Joseph Diaz Jr. added to July 11 HBO Latino broadcast
The two-bout HBO Latino telecast on July 11 is now a triple-header with the addition of unbeaten featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz Jr.
The 2012 U.S. Olympian will fight Rene Alvarado in a 10-round at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif., Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday afternoon. The Diaz-Alvarado bout will open the HBO Latino telecast, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT. In the main event, Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) will square off against Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) in a 10 round junior welterweight bout.
Rounding out the telecast will be a 10-round lightweight bout between once-beaten lightweight contenders Michael Perez (22-1-1, 10 KOs) and Sharif Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs).
Diaz (16-0, 10 KOs), one of Golden Boy Promotions’ most talented prospects, is building upon a successful start to 2015. On March 6, Diaz overwhelmed Juan Luis Hernandez, eventually stopping him in the third round.
In his last bout on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Diaz won a one-sided 10 round decision over Giovanni Delgado. During the bout, Diaz reportedly suffered an injury to his right bicep, but it did not require surgery.
Alvarado (22-4, 15 KOs) has fought to mixed results in the last 16 months. On Feb. 15 of last year, Alvarado stopped Robinson Castellanos in the ninth round, but dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Rocky Juarez three months later.
The Managua, Nicaragua resident lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Eric Hunter on January 20, and in his last bout on March 21, stopped Rafael Castillo in the third round.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing