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Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz from Houston, the former unified lightweight title holder who reigned over the division from 2004-08, will take on Cesar Vazquez, himself a former world title challenger, in Casino Del Sol’s Grand Ball Room on Aug. 6.
After taking all of 2015 off for what Top Rank has said was a seriously torn rotator cuff injury, Diaz (41-4 20 KO’s) is looking to use the stop in Tucson as a rung on his climb to obtaining a fifth world title. “Baby Bull” has a long list of huge names on his career record. Having fought Juan Manuel Marquez, Paul Malignaggi, Fernando Angulo and Miguel Cotto to name a few, Diaz has truly proven to be a world class fighter.
You would have to go back to 2010 to find the last loss on his record, a unanimous decision to Marquez. Diaz fought Marquez in 2009 on HBO in what serious fight fans consider one of the best, most vicious fights of all time.
At 32 years of age with a degree in genetics from the University of Houston an accepted to Dartmouth, Diaz obviously has plans for life out of the ring. He’s determined to become a five-time world champion first.
Getting there requires he get through Mexican veteran Cesar Vazquez (27-3 16 KO’s). Vazquez, fighting out of Mexicali, Baja California, has lost three of his last five fights. Although he has a 53 percent knockout rate against opponents, Velasquez looks to make Aug. 6 a night Tucson boxing fans will remember.
“Casino Del Sol is excited to team up with Top Rank, one of the truly premier promoters in the history of boxing, as we continue to provide our boxing fans with the best bouts possible,” Kim Van Amburt, CEO of Casino del Sol, said. “This card truly reflects our desire to always put on world class fights, and we know that people in the audience, as well as on TV, will be in for a real treat.”
In the fight that will start the UniMás broadcast, unbeaten Phoenix contender, Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KO’s) will risk his undefeated record against Puerto Rico’s Manny Siaca (25-8, 20 KO’s) in an eight-round bout on the Light Heavyweight division.
Also, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated Russian prospect, Egor Mekhontsev (11-0, 7 KO’s), will also see action on the August 6 card. Mekhontsev will face Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KO’s) in an 8-round light heavyweight rumble.
Presented by Top Rank, tickets are priced at $100 (Elite), $75 (Platinum), $40 (Gold) and $25 (Silver), plus applicable charges, are now on sale and can be acquired on Casino Del Sol’s Web site.
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Jose Roman Jr. was born a Wildcat fan, lifetime fanhood was solidified when he was able to meet Tedy Bruschi, Sean Harris, Brandon Sanders, Chuck Levy and Ontiwaun Carter as a sixth grader. Having served 10 years in the armed forces and been deployed all over the world, he’s still managed to make it to every Arizona home football game, bowl game and at least one away game for the last 12 years. Now combining his love of writing with his love of all things sports, Jose is proud and honored to join AllSportsTucson.com as a writer.