Keith Thurman-Julio Diaz on April 26th on Showtime

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBC interim-welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20KOs) will be facing ex-beltholder Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29KOs) on April 26th at the StubHub Center in Carson. The fight will be part of a Showtime televised tripleheader, with Lucas Matthysse and WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa in separate fights.

Diaz came very close to upsetting Amir Khan last April in Sheffield, where he dropped the British star and had in serious trouble late in the fight. He eventually lost a close twelve round decision. He then lost a twelve round decision later in the year to current IBF champion Shawn Porter. It was second time they fought after going to a draw the first time round.

“I’m going there to ruin the party,” said Diaz to The Desert Sun. “That what shines isn’t always gold,” Diaz said. “To me, he don’t impress me. He has power, and you have to give it to him. He’s a dangerous opponent. But if he doesn’t hurt me with the power, he won’t beat me.”

“I might not be at my prime, but I come to fight and I come to fight hard. I’m not coming in as a punching bag. I come to win.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IMDAZED on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=vman075;14362034]I think one of the best things about Thurman was that he was fighting better opposition every fight, this is a huge step backward in competition[/QUOTE] I wonder what message boards would've been like in the 80's and 90's. These…

Comment by (...Y...) on 03-26-2014

f-ck this shotime garbage

Comment by NachoMan on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=F!x;14362312]This will probably be one of Thurman's toughest fights to date but he should be able to stop Diaz because of the size/weight advantage although I wouldn't be surprised if Diaz pulls off the upset if he's fully prepared.[/QUOTE] I…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 03-26-2014

Good fight for both guys,,, Julio Diaz gets a well deserved payday, and Thurman gets a beatable veteran that will give him a valuable learning experience.. I really like how they are taking their time building Thurman, who obviously has…

Comment by LouIE G on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=TheWinners;14363295]Im with your post until you mentioned Randall Bailey. His only hope of winning a fight versus someone like Thurman is landing one punch. Odds aren't in his favor to win a fight off one punch vs good comp. That…

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