convention Center doors open at 6 p.m. Friday.

RELAMPAGO UPDATE

Brownsville welterweight Omar “El Relampago” Juarez is scheduled to fight his second pro bout Feb. 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Fox Sports 1 television. It is expected to be a four-round fight.

Juarez made his pro debut on Fox Sports 1 last Sept. 30 in Ontario, California. In that fight, he defeated Matt Gavers on a four-round unanimous decision. Last year, prior to his pro debut, Juarez signed with Al Haymon Promotions.

PANTERITA UPDATE

Weslaco welterweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19 KOs) is scheduled to fight a 10-rounder against John Molina Jr. (30-7, 24 KOs) of Covina, California, on Saturday at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Figueroa, the former WBC lightweight world title holder, last fought July 15, 2017, when he defeated Robert Guerrero on a third-round TKO at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

It was not immediately known if Figueroa’s fight will be broadcast on television.

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