David Díaz (boxer)

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David Díaz
Statistics
Nickname(s) Dangerous
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1976-06-07) June 7, 1976 (age 41)
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 who competed from 1996 to 2011, and held the WBC lightweight title from 2007 to 2008.

Amateur highlights[edit]

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]

Outside the ring[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]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
41 fights 36 wins 4 losses
By knockout 17 3
By decision 19 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
41 Loss 36–4–1 United States Hank Lundy KO 6 (10), 0:37 Aug 19, 2011 United States The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, U.S. For NABF lightweight title
40 Win 36–3–1 United States Robert Frankel MD 10 Jan 28, 2011 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39 Loss 35–3–1 Mexico Humberto Soto UD 12 Mar 13, 2010 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. For vacant WBC lightweight title
38 Win 35–2–1 Mexico Jesús Chávez MD 10 Sep 26, 2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
37 Loss 34–2–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao TKO 9 (12), 2:24 Jun 28, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC lightweight title
36 Win 34–1–1 Mexico Ramón Montaño MD 10 Mar 15, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
35 Win 33–1–1 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Aug 4, 2007 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Mexico José Santa Cruz TKO 10 (12), 2:26 Aug 12, 2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC interim lightweight title
33 Win 31–1–1 Mexico Cristian Favela UD 12 Jun 16, 2006 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S. Retained IBA lightweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 Mexico Silverio Ortiz UD 10 Mar 17, 2006 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
31 Draw 29–1–1 Georgia (country) Ramazan Paliani MD 12 Dec 10, 2005 United States Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, Rising Sun, Indiana, U.S. Retained IBA lightweight title
30 Win 29–1 Colombia Juan Polo Perez TKO 3 (12), 2:07 Oct 21, 2005 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won vacant IBA lightweight title
29 Win 28–1 United States John Trigg UD 4 Aug 20, 2005 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
28 Win 27–1 United States Tyrone Wiggins TKO 3 (8), 3:00 Jun 2, 2005 United States Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
27 Loss 26–1 United States Kendall Holt TKO 8 (10), 2:26 Feb 4, 2005 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 Colombia Jaime Rangel TKO 9 (10), 2:25 Dec 10, 2004 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 United States Jaime Morales UD 8 Jul 9, 2004 United States Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Colombia Ener Julio TKO 10 (10), 1:42 May 15, 2004 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Emanuel Augus UD 8 Jan 30, 2004 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Frankie Sanchez UD 8 Dec 12, 2003 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 United States Juaquin Gallardo UD 8 Sep 13, 2003 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Nelson Manchego KO 1 (10) Jul 18, 2003 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Andre Baker TKO 6 (6), 0:01 Jun 6, 2003 United States Park West, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Uganda Franco Ogentho KO 1 (10), 2:59 Apr 11, 2003 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Guyana Dillon Carew TKO 3 (8) Feb 7, 2003 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Damone Wright TKO 4 (6), 0:47 Dec 13, 2002 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Clifton Woods KO 2 (4), 1:32 Oct 17, 2002 United States Ambassador Club, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Anthony Cobb TKO 6 (6), 1:33 Sep 27, 2002 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 The Bahamas Steve Larrimore TKO 2 Sep 8, 2000 United States Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Mark Tang TKO 3 (8), 1:31 Sep 9, 1999 United States Noa Noa West, Stone Park, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Rafael Salas TKO 4 (6), 0:54 Apr 21, 1999 United States Ramada Inn O'Hare International Airport, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Adam Leibowitz TKO 6 Feb 27, 1999 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Netherlands Antilles George Kellman UD 6 Dec 19, 1998 United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Puerto Rico Alberto Sepulveda SD 6 May 5, 1998 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Theon Holland TKO 4 Mar 14, 1998 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Eduardo Castillo PTS 6 Nov 15, 1997 United States Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Daniel Hernandez UD 4 Sep 13, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Troy Crain PTS 6 Jun 15, 1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Jesse Berry UD 4 Feb 22, 1997 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Mark Andreske UD 4 Jan 10, 1997 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Marcos Antonio Rodriguez UD 4 Nov 30, 1996 United States Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Robert Frazier
U.S. Golden Gloves light welterweight champion
1993, 1994
Next:
Demarcus Corley
Previous:
Demarcus Corley
U.S. Golden Gloves light welterweight champion
1996
Next:
Adan Reyes
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Eleazar Contreras Jr.
IBA lightweight champion
October 21, 2005 – August 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Stevie Johnston
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
José Santa Cruz
WBC lightweight champion
Interim title

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