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When Juan Diaz makes his entrance walk out onto the middle of the Casino Del Sol’s Grand Ballroom floor in a few weeks, it will be in front of an anticipated crowd of approximately 2,000 spectators and millions of fight fans all over North America watching on UniMas Solo Boxeo.
In his effort to become a five-time world champion, “Baby Bull” Diaz began once upon a time as a warm-up fighter. An undercard gladiator who put himself through the grind of training seven days a week, working a day job, supporting loved ones and putting his body through unimaginable punishment, in an effort to see a dream realized.
On Aug. 6, there will be a group of young Tucsonans who left it all out on that canvas before the main event is announced. Prospects who in an effort to simply gain a taste of what the world class fighter Diaz has achieved, will be stepping in the ring, fully accepting that they may not be walking out of the ring the same as they entered it. Completely confident, they will. In our eyes, it’s simply to warm up the crowd. In their eyes, they are living out their vision of achieving a dream.
The tale is as old as the sport itself: Fighters likely not known beyond their home gyms and the neighborhoods they grew up in, dedicating themselves, with the support of their families, to train and truly put themselves in harm’s way simply to entertain scores of fight fans who have never heard of them. All in an effort to, one day, become a name those same fight fans never forget.
The fact that more than 50 world champions made a stop in Tucson on their way to hoisting world title belts has inspired generations of Southern Arizona fighters with aspirations of glory.
Tuesday’s press conference at Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge is open to the public. Below is the official press release distributed to those of us in the media.
PUBLIC PRESS CONFERENCE
Meet local Tucson fighters during the Noche De Boxeo pre-fight press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Tues., July 12 at Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank returns to Tucson on Aug. 6, with a nationally televised event featuring Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Trevor McCumby in separate bouts at Casino Del Sol, a boxing stronghold in the city. Since its first boxing event in 2003, which featured future boxing hall of famer Fernando Vargas against Tony Marshall, Casino Del Sol has been a premier destination for boxing promoters and fans. The Casino’s Event Center will serve as the stage for Noche De Boxeo on Aug. 6, a nationally televised event, featuring an undercard packed with local Tucson boxing talent.
To say that Tucson is rife with boxing history would be an understatement. More than 50 world champions have fought in rings erected around “The Old Pueblo.” On Aug. 6, boxing fans will witness the rise of local Tucson boxers on their way to their own championship titles.
Many promoters have come and gone in Tucson, showcasing national talent, but neglecting to expose the growing crop of homegrown fighters from within the city. Not since the 1970’s has the pool of boxing talent been so deep, and Tucson boxing fans will finally get the opportunity to support their own future champions at Noche De Boxeo.
Press Conference Host Michelle “Raging Babe” Rosado
Michelle is the event liaison for Top Rank and Casino Del Sol. Dubbed “Raging Babe” by the Phoenix New Times, Rosado is known throughout Arizona and the nation for producing spectacular, quality, sold-out events, including past events in Tucson, where she built relationships and laid the foundation for Aug. 6 Noche De Boxeo event.
Tuesday, July 12 @ 11:30 a.m.
Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge
5655 W. Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85757
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 or at the Casino’s Gift Shop.
*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*
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.