Cuban veteran trainer and his Team at Mundo Boxing are using different methods to ensure their stable of fighters continue to stay on track during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Two of his top boxers, Alexis Angulo and Filip Hrgovic, have seen their fights postponed; while WBA champion Xu Can of China will expect this pandemic situation to clear up, eventually, to move forward with his fight against IBF champion Josh Warrington.
"This is a time that affects everyone and I tell my boxers to follow the experts' recommendations,'" Diaz said to George Ebro. "This will pass, boxing will return back to normal. For now, we continue to work in a different way, but we keep working.''
Every day, Diaz communicates with Can, who is currently in Thailand, and offers his vision of the trainings, preparing him for when this curfew is lifted in sports.
Hrgovic, for his part, returned to his native Croatia when the match settled for the 17th of April against Jerry Forrest was delayed because of the Covid-19.
"We are monitoring Xu and Filip, following a training plan, especially in the physical aspect, coordination,'" Diaz added. "It doesn't matter where they are. They remain part of the team and our obligation is to keep them in the best possible way in the midst of these circumstances.''
But if Diaz keeps an eye on those outside the United States, he also doesn't forget those closest to him like Belarusian Ivan Baracnhyk, Colombian Angulo - who saw his fight against David Benavidez pushed back - and Diaz's other fighters like Tyron Spong and Cuban Jorge Romero.
"During every moment of crisis, throughout human history, we have inspired for bigger things,'" the Cuban emphasized. "In moments of anguish and darkness, the human being has been able to persevere and find new lights to move forward. That's something we're trying to apply in our field.''