JULIO DIAZ CONTINUES WELTERWEIGHT CAMPAIGN
Press Release: Coming off a comeback victory on July 28th, former lightweight titlist Julio "The Kidd" Diaz is back to face Puerto Rico's Hector Sanchez (19-2) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, September 29th in the Solo Boxeo main event on TeleFutura. Local favorite Andrew "Chango" Cancio will look to thrill his fan base when he faces Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez in the ten-round junior lightweight co-feature. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at midnight ET/11:00 p.m. PT.
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An accomplished member of the fighting Diaz family, Coachella's Julio "The Kidd" Diaz (39-7, 28 KO's) built his reputation not just with his two stints as IBF lightweight titlist, but with his wins over opponents such as Jesus Chavez, Ricky Quiles, Javier Jauregui and Herman Ngoudjo. In July, he returned from a 14-month layoff with a fifth round knockout over Henry Aurad and, at welterweight, the 32-year-old says he feels stronger and better than ever.
The 25-year-old Hector "El Flaco" Sanchez (19-2, 9 KO's) is a tall and lanky fighter who will be using every inch of his 6-foot-1 frame to baffle the 5-foot-9 Diaz on September 29. A native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Sanchez was a two-time national amateur champion and 2000 Junior Olympic bronze medalist and owns a 2009 win over former World Champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley. Now he wants to add Diaz's name to his list of vanquished high-profile opponents.
Blythe, California's Andrew "Chango" Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KO's) has a clear-cut 10 round unanimous decision win over [badly faded] Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez in June.
Chino, California's Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez (27-6, 18 KO's) is well aware that a win over the up-and-coming Cancio on September 29 could be his ticket to a big fight. In his recent fights, the 34-year old has [lost to] a series of undefeated opponents including Yuriorkis Gamboa, Ronny Rios and Eloy Perez and is confident that those fights have given him the experience to defeat the younger Cancio.