Joel Diaz Jr. Injured, Withdraws From ESPN FNF Bout

Junior featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) was forced to pull out of his ESPN Friday Night Fights' co-feature bout against Tyler Asselstyne due to a wrist injury he suffered during training. The fight was to take place this Friday on a card being held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This would have been Diaz's 2013 debut, but instead he will have to allow time for his injury to heal and then get back to the business of fighting. Still, even with the delay Diaz understands it is something that occurs from time to time and he remains in surprisingly high spirits as he looks forward to his next time out.

"It just happened, I couldn't prevent it and it was just one of those things. I can tell you that if this injury wasn't so severe I would've tried to work through it, but after speaking with my team I've realized that it is always best to play it safe when it comes to things like this. I'll be back, this is a minor setback in the major push I'm looking to make in 2013," Diaz Jr.

Diaz's promoter Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360 Promotions was disappointed to hear the news, but understands that it's part of the game.

"It comes with the territory, Joel is a true warrior and if he's hurt that means it was unavoidable. I mean you can't keep track of the postponements caused by injuries because it's the hazard associated to such a physical sport. I know Joel and he's only comeback with an undeniable intensity, don't feel sorry for him, feel sorry for his next opponent," Yagobi said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SnakeVen0m on 02-07-2013

I can't believe this. This better not the the norm for fighters trying to skip fights. Not saying anyone has but this makes you wonder how many of them are legit.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 02-07-2013

Man wtf is going on? Garcia, Devon, Lemieux, Diaz, etc. This is really getting ridiculous, will there be any ****ing fights this year or what? Is everyone on roids or going balls to the wall when training? Christ man...boxing keeps…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 02-07-2013

Too many injuries all around the same time, usually the week of the fight. Sommething is up, too fishy.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 02-07-2013

Piece of advice: Do not look forward to any fight this year cause chances are one of the fighters will get "injured". [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by ElBossHogg™ on 02-07-2013

damn that sucks.

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