"I want to fight somebody who thinks he can beat me, and who will prepare himself 100 % to fight me."
BoxingTalk: Julio, what’s the latest?
Julio Diaz: We were working on a fight with Casamayor for April 15th, but that didn’t work out because he didn’t want the fight. Now it looks like I’ll be fighting April 5th in Albuquerque, but I have no idea who that might be against. Everybody is already tied up and whoever isn’t doesn’t want to fight me.BoxingTalk: I know you helped out Castillo prepare for his fight against Reyes. How was it getting in the ring with him again?
Julio Diaz: It was good. Castillo is good at beating you down but he’s not a strong fighter. He has a lot of experience, and he just puts a lot of pressure on you. I know I gave him too much respect in our fight.BoxingTalk: Do you feel you are a better lightweight since squaring off with Castillo recently?
Julio Diaz: I think it taught me not to be pushed around anymore. I’m a bigger guy now. I’m walking around at 160, but I’ will still be able to fight at lightweight. I won’t have problem losing the weight.BoxingTalk: It’s been six months since you have been in the ring last. Now you are talking about fight in April. That will be an 8 month layoff for you. Are you concerned at all about ring rust?
Julio Diaz: Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I fought. I feel my best years are going by, but there is nothing I can do.BoxingTalk: You would like to be seeing a lot more action then you are.
Julio Diaz: Definitely. Especially right now. It’s the time. Here I am. I’m 100% dedicated.BoxingTalk: Are you happy with the way Sycuan Ringside has been promoting you?
Julio Diaz: I don’t know if it’s them. I don’t want to point anyone out. All I know is that I should be fighting. I don’t know who is to blame.BoxingTalk: WBA champ Juan Diaz keeps getting postponed. Are you ready to step in there and finally have that Diaz-Diaz fight?
Julio Diaz: I was ready a long time ago, but he doesn’t want to fight me. He just wants to make a little change. The only thing that makes him who he is is that belt.BoxingTalk: Even though you have knocked out the two opponents you have faced since your loss to Castillo, they have been against softer opposition. Do you see yourself taking a step up in your next fight or will you continue to take tune up bouts?
Julio Diaz: I want big fights. It makes me look bad not fighting the big fights right now. When I was a prospect I was fighting undefeated fighters. I’m not a bout to regress. I want to fight somebody who thinks he can beat me, and who will prepare himself 100 % to fight me. Not a sloppy guy who makes me look bad. Look at the last fight Castillo had. The whole arena went crazy because of how bad it was, and they were booing him. I don’t feel it was Castillo’s fault, Reyes wasn’t fighting him.BoxingTalk: We are a month and a half into 2006, how would you like the rest of the year to go for you?
Julio Diaz: I want to have big fights with big names and beat all of them. I don’t want people to say, ‘Who’s that?’ about the guys I’m fighting; and by the end of the year I want a title.
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