Puerto Rico's Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz is less than 24 hours away from one of the biggest opportunities of his career.
On Saturday night in Kissimmee, Florida, Diaz will challenge the featherweight champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Mexico's Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete.
Several personalities from Puerto Rico have pledged their support for Diaz - but the most important piece of motivation has come from former three division world champion, Hall of Famer Felix "Tito" Trinidad - who backs Diaz to bring home the belt to Puerto Rico.
“Diaz is a tremendous person and an excellent human being. He is from Barranquitas, a town very close to Naranjito where I have my farm. He is a humble boy and a good boxer,” said Trinidad, according to Carlos Gonzalez.
"He has two defeats, but I know that on April 24 he will be the new world champion of Puerto Rico."
For Diaz, Trinidad's words of support were overwhelming.
"I feel very happy and ready," said Diaz. “But I feel even better that I have the support of people on the level of Felix 'Tito' Trinidad and also other former champions like Ivan Calderon.
"Now it's my part to do my best to win that title on Saturday night. I feel well prepared physically, but even more so mentally and spiritually. I feel like we have done a perfect job and we know it will also be a strong fight. But I am ready to become world champion."
Diaz is 26-2 with 16 KOs, and in 2020 he had two unanimous decision victories.
Navarrete, who will make his second title defense against Diaz, is 32-1 with 27 knockouts.