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Julio Diaz Retires From Boxing After Loss To Thurman

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29KOs), 34-years-old, has announced his retirement from Saturday's third round stoppage at the hands of Keith Thurman, the WBA's interim-welterweight champion. Diaz was rattled a few times during the fight and couldn't continue after three, after suffering a rib injury from a hard shot to the body.

Diaz has been winless since 2012. He fought current IBF champion Shawn Porter to a draw in 2012 and some felt Diaz did enough to win that fight. He returned last April and nearly derailed Amir Khan, dropping the British star and hurting him badly in the later rounds, but Khan won a razor-thin decision. Diaz then came back a few months later in a rematch with Porter, who this time clearly won a unanimous decision.

"To those of you who truly wish me well... I'm sorry I couldn't come through. But a rib injury is no joke when you can't breath. I've fought my heart out for 25 years but we gotta know when to accept defeat. Thank you once again to those who appreciated my skills and effort all these years. Olympic trials, two world titles and great experiences was all worth it. I think it's time to move on and make room for the new up and comers. Our valley has great talent still and let's give them the same support I've received through out my career. Thank you again and god bless."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hit_the_streets on 04-29-2014

Despite how the fight ended, he showed some balls trying to slug it out with Thurman. He was always a warrior so gotta respect that. I'm from the same area he is (met him a couple of times and been…

Comment by DreamMerchant12 on 04-29-2014

[QUOTE=DonMega;14478851]I would have like to see him get a Judah fight or a malignaggi fight rather than Thurman. That was kinda fvcked up by gbp[/QUOTE] GBP set Julio up for failure I'm assuming.

Comment by -MEGA- on 04-28-2014

I would have like to see him get a Judah fight or a malignaggi fight rather than Thurman. That was kinda fvcked up by gbp

Comment by bopbopbbe on 04-28-2014

Julio was ****ing bad ass swinging with a guy like thurman. The guy has no fear, it was such a buzzkill the way the fight ended.

Comment by Nomadic on 04-28-2014

He's making th right choice after the way he quit.

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