Juan Diaz to face Cesar Vazquez on Aug. 6
Lightweight contender Juan Diaz returns to action on Aug. 6 against Cesar Vazquez, Top Rank Promotions announced earlier Monday and matchmaker Brad Goodman confirmed this to RingTV.
The 10-round bout will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The bout will air on UniMas, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT.
Diaz (41-4, 20 knockouts) is coming off a ninth round TKO win over Fernando Garcia on March 19 in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
It was Diaz’s first fight in over 18 months. Diaz was scheduled to fight on May 1 of last year but tore his left rotator cuff during sparring about seven weeks before the fight.
Diaz, who has won his last six straight, has also focused his attention toward completing his law degree and runs a trucking business in the Houston area.
“I have been itching to get back in the ring,” said Diaz in a release. “After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol. With a win in Tucson, I am one step closer to the ultimate goal, which is obtaining a fifth world title.”
The 32-year-old Diaz made his pro debut three months shy of his 17th birthday.
Vazquez (27-3, 16 KOs), who hails from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, has not fought since April 17 of last year. He has won his last two contests after losing three consecutive bouts.
Opening the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast, light heavyweight Trevor McCumby will fight former WBA super middleweight titleholder Manny Siaca in an eight round bout.
McCumby (22-0, 17 KOs), who resides in nearby Phoenix, has won five of his last six bouts by knockout.
Siaca (25-8, 20 KOs) has not fought since December of 2014 when he lost to Rohan Murdock by stoppage after the sixth round.
In a non-televised action, unbeaten light heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev (12-0, 8 KOs), who won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, faces Alexander Johnson (16-4, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
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 (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.