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Felix Diaz Wants Big Names: I'm Ready For Anyone at 140 or 147!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Felix Diaz unanimously outpointed Sammy Vasquez on Saturday night in a super lightweight bout.

The 10-round fight was initially announced as a majority draw, bringing boos from the Legacy Arena crowd. After a recount, Diaz (18-1) was ruled the winner, and Vasquez applauded him and pointed to Diaz when the final outcome was called out.

The difference came when the referee took a point from Vasquez (21-1) in the final round when his mouthpiece popped out for the third time in the fight. That changed Diaz’s margin to 96-93 from one judge and 95-94 the other two, who had initially called it even.

Sammy Vasquez vs Felix Diaz - July 16_ 2016_Fight_Ryan Hafey _ Premier Boxing Champions4

Diaz, an Olympic champion for the Dominican Republic in 2008, was coming off a majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson in October.
 
"When I first heard it was a split draw, I felt like I was the winner and I got robbed like in my fight against Lamont Peterson. I definitely feel like the scores should have been wider on the cards, but I understand. The first couple of rounds I was feeling him out, but after those first couple I feel like I won every round," Diaz said.
 
"Since Vasquez is taller than me and has longer reach, my plan of attack was to stay inside and fight him at a close distance. I took this fight on only 15 days notice, and before this I was preparing for a right handed fighter, so it was a bit of an adjustment. I only had two weeks to make the changes that I needed to. I'm thankful to my team for getting me ready for this fight.
 
"Fighting on a FOX and FOX Deportes primetime card and looking as good as I did makes me very happy. I'm ready for anyone at 140 or 147 lbs."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by G G G on 07-19-2016

I thought this was Felix VERDEJO, then I remembered, Verdejo has no balls and is a fraud. And I'm PRican by the way, same hometown as Verdejo. The kid has been beaten up in sparring by 14-17 year olds, I…

Comment by NEETzsche on 07-19-2016

diaz vs. gomez is a mini dream fight for me. big fan of both guys and they're both kind of floating between light welter and welter right now i think diaz should consider leaving PBC now that they've stacked the…

Comment by John Locke on 07-19-2016

At 140 I would love to see him fight Frankie Gomez, Matthysse or Postol, at 147 Spence, Thurman, Porter or Garcia. He gives any of those guys a hard time imo.

Comment by yngwie on 07-19-2016

[QUOTE=DblLFThooK;16877355]Good for diaz taking advantage of his opportunity. Vasquez Got exposed. But that cut on his mouth was nasty, good heart. Diaz could make some noise i think. Just needs to use that jab more to set up other punches[/QUOTE]…

Comment by DblLFThooK on 07-18-2016

Good for diaz taking advantage of his opportunity. Vasquez Got exposed. But that cut on his mouth was nasty, good heart. Diaz could make some noise i think. Just needs to use that jab more to set up other punches

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