Joel Diaz Jr. Continues To Groom His Skills, in Houston

By Peter Lim

Former National PAL champion and amateur standout Joel Diaz Jr. will put his undefeated record of 11-0 (10 KOs) on the line tonight as he takes on Victor Sanchez (4-5-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round super feathreweight bout at the Bayou City Events Center in Houston. Although he cites the left hook as his best punch, Daiz said his right hand will be instrumental against Sanchez, a southpaw.

Sanchez, 20, is a better fighter than his less-than-impressive record suggests. Three of his wins were upsets against fighters with records of 7-0, 3-0 and 11-3. All five of his losses occurred by way of decision. Sanchez, a Houstonian, has the hometown advantage against Diaz.

Diaz, 21, also defeated a 7-0 fighter by the name of Guy Robb in his sixth bout. It was admittedly his toughest fight to date in which he had to rebound from a second-round knockdown to stop Robb in the seventh round.

A boxing aficionado since he was a child, Diaz was most inspired by Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas, all of whom faced each other in their primes in a golden age of welterweights/junior middleweights.

"I just like to watch boxing and pick up styles from anybody and everybody," Diaz said. "People say I resemble Brandon Rios, but I kind of don't want to resemble him too much. Too much brawling. Sometimes you've got to learn how to box."

Hailing from laid-back Southern California, Diaz is clear about what he wants to accomplish in the sweet science but places no unnecessary pressure on himself to get there.

"I want to be a world champion," Diaz said. "I want to take care of my family. I've got a little son and I want him to grow up to have the better things that I didn't have."

"I'm still young, I just turned 21, and I've still got a 10 years ahead of me to think about what I want to do and hopefully things go smooth," he added. "I'm just taking it day by day. Whatever anybody offers me, I'll be willing to take."

The eight-bout card will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.

Tags: Joel Diaz Jr. image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia Kautondokwa is Ready For War on Namibian Independence Card Roach Impressed With Jose Ramirez, Wants to Improve Defense Lolenga Mock, Mogens Palle Part Ways Over Money Isaac Ekpo, Rafael Mensah Train With McKinley, Praise Don King Povetkin's Manager: Drug Tests in Order, No Worries For Price Alberto Melian Drills Countryman Julian Aristule in Two Rounds Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger Michael Dutchover Continues Winning Run at Doubletree Joshua vs. Parker - Giuseppe Quartarone Confirmed as Referee Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Finalized For May 12, Turning Stone Anthony Crolla vs. Edson Ramirez Set For Joshua-Parker Card Photos: Whyte, Bowne - Get Very Heated on 'Gloves Are Off' News: Sven Fornling, Brian Ceballo, Nikolai Potapov, More Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki - Undercard Information Arthur Abraham: I'm Not Ready To Retire, I Want World Title Again Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed! Weekend Review: Jose Ramirez Rises, Felix Verdejo Crumbles Zou Shiming: I Don't Have The Courage To Retire at The Moment Lucas Browne Maintains Innocence in Drug Testing Beefs Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Apply For MMA License Horn's Coach: Crawford Will Be in For a Big Shock in First Round! Berchelt To Make Another Voluntary Defense, Then Roman

Latest Active Forum Threads