Juan Diaz Ready To Return, Wants Brandon Rios' Title

By Rick Reeno was advised by manager Willie Savannah, that former undisputed lightweight king Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz (35-4, 17KOs) has made a decision to stage one final championship run. Diaz is already in training for his ring return. The pride of Houston has been inactive since losing a twelve round decision in his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez last July.

Diaz, 27-years-old, has gone 2-4 in his last six ring appearances. Savannah believes Diaz can have a successful run if he follows directions and trains the correct way. One fight in particular, that Savannah says they would love to secure, is a title clash with WBA champion Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.

"I spoke with Juan Diaz [on Saturday]. He's ready to return. There are still a lot of guys that he can fight, like Brandon Rios, Urbano Antillon, Humberto Soto and all of those guys. He's training right now and ready to restart his career. He's one of the few people who can draw in his own hometown. Maybe Top Rank might be interested in putting him in with Rios or Soto. Or maybe Golden Boy will put him in with the winner of Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero. He's officially ready to come back." Savannah told

On a side note, Savannah's wife, Clare, has been appointed as the head coach of USA Boxing's female squad, which leaves on Monday for a scheduled event in Warsaw, Poland. She trained and worked the corner of Juan Diaz when the "Baby Bull" was an amateur - and she also worked the corner for a few of his early pro fights. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Team Vitaminas on 03-28-2011

why not Mercito Gesta ,the dude fights nothing but bums and wants a shot at Rios.they should make it eliminator to face Bam Bam.

Comment by jaskieee on 03-27-2011

[QUOTE=timba;10291824]I respect Diaz's bravery, but Rios is the last person he should get in the ring with. He should be aiming for a Katsidis rematch and build himself from there.[/QUOTE] I think he will give Rios a good run. Rios…

Comment by KJB on 03-27-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;10292432]babybull should get a tuneup.I think a rios-diaz fight would be great in texas:boxing:[/QUOTE] No way Rios goes to Texas to fight Diaz. Nobody gets a fair shake in Texas, and Brandon is the Champ while Diaz is the one…

Comment by Golden on 03-27-2011

Who else is out there right now for Rios?

Comment by Spray_resistant on 03-27-2011

Diaz is done he has been on the decline since the Campbell fight and the way he fought so terrified of getting KTFO by JMM in the rematch leaves me little reason to think he could beat a tough hard…

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