Diaz, Katsidis & Pacquiao In The Cards For Hatton?

pacquiao545734.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Whether he likes it or not, Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) may have to earn his rematch the hard way by beating a trio of smaller fighters, such as lightweights Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis, and super featherweight Manny Pacquiao, before he can make himself relevant for another fight with the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hatton, 29, has done little to warrant a rematch with Mayweather at this point. His last fight, a disappointing points win over veteran Mexican fighter Juan Lazcano, was a mixed bag where Hatton looked good at time, almost seeming to be back to his 2005 form, but then later in the fight Hatton began to get nailed with many of the same punches (short left hooks) that he was hurt with against Mayweather.

Indeed, the most worrisome part of all, however, was that Hatton was hurt badly twice by the relative light-hitting Lazcano, and if not for the assistance from the referee in the 10th round, Hatton may have been knocked out in the fight. To be sure, it wasn’t something that was missed by neither Mayweather nor Hatton’s promoters, Golden Boy, who will likely want him to take on several top fighters in order to rebuild his status as a near invincible punching machine.

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Campbell Decisions Diaz

campbell343512.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In a shocking upset, 36 year-old Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) had too much stamina for WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (33-1, 17 KOs), beating him by a decisive 12-round unanimous decision tonight at the Plaza de Toros, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113, all for Campbell. The first card, though, seemed the most accurate of the bunch, for Campbell dominated the fight after the sixth round when Diaz faded badly after tiring out from his early fast start.

The timing of the fade for Diaz conveniently came about at the same time that Diaz was cut over his left eye, which perhaps gives him an excuse for his loss. However, Campbell appeared to just have better overall endurance than Diaz, and just plain out-hustled from the six though the twelfth as he landed both the sharper and more numerous shots during that time.

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Diaz vs. Katsidis In January?

In the latest boxing news, Golden Boy Promotions has won the purse bid of $1,500,000 for the WBO mandatory lightweight clash between super champion Juan Diaz (33-0, 17 KOs) and interim champion Michael Katsidis (23-0, 20 KOs), which has a possible date of January 26th. However, if Diaz fails to sign the contract, he’ll be stripped of his WBO lightweight title, and if Katsidis fails to sign, it will give Diaz up to 18 months go comply with the obligations for his mandatory. Both are expected to sign, however. Diaz, 24, is slated to get an 80% cut, while Katsidis is to get 20%.

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Juan Diaz Stops Julio Diaz

diaz44433.jpgFormer International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio Diaz’s (34-4, 25 KOs) busy fighting style was no match for the hard-punching World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association lightweight champion Juan Diaz (33-0, 17 KOs) who blasted him round after round with multiple combinations until Julio ultimately quit at the beginning of the 9th round on Saturday night at the Sears Centre, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. With the win, the 24-year old Juan Diaz adds the IBF lightweight title to his collection of belts, clearly showing that he’s the dominant fighter in the lightweight division.

Before the bout, there was speculation that Julio’s high punch volume would cause problems for Juan, enough possibly for Julio to create an upset. However, after the first couple of rounds, Juan put that thought completely out of mind as he pummeled Julio with blistering three and four punch combinations to the head and body.

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Juan Diaz vs Julio Diaz

HBO’s late-night boxing series heats up with a spectacular matchup of two lightweight titleholders when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JUAN DIAZ VS. JULIO DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, OCT. 13 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., just outside Chicago, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino..

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