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Golden Boy inks Juan Diaz!

Former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz (33-1, 17 KOs) has has signed a promotional pact with Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m excited to be on the Golden Boy Promotions roster and I can’t wait to get back in the ring with Oscar and his team behind me,” said the 24-year-old 'Baby Bull.' “I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last couple of years, in and out of the ring, and I can’t wait to prove to boxing fans that I’m the best lightweight in the world.” Diaz’s first fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced shortly.
 

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Juan Diaz Signs With Golden Boy Promotions


LOS ANGELES, March 25 – Truly one of boxing’s young superstars, former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz (33-1, 17 KO's) has thrilled fight fans for years with his aggressive style and willingness to take on all challengers. Now, as Diaz gears up for his second run at a world title, he has enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to lead him to the biggest fights possible in the coming years.

“I’m excited to be on the Golden Boy Promotions roster and I can’t wait to get back in the ring with Oscar and his team behind me,” said the 24-year-old “Baby Bull”. “I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last couple of years, in and out of the ring, and I can’t wait to prove to boxing fans that I’m the best lightweight in the world.”

President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya, continued “I don’t think there’s a more exciting young fighter out there than Juan Diaz and I’m glad we’re finally working together. We’ve got big plans for Juan and we can’t wait to start putting him into the mega fights he deserves to be in.”

“Pardon the pun, but Golden Boy Promotions is the “Gold Standard” when it comes to boxing promotion and I’m confident that this is the only team that can take Juan to where he needs to go in this sport,” said Willie Savannah, Juan Diaz’ manager. “I respect Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer a lot and they’ve always been straight with me, something you don’t see too often in this game.”

Although just 24-years-old, Diaz is a 34 fight veteran, winning 33 bouts since turning pro in 2000, the Houston native made an immediate impact on the boxing world with a relentless forward charge that always made for entertaining fights. In 2004, Diaz won the WBA Lightweight World Title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Mongolian Lakva Sim. After five successful defenses, Diaz added the WBO belt to his trophy case with an eighth round stoppage of Brazilian superstar Acelino Freitas in April of 2007. Six months after the Freitas victory, Diaz stopped Julio Diaz in nine rounds to add the IBF Lightweight World Title and though he dropped a close split decision to Nate Campbell in his last bout on March 8th, Diaz is gearing up for a big surge in the second half of the year.

What makes all of these accomplishments in the ring even more impressive is what Diaz has been doing outside the ring at the same time. He is currently studying to get his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and will start law school at the University of Houston in January of 2009.

Diaz’s first fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced shortly.
 

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Good signing for GBP. They needed some young talent to their stable, with the exception of the veterans of oscar,hopkins,mosley...GBP really didnt have a young star, and now with juan diaz they get what they were missing.
 

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Great news, this sets up Casa vs Diaz now they are both under the same promotional company.
 

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Good for Diaz and gbp! I believe Diaz will come back to rule the division i hope he learned from his first loss and comes back stronger than ever.
 

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I knew this would happen sooner or later
 

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GBP is gonna be bigger than Don King ever was.
 

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Well Diaz is set for life now. He'll never lose another close decision. Forget Casa-Diaz. Diaz doesn't deserve that fight. He has to fight Nate Campbell again or let Campbell go after Casamayor.
 

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Well Diaz is set for life now. He'll never lose another close decision. Forget Casa-Diaz. Diaz doesn't deserve that fight. He has to fight Nate Campbell again or let Campbell go after Casamayor.
Diaz should fight Casa then Nate again but Nate might get a fight with Casa first and Diaz fights the winner. Mean while Diaz fights a turn up.
 

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Casamayor has already beat Nate pretty easily, Diaz vs Casa is the logical fight for me.
 

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Casamayor has already beat Nate pretty easily, Diaz vs Casa is the logical fight for me.
For me too but what I wrote is just how I see it going.

Who has the straps? Diaz just got beat by Campbell, so he doesn't deserve to fight for Casamayor's title. Campbell does. It is very simple.
Well it aint like its the first time something like this happens. 1 name ZAB JUDAH
 

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Who has the straps? Diaz just got beat by Campbell, so he doesn't deserve to fight for Casamayor's title. Campbell does. It is very simple.
Straps, exactly, thats all they are!

Casamayor is the champion, he has nothing to prove against a STRAP holder he's already punk'd.

Diaz vs Casa is the fight i want to see, it has been for a while.
 

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I just don't want to see all of Diaz' bandwagon fans jump right back on the train again if he beats Casamayor.
 

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Great signing for Oscar like its already been said, the roster has its hall of famers but it is in need of young talent like Diaz. Ricky Hatton also on board he sure does have some fighters at his disposal.

Is Kasditis with Goldenboy???
 

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Straps, exactly, thats all they are!

Casamayor is the champion, he has nothing to prove against a STRAP holder he's already punk'd.

Diaz vs Casa is the fight i want to see, it has been for a while.
campbell' has significantly improved since his loss to casa and his focus is much better. casa can't punk him and he knows it. that's why casa mentioned everyone but him as an opponent in his post fight interview.
 
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