Julio Diaz Back in Action on April 5th

By Darren Nichols


Julio Diaz Back in Action on April 5th

"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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