Juan Díaz (boxer)

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Juan Díaz
Statistics
Real name Juan Díaz
Nickname(s) Baby Bull
Rated at Lightweight
Junior Welterweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1983-09-17) September 17, 1983 (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 38
Wins by KO 19
Losses 4 (1 KO)
Draws 0
No contests 0

Juan Díaz, born September 17, 1983 in Houston, Texas, is a Mexican-American boxer in the lightweight division, and the former unified WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight champion.

With a record of 35–4 (17 KOs), Juan Diaz announced his retirement from boxing on June 7, 2011 to attend The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School.

Amateur career[edit]

Diaz was 105–5 as an amateur, winning 13 National Gold Medals, two National Silver Medals and four World Championships.[1] He thought he had qualified for the 2000 Mexican Olympic team but was informed he was too young to compete in Sydney. He did not want to wait four more years and turned pro.

Professional career[edit]

Lightweight[edit]

Díaz made his professional boxing debut at age 16 on June 23, 2000 with a first-round TKO victory over Rafael Ortiz.[2] He won his first five fights by knockout.

On November 22, 2003, Díaz won the WBO youth lightweight title with a sixth-round TKO of journeyman Joel Pérez.[2] He accumulated a record of 24–0, which included wins over title challengers Joel Perez and Francisco Lorenzo, before challenging for his first world title.

On July 17, 2004, Díaz defeated Mongolian Lakva Sim for the WBA lightweight title by unanimous decision.[2] Díaz defended the title seven times.[2] On December 4, 2004, he defeated former two-time WBA lightweight champion Julien Lorcy by unanimous decision. In his second defense, he defeated Billy Irwin by 9th round tko. On April 8, 2006, he defended his title against undefeated José Miguel Cotto (brother of Miguel Cotto) with a unanimous decision victory.[2] In his next fight, he defeated Randy Suico by 9th round tko. On November 14, 2006, Diaz successfully defended his title for the fifth time against Fernando Angulo of Ecuador by unanimous decision.

On April 28, 2007, he successfully defended his title against WBO champion Acelino Freitas by TKO after Freitas forfeited the fight before beginning the 9th round, unifying the WBO lightweight championship with the WBA lightweight title. The fight took place in Mashantucket, USA.

On October 13, 2007, Díaz unified a third title by defeating IBF Lightweight champion Julio Díaz in Chicago Illinois. He became the first undisputed lightweight champion since Pernell Whitaker in 1992.

Diaz vs. Campbell[edit]

Nate Campbell defeated Diaz by split decision to become IBF, WBO, WBA Champion, on March 8, 2008 in Cancún, Mexico. This ended Diaz's undefeated streak of thirty-three wins.

Diaz's training is supervised by fitness guru Brian Caldwell of Houston Texas.[3]

Diaz vs. Katsidis[edit]

Díaz (34–1, 17 KO's) won a 12-round split decision over Australia's previous WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, (23–2, 20 KO's) on September 6, 2008. Diaz became the new IBO lightweight champion in the "No Retreat, No Surrender" main event fight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Ringside judge Gale Van Hoy scored the fight 116–112 while Levi Martinez scored it 115–113, all for Diaz, but Judge Glen Hamada had it 115–113 for Katsidis.[4][5]

Diaz vs. Marquez[edit]

On February 28, 2009, Juan Manuel Márquez defeated Diaz in the 9th round of a 12 round bout for the unified world lightweight title. In the opening rounds, Diaz appeared to be winning the fight, pinning Marquez on the ropes and occasionally staggering him with big left hands. In the eighth round, Diaz was cut over his eye by a Marquez punch, much like he was in the loss to Nate Campbell. After starting strong in the ninth round, Marquez's precision punching proved to be too much and Diaz was knocked down twice, bringing an end to the fight. This fight was named "Fight of the Year" for 2009 by Ring magazine and ESPN.com.[6] A rematch was scheduled for July the 31st 2010. The fight was held live on Pay Per View and in U.S. Theaters[7] around the country.

