Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Juan Diaz On Leaving Ronnie Shields, Getting New Trainer

By Luis Sandoval

Former Lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz is set to make his return to the ring after an almost 3 year hiatus on April 13th as he takes on Pipino Cuevas Jr in Corpus Christi, TX. Diaz’s last fight was a loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2010 as he suffered back to back losses for the first time in his career.

Diaz was on the most recent edition of BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab as he discussed his return back to the ring. During his interview, Diaz revealed he is no longer with long time trainer Ronnie Shields.

“One little key point that I'd like to mention is that Ronnie Shields, he's no longer with me. Ronnie and I we still talk, we still see each other. I don't have nothing against Ronnie, Ronnie doesn't have anything against me. We still communicate whenever we see each other” Diaz would tell The Boxing Lab.

“The only thing is he moved to another gym down in Sugarland, TX and that's where Edwin Rodriguez, [Erislandy] Lara, and [Guillermo] Rigondeaux are working out now. But I had already made up my mind when I returned that I wanted Derwin Richards who was Ronnie's assistant and who had been with me since [the] amateurs. I knew right then and there regarding my comeback that he was going to be the lead trainer. The reason why is because I saw different things in him that could really help me out in this return - he just never had the freedom to express himself being the assistant”.

Diaz reassures there is no hard feeling between him and Shields and feels that having worked with Richards since the amateurs, he’s still retaining the benefit of having someone in his corner that he’s familiar with. Diaz was also asked what he felt were the differences between his former and now new trainer.

“Ronnie is a great technician and he's a great trainer that can game plan but I think the difference here is that [Richards] is younger, he's hungrier, he's more motivated. So every round that we do the hand pads or he works with me; every single minute and every single second of the round he's motivating me and pushing me to the next level. He's pushing my limits to better myself. And his assistant Tim Knight, he works with me on basics and fundamentals. You know, keeping my hands up, stepping in with my punches and turning my punches. So that's a good combination that I have an actually need at this point” shared Diaz.

Diaz has chosen to remain at the 135 pounds and feels he can make some real noise again in a division that seems wide open at the moment. While his goal is to be a champion again, he also realizes he needs to take things slow and get himself back in the groove of things after such a long break.

You can listen to Juan Diaz’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/boxingsceneradio/2013/03/13/the-boxing-lab-boxingscenes-official-audio-show

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

Tags: Juan Diaz image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by supRa on 03-20-2013

the haitus wasent a bad choice. i dont think he can do 130 :/ the guy had he's career at lightweight

Comment by -Antonio- on 03-19-2013

Time off could do him good. I still think he should give 130 a shot. He always had extra body fat on him. Being a pressure/accumilation punching type fighter the lower weight would only help.

Comment by hitmanjosh on 03-19-2013

There isn't much more to accomplish and most of the guys at lightweight would beat the light punching wasted punching Diaz to death. Go try and do some law stuff and spend what you have made and enjoy life. This…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-19-2013

[quote=TyrantT316] Quote: Originally Posted by 1PunchKOPOW! Problem is, Baby Bull is not so baby anymore. He's not young. Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android I guess I'm referring to the fact that he isn't coming back at like 38 years…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 03-19-2013

[QUOTE=Cuauhtémoc1520;13163186]He's not old either. He has taken a good break and that's good for his body. I think he can come back and be great once again.[/QUOTE] I hope that break did help him out. I also would like to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Malignaggi: Me vs. McGregor would sell a lot, draw a lot in boxing! Top Rank Prez: Crawford, Horn Will Not Wait For Pacquiao Vargas: Golden Boy Didn't Offer Enough Money to Fight Cotto Photos: Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia Ready For War in Las Vegas Wlodarczyk: I'm Not Sold On Gassiev; Could've Lost to Lebedev Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot Warren: Saunders Has To Look A Million Dollars Against Lemieux Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado - Training Camp Notes Rosa vs. Evans Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, November 10 Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Putting in Work Takam: I'm Not Scared - 80,000 Joshua Fans Means Nothing To Me Lemieux: Saunders About To Get Destroyed, Will Feel A lot of Pain! Hearn: Wilder, Parker Do Not Warrant a 50-50 Split With Joshua! News: Boxing Hall of Fame Update, Isaac Zarate, Marcus Bates Saunders Confident: Lemieux Looks Good Against B-Level Fighters! Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam: Phil Edwards To Referee Gabe Flores Back on Nov. 17 at Reno/Sparks Convention Center Parker vs. Fury: WBO Rejects Protest To Rescore The Fight Abel Sanchez Pleased With Murat Gassiev's Work For Wlodarczyk Joshua: There are Still People Who Doubt, Want Me To Lose Sadam Ali: Been Huge Underdog Before, I've Proved People Wrong Photos: Anthony Joshua Training in Beast Mode For Carlos Takam Roach: Cotto Would've Been Criticized for Beating Smaller Garcia Crolla Responds To Flanagan: Talks Burns Fight, Ritson, Future 'Boxing Kings' Details When Americans Ruled at Heavyweight Joshua Reveals That Takam Confronted Him After Breazeale Win DeGale: Badou Jack is Not in My Class at All - I Want Rematch! De La Hoya: If Lemieux Wins - Canelo Fight Possible if No Golovkin Erickson Lubin's Future is Up To Him Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner 'PBC on FOX' Tripleheader Averaged 1.48 Million Viewers Saturday Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight Bermane Stiverne Signs Contract For Deontay Wilder Rematch Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States Showtime Viewership Went Down During Lara-Gausha Main Event Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4 Rey Vargas To Defend WBC Belt in HBO Co-Feature To Cotto vs. Ali News: Hall of Fame Update, Steve Forbes Sets Card, More Damien Vazquez, Blair Cobbs, Tye Brooks Win in Mexico HBO Sports Head: I Commend Cotto For Facing a Young, Hungry Ali
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement