The sweaty canvas was covered with blood… It was in round 9 of that fateful Feb. main event night when the young Juan Diaz tasted defeat kissing the canvas before a right uppercut put him to sleep. It took Diaz six months to recover and will be fighting for the first time in the 140lb limit against former IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi.
Juan Diaz was the king of the lightweight before Nate Campbell took away his limelight. It wasn’t his first setback on his boxing career, being a decorated amateur boxer amassing 505 wins with only 5 defeats he wasn’t allowed to take part on the 2000 Olympics because he was still too young to compete. He instead went pro at an early age of 16 going undefeated before his Campbell defeat. His aggresion and pressure punching made him one of the most avoided boxer on his division. Nate doubled Diaz output and earn him a split decision win…he has the tendency to slug it out with his uncontrolled aggresion when he gets hurt and that’s what happened when he fought Juan Marquez toe to toe. “I figured I could walk through all of his punches and it didn’t turn out to be that way.” Said Diaz on insidefights.com
Juan Diaz with conviction said he has already learned his lesson and his first test would have to be the quick footed Paulie Malignaggi not the easiest challenge for the Political Science degree graduate.
Diaz learned how Mike Tyson struggled with all his money drained in the sink… he knew how boxers lived the life of a millionaire and the next day called streets as their home. Starting different business and graduated at University of Houston he has already have a fall back if everything doesn’t work the way he envisioned his career to be. A win against Malignaggi would give him an upperhand on other 140lb campaigners it will set him up against Pacquiao or even his former tormentor Marquez. At an early age the future looks brighter on Diaz… Whatever the outcome of their Saturday fight Diaz will come out the winner… because he didn’t focus more on boxing but on life… and what lies ahead after…