Juan Díaz (boxer)
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- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Personal life
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
Diaz was 105–5 as an amateur, winning 13 National Gold Medals, two National Silver Medals and four World Championships. 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.
On November 22, 2003, Díaz won the WBO youth lightweight title with a sixth-round TKO of journeyman Joel Pérez. 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. Díaz defended the title seven times. 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. 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
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.
Diaz vs. Katsidis
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.
Diaz vs. Marquez
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. A rematch was scheduled for July the 31st 2010. The fight was held live on Pay Per View and in U.S. Theaters around the country.
Diaz vs. Malignaggi I & II
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.
Return to Lightweight
Diaz vs. Marquez II
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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
Diaz vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr.
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
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (19 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||40–4||Carlos Cardenas||UD||10||2014-09-06||Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||39–4||Gerardo Robles||UD||10||2014-03-01||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||38–4||Juan Santiago||UD||10||2013-10-19||1stBank Center, Denver, Colorado|
|Win||37–4||Adailton De Jesus||TKO||5 (10), 1:51||2013-08-17||Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||36–4||Pipino Cuevas Jr.||TKO||6 (12)||2013-04-13||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Loss||35–4||Juan Manuel Márquez||UD||12||2010-07-31||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.|
|Loss||35–3||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||12||2009-12-12||UIC Pavilion Chicago, Illinois||Lost WBO NABO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||35–2||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||12||2009-08-22||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas||Won vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight title.|
|Loss||34–2||Juan Manuel Márquez||TKO||9 (12), 2:40||2009-02-28||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas||For vacant WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.|
|Win||34–1||Michael Katsidis||SD||12||2008-09-06||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas||Won vacant IBO Lightweight title.|
|Loss||33–1||Nate Campbell||SD||12||2008-03-08||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo||Lost IBF, WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.|
|Win||33–0||Julio Díaz||TKO||9 (12), 0:01||2007-10-13||Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois||Retained WBO & WBA (Super) Lightweight titles.
Won IBF Lightweight title.
|Win||32–0||Acelino Freitas||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||2007-04-28||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Retained WBA (Super) Lightweight title.
Won WBO Lightweight title.
|Win||31–0||Fernando Angulo||UD||12||2006-11-04||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Randy Suico||TKO||9 (12), 2:06||2006-07-15||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||29–0||José Miguel Cotto||UD||12||2006-04-08||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Arthur Cruz||TKO||5 (10), 1:44||2005-07-16||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana|
|Win||27–0||Billy Irwin||TKO||9 (12), 1:27||2005-01-21||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas||Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||26–0||Julien Lorcy||UD||12||2004-11-04||AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas||Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Lakva Sim||UD||12||2004-07-17||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas||Won WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Martin O'Malley||TKO||2 (10), 0:55||2004-04-17||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||23–0||Joel Perez||TKO||6 (10), 1:27||2003-11-22||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas||Retained WBC Youth World Lightweight title.|
|Win||22–0||Francisco Lorenzo||UD||10||2003-07-19||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas||Retained WBC Youth World Lightweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Eleazar Contreras, Jr.||UD||10||2003-05-10||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Won vacant WBC Youth World Lightweight title.|
|Win||20–0||John Bailey||TKO||7 (10), 2:16||2003-02-01||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||19–0||Arthur Cruz||TKO||4 (10), 0:39||2002-11-22||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||18–0||Roy Delgado||TKO||6 (10), 0:46||2002-10-19||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas|
|Win||17–0||Peter Nieves||UD||10||2002-08-24||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||16–0||Michael Davis||UD||10||2002-07-05||Civic Center Arena, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||15–0||Nelson Ramon Medina||UD||8||2002-04-27||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||14–0||Juan Carlos Juarez||UD||8||2002-02-15||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas|
|Win||13–0||Rudolfo Lunsford||UD||4||2001-11-10||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas|
|Win||12–0||Ubaldo Hernandez||SD||8||2001-09-01||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||11–0||Scott Buck||TKO||1 (6), 2:26||2001-07-27||Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|Win||10–0||John Trigg||UD||6||2001-06-23||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||9–0||Carlos Horacio Nevarez||KO||1 (6), 2:44||2001-05-19||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||8–0||Mahan Washington||UD||6||2001-03-02||Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||7–0||Bradley Jensen||UD||6||2001-01-13||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||6–0||Michael Lucero||UD||6||2000-12-01||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||5–0||Antonio Young||TKO||2 (?)||2000-11-10||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||4–0||Starr Johnson||TKO||3 (4)||2000-09-22||International Ballroom, Houston, Texas|
|Win||3–0||Juan Carlos Alvarez||TKO||1 (4)||2000-09-02||Salon Teotihuacan, Mexicali, Baja California|
|Win||2–0||Miller Vazquez||KO||1 (4)||2000-07-22||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal|
|Win||1–0||Rafael Ortiz||TKO||1 (4)||2000-06-23||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán||Juan's professional debut.|
Díaz maintained a full-time academic schedule while boxing, graduating high school from Contemporary Learning Center in Houston in 2001  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.
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.
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Notes and references
- Juan Diaz Explains Reasons For Retirement From Boxing – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- BoxRec.com editors. "Juan Diaz." BoxRec.com. URL accessed 3 August 2006.
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- Houston Fighters Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez Win Big, but Judges are the Big Losers. ringsidereport.com. September 7, 2008
- Diaz takes IBO lightweight belt via split decision. abs-cbnnews.com (2008-07-09)
- Dan Rafael: From Round 1 to Round 9, Marquez-Diaz delivered – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-01-03). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Marquez vs Diaz on the Big Screen. marquezvsdiazonthebigscreen.com
- Boxer Diaz goes distance to claim victory at Toyota – Houston Chronicle. Chron.com (2009-08-23). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
- Juan Diaz set to fight Pipino Cuevas – ESPN Boxing. Espn.com (2013-03-13). Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
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- Juan Diaz Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Juan Díaz from BoxRec
- Juan Díaz – BoxRec Boxing Encyclopedia
- boxen-artur.de – Encyclopedia
|WBA Lightweight Champion
July 17, 2004 – February 23, 2007
as Regular champion
|New title||WBA Lightweight Super Champion
February 23, 2007 – March 8, 2008
|WBO Lightweight Champion
April 28, 2007 – March 8, 2008
|IBF Lightweight Champion
October 13, 2007 – March 8, 2008
|Minor world titles|
Title last held byIsaac Hlatshwayo
|IBO Lightweight Champion
September 06, 2008 – February 28, 2009
Juan Manuel Márquez
Title last held byVictor Ortiz
|NABO Light Welterweight Champion
August 22, 2009 - December 12, 2009