South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz Jr. to take on Victor Proa of Mexico on July 30

Joseph Diaz Jr./Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

When Golden Boy Promotions announced Wednesday that junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego and featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte would co-headline its July 30 card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Golden Boy had yet to secure an opponent for Diaz.

That has changed as Golden Boy has lined up Victor Proa of Mexico as Diaz’s foe for this card that will be televised by HBO Latino.

Proa, 31, is 28-1-2 with 21 knockouts. But that is very misleading because Proa’s ring record is comprised mostly of tomato cans. In Proa’s most recent bout, he took on Oswaldo Oziel Delgado and Proa stopped Delgado in the first round. Delgado entered with a record of 0-4.

Diaz (20-0, 11 KOs) is ranked as high as No. 3 in the world by one organization.

Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) will tangle with Abner Lopez (23-5, 19 KOs) of Tijuana. Orozco is ranked as high as No. 1, but as a junior welterweight.

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Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte looks to fight best of the featherweights

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Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte has compiled a professional record of 20-0 and 11 knockouts since representing the U.S. in the 2012 London Games. He is ranked as high as No. 3 at featherweight by one governing body.

Diaz, just 23, is getting closer to a world-title shot in one of boxing’s talent-rich divisions, which has champions like Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr. and Jesus Cuellar and contenders like Carl Frampton and Oscar Valdez. Diaz may not take a back seat to any of them, but that remains to be seen.

Diaz wants to make believers out of boxing fans, though, and he takes that responsibility seriously. Diaz was part of a news conference Wednesday at the Golden Boy Promotions offices in downtown Los Angeles. He’ll next fight July 30 at Fantasy Springs Casino on Indio (on HBO Latino) and although his opponent is still to be determined, he vowed to continue to show fans what he’s about.

“I’m excited to give everyone a great performance,” said Diaz, who trains out of the Teamster’s Youth Boxing Club in South El Monte. “I’ve been training very hard, and I want to showcase that I am at the same level as all the champions in the featherweight division. Hopefully, I can go for a world title soon.”

Diaz fights for Golden Boy. Its senior vice-president, Eric Gomez, touched on the 126-pound division moving forward.

“We are in an Olympic year, and our co-headliner will be ex-Olympian, Joseph Diaz, Jr. who also has a great record as a featherweight fighter,” Gomez said. “I believe the featherweight division will be the hottest division in the next few years because of all the talent we have following in the footsteps of Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.”

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South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz Jr. added to July 11 card at Sports Arena

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Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday announced that featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, has been added to the July 11 card at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (on HBO Latino).

Diaz, 22, is 16-0 with 10 knockouts. His opponent has yet to be determined.

Hank Lundy will take on Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) of Riverside in the junior welterweight main event. Lundy, of Philadelphia, is 25-4-1 with 12 knockouts.

 

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Joseph Diaz Jr. set to take on Juan Luis Hernandez at Belasco Theater in L.A.

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Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte tonight (Friday) will square off with Juan Luis Hernandez of Mexico in the featherweight main event at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised by Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, has a record of 14-0 with nine knockouts. He is a very good prospect and it won’t be surprising at all to see him fighting for a world title within the next couple of years. Diaz is just 22.

Hernandez, 32, is 17-4-1 with nine knockouts.

 

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Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday will host annual turkey giveaway

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Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of South El Monte, will be among the fighters assisting in the annual turkey giveaway/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday will host his annual turkey giveaway at Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in East Los Angeles beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Among the Golden Boy Promotions fighters expected to be on hand are Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, Julian Ramirez of East Los Angeles, Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte and Diego De La Hoya, Oscar De La Hoya’s 20-year-old cousin from Mexicali.

(Note: The families receiving the turkeys have been pre-selected.)

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Josesito Lopez gets eight-round technical decision over Mike Arnaoutis

Josesito Lopez of Riverside won an eight-round technical decision over Mike Arnaoutis in the welterweight main event Friday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

Arnaoutis (24-10-2). of Queens, N.Y., was badly cut over the the left eye in the eighth courtesy of an accidental head butt. Arnaoutis could not continue and the bout, which was slated for 10 rounds, went to the scorecards after the eighth. Lopez (30-6) won by scores of 77-74, 77-74 and 76-75.

Also, Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte stopped Carlos Rodriguez of Mexico in the seventh round of their super bantamweight bout slated for eight rounds. Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is 8-0 with six knockouts. Rodriguez is 18-13-4.

Julian Ramirez (9-0, 6 KOs), an undefeated featherweight from Los Angeles, was supposed to be on this Golden Boy Promotions card as well. But his fight with Jose Angel Veranda fell out.

 

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Joseph Diaz Jr. now 7-0 after third-round TKO of Noel Mendoza at StubHum

Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte stopped overmatched Noel Mendoza of Phoenix at 1:54 of the third round Saturday night at StubHub Center.

Diaz decked Mendoza (6-3) twice in the third round, referee Raul Caiz Jr. waving off the bout after the second knockdown.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is now 7-0 with five knockouts. His bout was televised on Showtime Extreme.

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Joseph Diaz Jr. stops Rigoberto Casillas after the third round at Home Depot Center

Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte is 5-0 with three knockouts after stopping Rigoberto Casillas of San Diego after the third round of their scheduled four-round featherweight bout on Saturday at Home Depot Center in Carson.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, battered Casillas (8-12-1) with hard shots to the head and body. Casillas did not answer the bell for the fourth round.

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Joseph Diaz Jr. gets KO

Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, is now 4-0 with two knockouts after stopping Eric Gotay in the third round of their super bantamweight bout Friday at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Diaz, just 20, trains out of the Teamsters Youth Boxing Club in South El Monte. His bout with Gotay was scheduled for six rounds. Gotay, of the Dominican Republic, is 3-2.

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