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Thurman vs. Diaz This Saturday!

by on Apr.24, 2014, under Boxing News

 

Keith Thurman (photo courtesy of www.tampabay.com)

Keith Thurman (photo courtesy of www.tampabay.com)

CARSON, CA — On Saturday, April 26th, the hard-slugging 25 year-old Interim World Boxing Association Welterweight Title Holder Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) faces former International Boxing Federation Lightweight Champion Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KO’s) in a big step up bout.  Although Diaz is 34 years old, he gave the red hot IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter great difficulty in two previous battles, garnering a draw in 2012 and losing by unanimous decision in September 2013, as well as knocking down former World Lightweight Champion and prospective future Floyd Mayweather opponent Amir Khan in losing by unanimous decision in April 2013.  Our very own Christopher Morgan will be covering the battle for the Cyber Boxing Zone.

“I expect Diaz to fight his heart out. He says he plans to knock me out,” says Thurman. “I don’t know if that’s fight hype or his strategy, but I’ll be ready. I want guys who come to fight. I want to make and be in the best fights. On my record I have an ‘O’ but I’m not afraid to let it go.”

Ever confident, Diaz says, “I definitely feel I beat Porter the first time (December 2012), but they called it a draw. In the second fight he outpointed me but in both fights I know I hurt him, and I dropped him. People forget that, and look at Porter now. His status has really grown.  Going against Thurman is a very dangerous opportunity for me, but one I have to take. I have to take a big risk in any fight that comes my way to get the big reward.”

It’s a 12-round fight for Thurman’s Interim WBA Welterweight World Championship promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. It will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air as the main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

In the co-feature, Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse faces hard-hitting John Molina in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. In the opening bout of the telecast, Omar Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC Lightweight title against fellow Texan Jerry Belmontes. Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.sports.sho.com and www.homedepotcenter.com, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/shosports, www.twitter.com/StubHubCenter, www.twitter.com/KeithThurmanJr, www.twitter.com/JohnMolinajr135, www.twitter.com/OmarFigueroaJr and www.twitter.com/Jerry_Belmontes, follow the conversation using #ThurmanDiaz or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing and www.facebook.com/StubHubCenter.

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About StubHub Center

StubHub Center is southern California’s home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes. Managed by AEG Facilities, the $150 million, privately financed facility was developed by AEG on a 125-acre site on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson, California. StubHub Center features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, football and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts; a 2,000-seat facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome – the VELO Sports Center – for track cycling. StubHub Center is home to two Major League Soccer teams, the four-time MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. StubHub Center is also home of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) High Performance Training Center, the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and EXOS, an international training center for elite and professional athletes.

 

 

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