Juan Díaz (boxer)
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
September 17, 1983 |
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Wins by KO||21|
Juan Díaz (born September 17, 1983) is an American professional boxer who held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO lightweight titles in 2008. He announced his retirement from boxing in 2011 to attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School, but returned to the sport in 2013.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 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, Diaz was upgraded to super champion by the WBA, successfully defending 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 (Super) 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.
Brief foray at light welterweight
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
Diaz fought Juan Manuel Márquez for the second time on July 31, 2010. Marquez won the fight via Unanimous Decision, 117–111, 118–110, 116–112
Diaz vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr.
Declaring that he had "the fire back", the former unified lightweight titleholder Juan Díaz ended a 2½-year retirement on April 13 by fighting Pipino Cuevas Jr. Trained by Tim Knight of Louisville, Kentucky
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|46 fights||42 wins||4 losses|
|46||Win||42–4||Cesar Vasquez||TKO||8 (10), 2:09||Aug 6, 2016||Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|45||Win||41–4||Fernando Garcia||TKO||9 (10), 2:24||Mar 19, 2016||Arena Place, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|44||Win||40–4||Carlos Cardenas||UD||10||Sep 6, 2014||Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|43||Win||39–4||Gerardo Robles||UD||10||Mar 1, 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|42||Win||38–4||Juan Santiago||UD||10||Oct 19, 2013||1stBank Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|41||Win||37–4||Adailton De Jesus||TKO||5 (10), 1:51||Aug 17, 2013||Laredo Energy Arena|
|40||Win||36–4||Gerardo Cuevas||TKO||6 (10), 0:55||Apr 13, 2013||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|39||Loss||35–4||Juan Manuel Márquez||UD||12||Jul 31, 2010||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBA (Super), WBO, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles|
|38||Loss||35–3||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||12||Dec 12, 2009||UIC Pavilion Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Lost WBO–NABO junior welterweight title|
|37||Win||35–2||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||12||Aug 22, 2009||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO junior welterweight title|
|36||Loss||34–2||Juan Manuel Márquez||TKO||9 (12), 2:40||Feb 28, 2009||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||For The Ring, lineal, vacant WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles|
|35||Win||34–1||Michael Katsidis||SD||12||Sep 6, 2008||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant IBO lightweight title|
|34||Loss||33–1||Nate Campbell||SD||12||Mar 8, 2008||Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico||Lost WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO lightweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Julio Díaz||TKO||9 (12), 0:01||Oct 13, 2007||Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles;
Won IBF lightweight title
|32||Win||32–0||Acelino Freitas||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Apr 28, 2007||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) lightweight title;
Won WBO lightweight title
|31||Win||31–0||Fernando Angulo||UD||12||Nov 4, 2006||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Randy Suico||TKO||9 (12), 2:06||Jul 15, 2006||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||José Cotto||UD||12||Apr 8, 2006||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Arthur Cruz||TKO||5 (10), 1:44||Jul 16, 2005||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, U.S.|
|27||Win||27–0||Billy Irwin||TKO||9 (12), 1:27||Jan 21, 2005||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Julien Lorcy||UD||12||Nov 4, 2004||AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Lakva Sim||UD||12||Jul 17, 2004||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Won WBA lightweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Martin O'Malley||TKO||2 (10), 0:55||Apr 17, 2004||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Joel Perez||TKO||6 (10), 1:27||Nov 22, 2003||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC Youth lightweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Francisco Lorenzo||UD||10||Jul 19, 2003||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC Youth lightweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Eleazar Contreras Jr.||UD||10||May 10, 2003||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Youth lightweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||John Bailey||TKO||7 (10), 2:16||Feb 1, 2003||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Arthur Cruz||TKO||4 (10), 0:39||Nov 22, 2002||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Roy Delgado||TKO||6 (10), 0:46||Oct 19, 2002||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Peter Nieves||UD||10||Aug 24, 2002||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Michael Davis||UD||10||Jul 5, 2002||Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Nelson Ramon Medina||UD||8||Apr 27, 2002||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Juan Carlos Juarez||UD||8||Feb 15, 2002||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Rudolfo Lunsford||UD||4||Nov 10, 2001||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Ubaldo Hernandez||SD||8||Sep 1, 2001||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Scott Buck||TKO||1 (6), 2:26||Jul 27, 2001||Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||John Trigg||UD||6||Jun 23, 2001||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Carlos Horacio Nevarez||KO||1 (6), 2:44||May 19, 2001||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Mahan Washington||UD||6||Mar 2, 2001||Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Bradley Jensen||UD||6||Jan 13, 2001||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Michael Lucero||UD||6||Dec 1, 2000||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Antonio Young||TKO||2 (6), 1:43||Nov 10, 2000||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Starr Johnson||TKO||3 (4)||Sep 22, 2000||International Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Juan Carlos Alvarez||TKO||1 (4)||Sep 2, 2000||Salón Teotihuacán, Mexicali, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Miller Vazquez||KO||1 (4)||Jul 22, 2000||Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Rafael Ortiz||TKO||1 (4)||Jun 23, 2000||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico||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 bachelor's 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.
- 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.
- Brian, Caldwell (June 7, 2007). "Caldwell a Source of Strength". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-28.
- 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.
- "Could Politics Be Next for Juan Díaz?". Boxing Tribune. July 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byYuri Ramanau
|WBC Youth lightweight champion
May 10, 2003 – April 2004
Title next held byAlex Francisco Velardez
Title last held byVictor Ortiz
|WBO–NABO junior welterweight champion
August 22, 2009 – December 12, 2009
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byIsaac Hlatshwayo
|IBO lightweight champion
September 6, 2008 – February 28, 2009
Juan Manuel Márquez
|Major world boxing titles|
|WBA lightweight champion
July 17, 2004 – February 23, 2007
Title next held byJosé Alfaro
as Regular champion
|New title||WBA lightweight 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
|Honorary boxing titles|
|Non-transferable title||WBO Super champion
November 2007 – February 2008