Light Welterweight[edit]

Diaz vs. Malignaggi I & II[edit]

On August 22, 2009, Diaz moved up in weight to challenge Paul Malignaggi for the vacant WBO NABO light welterweight title at a catch-weight of 138½ pounds in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Although the fight was competitive, Malignaggi appeared stronger in the latter rounds. Diaz was ultimately awarded a unanimous decision, however, the scores were controversial with one judge scoring the fight 118–110 in Diaz's favor. Harold Lederman scored the fight 7 rounds to 5 for Malignaggi. On December 12, he had a rematch vs Paulie Malignaggi and was out worked easily by the quicker Malignaggi. All 3 judges scored it 116–111.[8]

Return to Lightweight[edit]

Diaz vs. Marquez II[edit]

Diaz fought Juan Manuel Marquez for the second time on July 31, 2010. Marquez won the fight via Unanimous Decision, 117–111, 118–110, 116–112

Coming out of Retirement[edit]

Diaz vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr.[edit]

Declaring that he had "the fire back," the former unified lightweight titleholder Juan Diaz ended a 2½-year retirement on April 13 by fighting Pipino Cuevas Jr. Trained by Tim Knight of Louisville, KY[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

38 Wins (19 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws,0 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 39–4 United States Gerardo Robles UD 10 2014-03-01 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Win 38–4 United States Juan Santiago UD 10 2013-10-19 United States 1STBANK Center, Broomfield, Denver, Colorado, USA
Win 37–4 Brazil Adailton De Jesus TKO 5 (10) 2013-08-17 United States Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, USA
Win 36–4 Mexico Pipino Cuevas Jr. TKO 6 (12) 2013-04-13 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Loss 35–4 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez UD 12 2010-07-31 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.
Loss 35–3 United States Paulie Malignaggi UD 12 2009-12-12 United States UIC Pavilion Chicago, Illinois Lost WBO NABO Light Welterweight title.
Win 35–2 United States Paulie Malignaggi UD 12 2009-08-22 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Won vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight title.
Loss 34–2 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez TKO 9 (12), 2:40 2009-02-28 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas For vacant WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight title.
Win 34–1 Australia Michael Katsidis SD 12 2008-09-06 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Won vacant IBO Lightweight title.
Loss 33–1 United States Nate Campbell SD 12 2008-03-08 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo Lost IBF, WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.
Win 33–0 Mexico Julio Díaz TKO 9 (12), 0:01 2007-10-13 United States Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois Retained WBO & WBA (Super) and won IBF Lightweight titles.
Win 32–0 Brazil Acelino Freitas RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2007-04-28 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained WBA (Super) and won WBO Lightweight titles.
Win 31–0 Colombia Fernando Angulo UD 12 2006-11-04 United States Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 30–0 Philippines Randy Suico TKO 9 (12), 2:06 2006-07-15 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 29–0 Puerto Rico José Miguel Cotto UD 12 2006-04-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 28–0 United States Arthur Cruz TKO 5 (10), 1:44 2005-07-16 United States Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana
Win 27–0 Canada Billy Irwin TKO 9 (12), 1:27 2005-01-21 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 26–0 France Julien Lorcy UD 12 2004-11-04 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 25–0 Mongolia Lakva Sim UD 12 2004-07-17 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas Won WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 24–0 United States Martin O'Malley TKO 2 (10), 0:55 2004-04-17 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 23–0 United States Joel Perez TKO 6 (10), 1:27 2003-11-22 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas Retained WBC Youth World Lightweight Title.
Win 22–0 Dominican Republic Francisco Lorenzo UD 10 2003-07-19 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas Retained WBC Youth World Lightweight Title.
Win 21–0 United States Eleazar Contreras, Jr. UD 10 2003-05-10 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Won Vacant WBC Youth World Lightweight Title.
Win 20–0 United States John Bailey TKO 7 (10), 2:16 2003-02-01 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 19–0 United States Arthur Cruz TKO 4 (10), 0:39 2002-11-22 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 18–0 United States Roy Delgado TKO 6 (10), 0:46 2002-10-19 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas
Win 17–0 Puerto Rico Peter Nieves UD 10 2002-08-24 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16–0 United States Michael Davis UD 10 2002-07-05 United States Civic Center Arena, Laredo, Texas
Win 15–0 Venezuela Nelson Ramon Medina UD 8 2002-04-27 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 14–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Juarez UD 8 2002-02-15 United States Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 13–0 United States Rudolfo Lunsford UD 4 2001-11-10 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas
Win 12–0 Mexico Ubaldo Hernandez SD 8 2001-09-01 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 11–0 United States Scott Buck TKO 1 (6), 2:26 2001-07-27 United States Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Win 10–0 United States John Trigg UD 6 2001-06-23 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 9–0 United States Carlos Horacio Nevarez KO 1 (6), 2:44 2001-05-19 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 8–0 United States Mahan Washington UD 6 2001-03-02 United States Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 United States Bradley Jensen UD 6 2001-01-13 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 6–0 United States Michael Lucero UD 6 2000-12-01 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5–0 United States Antonio Young TKO 2 (?) 2000-11-10 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 United States Starr Johnson TKO 3 (4) 2000-09-22 United States International Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win 3–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Alvarez TKO 1 (4) 2000-09-02 Mexico Salon Teotihuacan, Mexicali, Baja California
Win 2–0 Mexico Miller Vazquez KO 1 (4) 2000-07-22 Mexico Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Win 1–0 Mexico Rafael Ortiz TKO 1 (4) 2000-06-23 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán Juan's professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

