David Díaz (boxer)

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David Díaz
Statistics
Nickname(s) Dangerous
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1976-06-07) June 7, 1976 (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 36
Wins by KO 17
Losses 4
Draws 1

David Díaz (born June 7, 1976) is an American former professional boxer. He is a former WBC lightweight champion, losing this title to Manny Pacquiao in his only defense.

Professional career[edit]

Diaz accumulated an undefeated record of 26-0 before losing to Kendall Holt by TKO in the 8th round. He defeated José Armando Santa Cruz for the interim title on August 12, 2006. On February 20, 2007, Diaz was awarded the title when Joel Casamayor, the champion at the time, was stripped of the title for signing to fight a rematch against WBO champion Acelino Freitas rather than defend against him – it should nevertheless be noted however, that the lightweight title bout between old foes Casamayor and Freitas never took place because Freitas fought and lost his WBO title to WBA champion Juan Díaz instead.

Diaz defeated Mexican legend Erik Morales on August 4, 2007, by a controversial unanimous decision to defend his title.[1] On June 28, 2008, Diaz lost his title to Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas via 9th-round TKO earning Pacquiao his fifth world championship in five different weight divisions.[2][3]

After a lay-off that saw Diaz out of the ring for over a year, he returned to face Jesús Chávez on September 26, 2009. He won the fight by majority decision.

On March 13, 2010, Diaz challenged Humberto Soto for his old WBC lightweight title, which had recently been vacated by Edwin Valero, on the undercard of Pacquiao's fight with Joshua Clottey. Soto defeated Diaz, dropping him in the opening and closing rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.[4]

Amateur Highlights[edit]

Professional record[edit]

Result Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss United StatesHenry Lundy TKO 6 2011-08-19 United StatesThe Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win United StatesRobert Frankel RTD 5 2011-01-28 United StatesUIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss MexicoHumberto Soto UD 12 2010-03-13 United StatesCowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States For vacant WBC lightweight title.
Win MexicoJesús Chávez MD 10 2009-09-26 United StatesUIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss PhilippinesManny Pacquiao TKO 9 2008-06-28 United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC lightweight title.
Win MexicoRamon Montano MD 10 2008-03-15 United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win MexicoErik Morales UD 12 2007-08-04 United StatesAllstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States Won WBC lightweight title.
Win MexicoJosé Armando Santa Cruz TKO 10 2006-08-12 United StatesThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won interim WBC lightweight title.
Win MexicoCristian Favela UD 12 2006-06-16 United StatesCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win MexicoSilverio Ortiz UD 12 2006-03-17 United StatesAragon Ballroom 1106 W Lawrence, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Draw Georgia (country)Ramazan Paliani PTS 12 2005-12-10 United StatesGrand Victoria Casino, Rising Sun, Indiana, United States
Win ColombiaJuan Polo Perez TKO 3 2005-10-21 United StatesSavvis Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Won vacant IBA Lightweight title.
Win United StatesJohn Trigg UD 4 2005-08-20 United StatesAllstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesTyrone Wiggins TKO 3 2005-06-02 United StatesFamily Arena, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Loss United StatesKendall Holt TKO 8 2005-02-04 United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Diaz down in round 1, Holt down in round 7.
Win ColombiaJaime Rangel TKO 9 2004-12-10 United StatesAragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesJaime Morales UD 8 2004-07-09 United StatesStar Plaza Theater, Merrillville, Indiana, United States
Win ColombiaEner Julio TKO 10 2004-05-15 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesEmanuel Augustus UD 8 2004-01-30 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesFrankie Sanchez UD 8 2003-12-12 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesJuaquin Gallardo UD 8 2003-09-13 United StatesPechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States
Win ColombiaNelson Manchego KO 1 2003-07-18 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesAndre Baker TKO 6 2003-06-06 United StatesPark West Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win UgandaFranco Ogentho KO 1 2003-04-11 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win GuyanaDillon Carew TKO 3 2003-02-07 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesDamone Wright TKO 4 2002-12-13 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesClifton Woods TKO 2 2002-10-17 United StatesAmbassador Club, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win United StatesAnthony Cobb TKO 6 2002-09-27 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win The BahamasSteve Larrimore TKO 2 2000-09-08 United StatesChicago, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesMark Tang TKO 3 1999-09-09 United StatesNoa Noa, Stone Park, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesRafael Salas TKO 4 1999-04-21 United StatesRamada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win United StatesAdam Leibowitz TKO 6 1999-02-27 United StatesMiccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win Antigua and BarbudaGeorge Kellman UD 6 1998-12-19 United StatesMiccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win Puerto RicoAlberto Sepulveda SD 6 1998-05-05 United StatesGrand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win United StatesTheon Holland TKO 4 1998-03-14 United StatesTrump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win MexicoEduardo Castillo UD 6 1997-11-15 United StatesSpotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, United States
Win MexicoDaniel Hernandez UD 4 1997-09-13 United StatesThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United StatesTroy Crain UD 6 1997-06-15 United StatesGrand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win United StatesJesse Berry UD 4 1997-02-22 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win United StatesMark Andreske UD 4 1997-01-10 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win United StatesMarcos Antonio Rodriguez UD 4 1996-11-30 United StatesTingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Professional debut.

Community[edit]

Diaz is involved with mentoring various youth. He is also active in the Mexican-American community of Chicago. In September 2013, he was the Grand Marshal of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Earlier in that very same year on February 28, 2013, Diaz endorsed friend and former boxer Bill Evans as a candidate for Cook County Sheriff in 2014.[5]

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Preceded by
Eleazar Contreras Jr
IBA Lightweight Champion
October 21, 2005 – January 26, 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Stevie Johnston
Preceded by
Jose Armando Santa Cruz
interim WBC Lightweight Champion
August 12, 2006 – February 20, 2007
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
Joel Casamayor
Preceded by
Joel Casamayor
Stripped
WBC Lightweight Champion
February 20, 2007 – June 28, 2008
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao