Diaz: Shakur Stevenson The Best Boxer at 126, But Lacks Power

Featherweight contender Christopher Diaz already began to analyze the options for his next commitment which could take place between the months of August and September.

The featherweight, who comes back from a second setback, which occurred last month in New York, is still hoping to face opponents such as the featherweight world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno and former champ Carl Frampton.

“I think those are the¬†opponents that I want. I am willing to fight with the big names. I will keep focused and training, and whatever Top Rank offers me we will take. I hope to be back¬†at my¬†best in the month of August or September,” said Diaz to¬†Jorge Ayala.

Valdez (25-0, 20 KO’s) is scheduled to fight¬†in early¬†June. Meanwhile, Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KO’s) comes¬†off a win over¬†Rico Ramos in March and Frampton’s last appearance (26-2, 15 KO’s) was in December, where he¬†lost by unanimous decision to Josh Warrington.

Diaz, now with a record of 24-2, 16 KO’s,¬†tasted defeat by way of¬†unanimous decision¬†at the hands of¬†Shakur Stevenson during the¬†Crawford-Khan ESPN Pay-Per-View¬†at Madison Square Garden in¬†New York City.

“I am ready for whatever¬†my promoter¬†brings. I’ve already been tested. I want to fight with the best,” said Diaz, who¬†previously lost in¬†July 2017 at the hands of Japan’s Masayuki Ito.

“My mentality as a boxer has grown, I showed that I am at the elite level. In neither of the two defeats have I been knocked out,” added D√≠az.

The Puerto Rican boxer hopes to resume training with the experienced coach and Hall of Fame member, Freddie Roach, at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

Stevenson (11-0, 6 KO’s) has been one of the boxers who could dominate in the future in the feather division.

“Right now, nobody¬†would beat him at 126. He has a good distance.¬†Regarding the¬†matter of punching power, I do not think anyone respects it. He is not strong and I did not feel his punch. He moves well,” Diaz said.

“One of the plans we had was to corral him on the ropes, but he was elusive. If it’s about boxing, he’s the best at 126.”

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *