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Joel Diaz Jr. Hires Byrd After Parting With Abel Sanchez

By Rick Reeno

Sources with knowledge of the details have advised BoxingScene.com that undefeated lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (20-0, 16KOs) has hired Chris Byrd as his new head trainer.

Byrd, a former heavyweight champion who beat such fighters as David Tua, Vitali Klitschko, Evander Holyfield and Fres Oquendo, has made the transition to training. Due to his lack of power in the heavyweight ranks, Byrd's victories were often the product of his boxing skill and superior speed.

Diaz was recently being trained by Abel Sanchez. The two parted ways following Diaz's last fight on August 29th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The bout was showcased as part of the Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga II pay-per-view undercard. 

The first bout with Byrd in his corner will take place on January 30th in Montreal, Canada - as part of the Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal II undercard. Diaz will compete for the USBA lightweight title.

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Comment by PowerFlow on 11-19-2015

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16240472]Hiring the Vitali-cutioner as a trainer? Interesting move. Byrd obviously had skills as he managed to have a pretty good career at heavyweight despite being a light hitting, blown up 175 pounder. Very slick defensively with fast combinations on offense.…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-18-2015

[QUOTE=STAX ON DECK;16240499]interesting point....what are sum examples??? i know mares looked horrid when he went to virgin hunter,all he did was clinch and look sloppy and oscar looked meh under may sr however bradley and diaz worked out pretty good…

Comment by STAX ON DECK on 11-18-2015

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16240472]Hiring the Vitali-cutioner as a trainer? Interesting move. Byrd obviously had skills as he managed to have a pretty good career at heavyweight despite being a light hitting, blown up 175 pounder. Very slick defensively with fast combinations on offense.…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-18-2015

Hiring the Vitali-cutioner as a trainer? Interesting move. Byrd obviously had skills as he managed to have a pretty good career at heavyweight despite being a light hitting, blown up 175 pounder. Very slick defensively with fast combinations on offense.…

Comment by Santa_ on 11-18-2015

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WHY???? Abel Sanchez is 10x the trainer Byrd is :nonono: I might have to take him off my Future P4P List for this move.

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