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Felix Diaz signs with Lou Dibella following Sammy Vasquez win

Fighters Network
Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions.

It’s been a productive summer for Felix Diaz.

The former Olympic gold medalist upset previously undefeated Sammy Vasquez on July 16. Then on Wednesday, it was announced he had signed an exclusive long-term promotional deal with Lou DiBella. Diaz (18-1, 8 knockouts) didn’t waste any time trying to line up a big fight, immediately calling out WBC welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia, who is also advised by Al Haymon.

“I want Danny Garcia,” Diaz said in a press release. “I have made this very clear to my team that this is the fight I want. If Danny wants to avoid me though, then I want one of the other big names out there. (Adrien) Broner, (Ricky) Burns, (Shawn) Porter, (Andre) Berto, (Timothy) Bradley, (Terence) Crawford. I like all of those fights.”

Before his unanimous decision win against Vasquez, the 32-year-old Dominican product was probably best known for losing a controversial majority decision to former titleholder Lamont Peterson in 2015.

“I don’t turn down fights,” he said. “I have been thrown to the wolves since I first got into this game and I have never backed down from a challenge. I just want to fight the best and I believe that before the end of the year, I will be in the ring with one of the biggest names in boxing.”

DiBella suggested that Diaz can be a force at either junior welterweight or 147 pounds. “He can compete with anyone at these weights and is capable of beating them,” the promoter said. “It’s not an accident that Felix is the only gold medalist in the history of his native Dominican Republic.”