Christopher Diaz (26-2, 16 KOs) would have liked to become a world champion at the super featherweight limit of 130-pounds.
In two months, he will get another opportunity to capture a title, this time at featherweight, when he faces WBO world champion Emanuel Navarrete of Mexico.
The contest will take place on April 24 at the MGM Grand's Conference Center in Las Vegas.
“I already know how Navarrete works. For six months they have been mentioning [this fight] to us and I have been studying him,” said Diaz said to Carlos Narvaez.
“Navarrete is a good fighter, but he didn't look good in his last fight with Ruben Villa. I don't know if it was due to a lack of discipline, but he didn't look good to me. But now things are different and he will face a puncher like myself."
Navarrete won the vacant WBO title with a unanimous decision win over then-undefeated Villa. With this, the Mexican slugger improved his record to 32-1 and 27 KO's.
“The only thing I am going to say is that the fight will be on April 24 and on April 25 I will bring that title to Puerto Rico. Navarrete already had his seven defenses at 122-pounds, now it's my time to have a title and start defending it. I'm more confident at 126-pounds than I was at 130," Diaz said.
Diaz, 26-years-old, is coming off two victories in 2020. The first against Adeilson Dos Santos and the other against Jason Sanchez. His only two losses came against Masayuki Ito (2018) and Shakur Stevenson (2019).
“I have improved a lot as a person and as a boxer. After the fight with Shakur and Dos Santos, I'm now a different fighter. They were fights that made me mature a lot. And I must say that Shakur is a much better fighter than Navarrete. That is why I am not afraid to say what I feel. It will be a great fight for the public and my career," Diaz assured.
“We have been active [with staying in shape] and doing work all the time. But I will start a strong preparation as soon as Monday."