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Acelino Freitas vs. Juan Diaz
Saturday, April 28 2007
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut

Acelino Freitas vs. Juan Diaz
(WBO and WBA Lightweight Championships)


HBO's late-night boxing series showcases an explosive unification bout between two top lightweight champions when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ACELINO FREITAS VS. JUAN DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, APRIL 28 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Ct., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

HBO2 playdates: April 29 (10:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.) and May 1 (12:15 a.m.).

Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs) from Bahia, Brazil, is an elusive boxer with devastating knockout power. No stranger to big fights, this former super featherweight champ captured his lightweight title by defeating Zahir Raheem in the April 2006 edition of BOXING AFTER DARK. Still hungry for more, Freitas hopes to unify the splintered lightweight crown in what should be a dramatic showdown.

At just 23 years old, Houston's Juan Diaz (31-0, 15 KOs) has used his aggressive, straight-ahead style to compile an impressive undefeated record, with all but one of his 31 pro wins coming by knockout or unanimous decision. Having already defended his lightweight title six times, most recently defeating Fernando Angulo by unanimous decision, the personable Diaz now looks to take a huge step forward in his pursuit of the undisputed lightweight crown in this scheduled 12-round title unification bout.
 

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I think Diaz wins by UD or late stopage/ Frietas quiting.

I dont think Frietas has the drive to fight anymore. It will be an entertaining fight but Diaz will out work him with his volume of punches.
 

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Yeah i think Diaz is the better fighter at this time, but i
don't know if he has anything in his arsenal that can really
scare Freitas. He can definitely outwork him though. I look
forward to the fight
 

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its going to be a great test for Diaz one that I think will make him a better fighter overall. I have been a fan of POPO but Diaz is to busy strong and young with to much hunger to get beat unless Acelino lands something big that makes diaz slow down. this maybe a good time for a Freitas vs Corrales re-match at #140 with both guys on the down hill it would be sweet to see who has more left.
 

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i give popo a punchers chance here and thats all, his power of late hasn't been to impressive though so i see diaz clearly outworking him over 12 rounds.

i hope the hell these diaz's all get it on at 135 its all getting confusing. :laugh:
 

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"Baby Bullsh1t" vs "Popoop". That is indeed a very interesting match-up :D


JD bores the heck out of me. Very accurate puncher but has no power. He couldn't even KO a bum like Randy Suico.


Too much has been made of Freitas quitting against Corrales. He is too good a fighter to be written off because of that. Maybe he has gotten old but if he's got his hunger back I predict him to win in a spectacular manner!
 

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I actually agree with Pac here. I think it will be close. Freitas has a decent chance IMO. I am really looking forward to this fight and I hope Diaz wins. He's out of Texas! If I had to pick I would go Diaz UD.
 

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the freitas of 3 years ago would be a betting favourite in this but nobody apart from freitas knows whats left in the tank now.
 

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To me,it's not the Corrales fight that has me wondering about Freitas,but that his manner is that of someone who's long ago reached the point where he was satisfied with how things have worked out for him,and isn't motivated to accomplish more. Boxing made him a Superstar in Argentina,so I wonder what he's seeking to gain in this fight. Diaz against the Popo of five years ago,and I'd take Freitas for sure. Today? I'm just not seeing it.
 

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Ive got Diaz winning the fight, but i think this will be a good test to check on his progression. While its not the same
Freitas of a few years back, if Diaz totally dominates it will
be impressive to some degree.
 

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You still don't want to lose a fight period. I think that his boxer's mentality will help Freitas in this fight. Maybe he wants to get another big W? I still don't see him winning but making it an interesting fight.
 

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Yeah i don't think people are giving this fight the attention that it deserves. Most everyone thinks Acelino does'nt have enough to get it done, but i think this could prove to be a very interesting battle.

If Freitas shows up to fight!
 

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I think he will. I would like to see Freitas show up looking great and give us one hell of a fight because I want to know how good Diaz really is.
 

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Diaz has clearly KOed only two guys in his pro career and both were no hopers. Freitas made it lights out for more than 30. Diaz fought nobody in his career with Cotto and Suico being half decent. Freitas fought plenty of top fighters. Diaz has the pressure style with zero power. Freitas has the footwork and quick hands. Freitas takes this one.. Freitas can outbox Diaz. He's alot faster and Diaz doesn't bring anything to the table that will trouble Freitas, like big punching power. Corrales showed that Freitas doesn't take getting blasted well at all but Diaz's punches won't bother him.

Diaz has nothing to intimidate Freitas with. Once Freitas learns he can handle Diaz's best shots, he's going to unload on Diaz if he pressures Freitas. If he gets tired, he can just stick and move. Can't see that Diaz has any hope. The any hope I have for him is that his been champ for 3 years. But I don't know much about his opposition -it sounds flaky though.

With Popo's unorthodox style and if he still has that supreme knock out power he will knock baby bull silly..I got to watch more of Diaz to make a more intelligent post..but I think popo always got a punchers chance.
I think Diaz will hang in there, but be stopped mid-rounds by Freitas. Acelino has had the better competition and that will pay off, and of course it hurts Diaz that he has very little power. I like Freitas by maybe 6th or 7th round stoppage.

BTW does anyone know if BAD is showing an undercard fight and if so, who's fighting? :dunno:

Tnx:(
 

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Diaz has clearly KOed only two guys in his pro career and both were no hopers. Freitas made it lights out for more than 30. Diaz fought nobody in his career with Cotto and Suico being half decent. Freitas fought plenty of top fighters. Diaz has the pressure style with zero power. Freitas has the footwork and quick hands. Freitas takes this one.. Freitas can outbox Diaz. He's alot faster and Diaz doesn't bring anything to the table that will trouble Freitas, like big punching power. Corrales showed that Freitas doesn't take getting blasted well at all but Diaz's punches won't bother him.

Diaz has nothing to intimidate Freitas with. Once Freitas learns he can handle Diaz's best shots, he's going to unload on Diaz if he pressures Freitas. If he gets tired, he can just stick and move. Can't see that Diaz has any hope. The any hope I have for him is that his been champ for 3 years. But I don't know much about his opposition -it sounds flaky though.

With Popo's unorthodox style and if he still has that supreme knock out power he will knock baby bull silly..I got to watch more of Diaz to make a more intelligent post..but I think popo always got a punchers chance.
I think Diaz will hang in there, but be stopped mid-rounds by Freitas. Acelino has had the better competition and that will pay off, and of course it hurts Diaz that he has very little power. I like Freitas by maybe 6th or 7th round stoppage.

BTW does anyone know if BAD is showing an undercard fight and if so, who's fighting? :dunno:

Tnx:(
How bout a little friendly wager:dunno:

I will bet you 400 pts?

As far as a undercard I think its just 1 fight :thumbsdown:
 

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I think Diaz is the better fighter at this time but i could easily be wrong on this one, that's why i think it has the makings of an interesting fight. No one is giving it as much thought with the Mayweather-Delahoya match coming up next week.
 

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I think Diaz is the better fighter at this time but i could easily be wrong on this one, that's why i think it has the makings of an interesting fight. No one is giving it as much thought with the Mayweather-Delahoya match coming up next week.
Who is the favorite?
 
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