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Joel Diaz on His Sparring Sessions With Mercito Gesta

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene was on hand for an intense sparring session between undefeated lightweight contender Mercito Gesta and  undefeated super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz (11-0) at The Summit Gym in Big Bear, Calif.  Gesta is preparing for his title shot against IBF champion Miguel Vazquez that takes place on December 8th on the Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez pay-per-view undercard.

Diaz is considered one of the sport's elite prospects.  He burst onto the national scene with his epic battle against Guy Robb that took place this past January.  He is looking to return to the ring in December but he doesn't have anything finalized at the moment.

Diaz appreciated the battle that Gesta gave him in their sparring session.
 
"It is a blessing to work with Gesta, man. I got to work with another southpaw up here at The Summit. He's the only one other than Ponce De Leon (I got to work with). He's a great fighter," Diaz said.

Diaz's trainer Abel Sanchez said that while his pupil isn't too keen on fighting southpaws he was grateful for the work Gesta provided.  Sanchez knows that big fights against southpaws could be in Diaz's future.  Diaz agreed with his trainer and admitted that he needs more work versus southpaws.

"I learned that I need to work outside more. Coach Abel kept telling me to work outside. Fighting southpaws really ain't my thing but we are mastering them.  It was good work for me and good work for him," Diaz told Boxingscene.

I asked Diaz for his opinion on the Vazquez-Gesta showdown and he thinks that the Filipino has a very good chance of taking Vazquez's title.

"The way he is training man I wouldn't doubt that he stops him. He's a tough, quick southpaw. He's a very good fighter," Diaz stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrpain81 on 11-20-2012

[I]Joel Diaz is a bad ass, definitely someone to look out for. Check out his fight against Guy Robb, one of the best of the year imo.[/I]

Comment by killakali on 11-20-2012

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;12719307]You obviously didn't read the article. The article is talking about Joel Diaz the 20-21 year old fighter from Palmdale, not Joel Diaz the coach from Coachella!!![/QUOTE] Joel Diaz has some skills. pretty fast too

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 11-20-2012

[QUOTE=turnedup;12719286]Joel Diaz = Overrated...sorry to say it but it's the damned truth. After them bullshh comments when Bradley was gifted his win..one minute he was "We're losing you need a ko to win"..the next he's telling reporters "I knew we…

Comment by turnedup on 11-20-2012

Joel Diaz = Overrated...sorry to say it but it's the damned truth. After them bullshh comments when Bradley was gifted his win..one minute he was "We're losing you need a ko to win"..the next he's telling reporters "I knew we…

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