Juan Díaz is a retired professional boxer from the United States with a record of 42-4, including 21 knockout wins and three world lightweight titles. Díaz had a successful boxing career that lasted over 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. One of Díaz's most notable achievements was his consecutive 32 wins after his professional debut, which included 16 wins via stoppage. He made his professional boxing debut at only 16 years old, defeating Rafael Ortiz through a 1st round TKO.
His first-ever world boxing title fight was at the age of 20 on July 17, 2004, against Lakva Sim, for the lightweight WBA title. Díaz won the fight through a 12-round unanimous decision and became a champion of the world. He went on to win three world titles at lightweight, becoming a two-time unified lightweight world champion. He won many world title fights and defenses that made him a formidable opponent. His notable victories, including wins over Acelino Freitas, Julio Díaz, Adailton De Jesus, Gerardo Cuevas, Cesar Vasquez, Fernando Garcia, and Arthur Cruz are prominent in his career highlights.
Díaz had four losses in his professional boxing career, which was a remarkable feat, with three of them being in title bouts, and one in a non-title bout. He had his 33-fight win streak broken by Nate Campbell through a 12 round split-decision on March 8, 2008. Díaz's last professional fight was a non-title bout against Cesar Vasquez on August 6, 2016, which he won through an 8th round TKO.
Juan Díaz fought a total of 46 times during his professional career, and the following four fights are the highlights of his career:
- July 17, 2004: Díaz wins his first world title by defeating Lakva Sim through a 12-round unanimous decision. He is now the WBA lightweight world champion.
- April 8, 2006: Díaz successfully defends the WBA lightweight title against José Cotto, winning the fight via a 12-round unanimous decision.
- April 28, 2007: Díaz becomes a unified lightweight world champion by beating Acelino Freitas through an 8th round RTD. He now holds the WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight world-champion belts.
- October 13, 2007: Díaz becomes a unified lightweight world champion by beating Julio Díaz through a 9th round TKO. He now holds the WBA (Super), WBO, and IBF lightweight world-champion belts.
Díaz's boxing style and what made him unique:
Juan Díaz was known for his technical boxing skills, footwork, and aggressively coming forward to attack his opponents. He had relentless energy, hence earning the moniker "Baby Bull." Díaz is also known for his impressive left hook, which he often used to great effect. His boxing style made him a difficult opponent to beat, and many of his opponents struggled to find a way to counter his onslaught. His footwork, head movement, and ability to deliver powerful combinations made him one of the top boxers in the world at his prime.
As a boxer, Juan Díaz was always in excellent physical shape and took his training seriously. He valued the importance of staying fit, which allowed him to be explosive and fast in the ring. His dedication to perfecting his craft was second to none, and he always put in the work required to be successful.
End-of-career and legacy:
Juan Díaz retired from boxing in 2016, but his legacy as a boxer will always be remembered. He had an impressive record during his career, which included a 33-fight win streak, three world lightweight titles, and victories against some of the best boxers in the world.
Since retirement, Díaz has remained an influential figure in the sport and has been involved in training upcoming boxers. He has a boxing academy in Houston, Texas, where he imparts his knowledge of the sport to aspiring boxers.
In conclusion, Juan Díaz is one of the best boxers to ever come out of the United States. He had an illustrious career that spanned over sixteen years and amassed an impressive record of 42-4. His technical abilities, physical fitness, and dedication to his craft made him a formidable opponent and a champion. His legacy is one that will be remembered in the annals of boxing history.
Juan Díaz Fight Record
|46||Aug 6, 2016||32||Cesar Vasquez||Win||TKO8|
|45||Mar 19, 2016||32||Fernando Garcia||Win||TKO9|
|44||Sep 6, 2014||30||Carlos Cardenas||Win||UD|
|43||Mar 1, 2014||30||Gerardo Robles||Win||UD|
|42||Oct 19, 2013||30||Juan Santiago||Win||UD|
|41||Aug 17, 2013||29||Adailton De Jesus||Win||TKO5|
|40||Apr 13, 2013||29||Gerardo Cuevas||Win||TKO6|
|39||Jul 31, 2010||26||Juan Manuel Márquez||Loss||UD|
|38||Dec 12, 2009||26||Paulie Malignaggi||Loss||UD|
|37||Aug 22, 2009||25||Paulie Malignaggi||Win||UD|
|36||Feb 28, 2009||25||Juan Manuel Márquez||Loss||TKO9|
|35||Sep 6, 2008||24||Michael Katsidis||Win||SD|
|34||Mar 8, 2008||24||Nate Campbell||Loss||SD|
|33||Oct 13, 2007||24||Julio Díaz||Win||TKO9|
|32||Apr 28, 2007||23||Acelino Freitas||Win||RTD8|
|31||Nov 4, 2006||23||Fernando Angulo||Win||UD|
|30||Jul 15, 2006||22||Randy Suico||Win||TKO9|
|29||Apr 8, 2006||22||José Cotto||Win||UD|
|28||Jul 16, 2005||21||Arthur Cruz||Win||TKO5|
|27||Jan 21, 2005||21||Billy Irwin||Win||TKO9|
|26||Nov 4, 2004||21||Julien Lorcy||Win||UD|
|25||Jul 17, 2004||20||Lakva Sim||Win||UD|
|24||Apr 17, 2004||20||Martin O'Malley||Win||TKO2|
|23||Nov 22, 2003||20||Joel Perez||Win||TKO6|
|22||Jul 19, 2003||19||Francisco Lorenzo||Win||UD|
|21||May 10, 2003||19||Eleazar Contreras Jr.||Win||UD|
|20||Feb 1, 2003||19||John Bailey||Win||TKO7|
|19||Nov 22, 2002||19||Arthur Cruz||Win||TKO4|
|18||Oct 19, 2002||19||Roy Delgado||Win||TKO6|
|17||Aug 24, 2002||18||Peter Nieves||Win||UD|
|16||Jul 5, 2002||18||Michael Davis||Win||UD|
|15||Apr 27, 2002||18||Nelson Ramon Medina||Win||UD|
|14||Feb 15, 2002||18||Juan Carlos Juarez||Win||UD|
|13||Nov 10, 2001||18||Rudolfo Lunsford||Win||UD|
|12||Sep 1, 2001||17||Ubaldo Hernandez||Win||SD|
|11||Jul 27, 2001||17||Scott Buck||Win||TKO1|
|10||Jun 23, 2001||17||John Trigg||Win||UD|
|9||May 19, 2001||17||Carlos Horacio Nevarez||Win||KO1|
|8||Mar 2, 2001||17||Mahan Washington||Win||UD|
|7||Jan 13, 2001||17||Bradley Jensen||Win||UD|
|6||Dec 1, 2000||17||Michael Lucero||Win||UD|
|5||Nov 10, 2000||17||Antonio Young||Win||TKO2|
|4||Sep 22, 2000||17||Starr Johnson||Win||TKO3|
|3||Sep 2, 2000||16||Juan Carlos Alvarez||Win||TKO1|
|2||Jul 22, 2000||16||Miller Vazquez||Win||KO1|
|1||Jun 23, 2000||16||Rafael Ortiz||Win||TKO1|