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Oxnard alum, professional boxer tells students to stay positive

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Professional boxer and former Oxnard High School graduate Hugo Centeno Jr. signs posters for students after his motivational talk Tuesday morning. © Troy Harvey/VC Star

Life — with its knockout punches and unexpected blows — is a lot like boxing.

That’s what professional boxer and Oxnard High School graduate Hugo Centeno Jr. told students when he returned to the campus Tuesday morning to encourage them to keep fighting for their dreams.

“Don’t let anyone push you down or tell you you can’t do it,” he told two crowds of 300 students each in the school’s performing arts center. “Stay positive and get up after you get knocked down.”

Centeno, 21, began boxing professionally during his final year at the Gonzales Road school and remains undefeated, having won 16 matches.

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