Omar Juarez shows what the hype is about against Elias Araujo
Omar “El Relampago” Juarez (10-0, 5ko) put on a body-punching display against tough Argentina fighter “El Macho” Elias Damian Araujo (21-2, 8ko). Juarez is a silky-smooth boxer that can also get down and dirty if the fight calls for it. His memorable first-round destruction of Gina De La Paz back in August 2019 is still a must-watch highlight-reel knockout. Furthermore, the 21-year-old Texas prodigy is a well-decorated amateur with over 100 bouts. He was also rated a top 10 fighter by USA boxing.
Araujo is a veteran fighter that has primarily fought in Argentina. This will be fighting his second time on US soil, coming off a 3-2 record in his last five fights. He will be looking to use his experience to defeat the young prospect.
COMING IN STRONG
Juarez was in control of the fight from the moment the bell sounded thanks to his jab. The young prospect kept the fight in the center of the ring by landing the occasional left-right hook to the body of the Araujo. When the fight turned into a phonebooth, Juarez found a home for the left hook to the body and performed a perfect pull-counter right-hand.
As the fight continued, El Relampago was in full control. He began every round with a hard jab. He would follow-up with the left hook to the body and a right hand splitting the high guard of Araujo. However, Araujo would score a good right hand, but paid for it with an uppercut, left hook, and right hook flurry.
As the fight would turn back into a phonebooth, the younger fighter showed excellent counter-punching ability, landing a rapid-fire hook to the body, two hooks upstairs, and two uppercuts all with the right hand.
In the final moments of the fight, the body shots started paying off. The punches from Araujo became arm shots and he was hit with a brutal left hook to the body that made him hold for the first time in the fight.
Juarez was laser-focused against a tough, aggressive fighter. He fought strong, digging to the body with five hard, left hooks going to the final bell. One judge scored the fight 98-92, and two saw it 99-91 for the young prospect.
The junior welterweight division is heavily stacked, and this young lion just announced his arrival.
By: Bakari Simpson