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Diaz: Shakur Stevenson The Best Boxer at 126, But Lacks Power

By Miguel Rivera

Featherweight contender Christopher Diaz already began to analyze the options for his next commitment which could take place between the months of August and September.

The featherweight, who comes back from a second setback, which occurred last month in New York, is still hoping to face opponents such as the featherweight world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno and former champ Carl Frampton.

"I think those are the opponents that I want. I am willing to fight with the big names. I will keep focused and training, and whatever Top Rank offers me we will take. I hope to be back at my best in the month of August or September," said Diaz to Jorge Ayala.

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Valdez (25-0, 20 KO's) is scheduled to fight in early June. Meanwhile, Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KO's) comes off a win over Rico Ramos in March and Frampton's last appearance (26-2, 15 KO's) was in December, where he lost by unanimous decision to Josh Warrington.

Diaz, now with a record of 24-2, 16 KO's, tasted defeat by way of unanimous decision at the hands of Shakur Stevenson during the Crawford-Khan ESPN Pay-Per-View at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"I am ready for whatever my promoter brings. I've already been tested. I want to fight with the best," said Diaz, who previously lost in July 2017 at the hands of Japan's Masayuki Ito.

"My mentality as a boxer has grown, I showed that I am at the elite level. In neither of the two defeats have I been knocked out," added Díaz.

The Puerto Rican boxer hopes to resume training with the experienced coach and Hall of Fame member, Freddie Roach, at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

Stevenson (11-0, 6 KO's) has been one of the boxers who could dominate in the future in the feather division.

"Right now, nobody would beat him at 126. He has a good distance. Regarding the matter of punching power, I do not think anyone respects it. He is not strong and I did not feel his punch. He moves well," Diaz said.

"One of the plans we had was to corral him on the ropes, but he was elusive. If it's about boxing, he's the best at 126."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by theface07 on 05-07-2019

He may be right. It did take Shakur a lot of cheapshot punches to the back of the head of that guy in the parking garage to keep him down. I used to like this kid but after that trash,…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19722448]What?!?! Whats the science on this? I wanna see some peer reviewed studies & a power point presentation or something. I'm a conspiracy theorist on all this "man strength" bs doe. I've seen 15 year olds with so called…

Comment by Corelone on 05-06-2019

I've seen guys win championships and washed up at 21.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;19722483][URL="https://www.menshealth.com/uk/health/g751840/beat-your-body-clock/"]https://www.menshealth.com/uk/health/g751840/beat-your-body-clock/[/URL] Usually athletes peak earlier than non athletes so at 25 its safe to say Stevenson will be at full strength & muscle mass. There is a science to it but genetics do play a role. Its like a teen…

Comment by Boxfan83 on 05-06-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19722448]What?!?! Whats the science on this? I wanna see some peer reviewed studies & a power point presentation or something. I'm a conspiracy theorist on all this "man strength" bs doe. I've seen 15 year olds with so called…

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