Díaz maintained a full-time academic schedule while boxing,[1] graduating high school from Contemporary Learning Center in Houston in 2001 [1] and obtaining a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Houston–Downtown.

Diaz is a community activist who has been deputized as a Volunteer Voter Registrar for Harris County (Texas). He works with the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area to promote full participation in civic life.[10]

Diaz's company, Baby Bull LLC, partners with ESPN Deportes to produce the radio show ``The Baby Bull Show, which guests popular boxers like Joel Casamayor, Saul Alvarez to name a few. He also has a trucking company, JD Trucking, with his brother Jose as partner.[1]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Juan Diaz Explains Reasons For Retirement From Boxing – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e BoxRec.com editors. "Juan Diaz." BoxRec.com. URL accessed 3 August 2006.
  3. ^ Brian, Caldwell (June 7, 2007). "Caldwell a Source of Strength". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  4. ^ Houston Fighters Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez Win Big, but Judges are the Big Losers. ringsidereport.com. September 7, 2008
  5. ^ Diaz takes IBO lightweight belt via split decision. abs-cbnnews.com (2008-07-09)
  6. ^ Dan Rafael: From Round 1 to Round 9, Marquez-Diaz delivered – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-01-03). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  7. ^ Marquez vs Diaz on the Big Screen. marquezvsdiazonthebigscreen.com
  8. ^ Boxer Diaz goes distance to claim victory at Toyota – Houston Chronicle. Chron.com (2009-08-23). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  9. ^ Juan Diaz set to fight Pipino Cuevas – ESPN Boxing. Espn.com (2013-03-13). Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  10. ^ "Could Politics Be Next for Juan Diaz?". Boxing Tribune. July 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Lakva Sim
WBA Lightweight Champion
July 17, 2004 – February 23, 2007
Promoted
Succeeded by
Jose Alfaro
as Regular champion
New title WBA Lightweight Super Champion
February 23, 2007 – March 8, 2008
Succeeded by
Nate Campbell
Preceded by
Acelino Freitas
WBO Lightweight Champion
February 23, 2007 – March 8, 2008
Preceded by
Julio Díaz
IBF Lightweight Champion
October 13, 2007 – March 8, 2008
Vacant
Title last held by
Pernell Whitaker
Unified Lightweight Champion
October 13, 2007 – March 8, 2008
Minor world titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Isaac Hlatshwayo
IBO Lightweight Champion
September 06, 2008 – February 28, 2009
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Victor Ortiz
NABO Light Welterweight Champion
August 22, 2009 - December 12, 2009
Succeeded by
Paulie Malignaggi