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April 17, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for your June 9 bout with Abel Ramos? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything has been going great, I'm up here working hard with coach Chris (Byrd) and I'm going to be ready to take care of business on June 9. This is a big fight for me, I have a lot of respect for Abel Ramos, he's a warrior and he always comes to fight, but I will be ready for everything he brings to the table.

GL: What are you hoping a victory over Ramos leads to?

Joel Diaz Jr: "Bigger and better things. My manager Mike Criscio and promoters Lou DiBella and Jean Pascal have been trying to get me a big fight for a while. They made a lot of offers to a lot of fighters and nobody really wanted to fight me, so I have to give Abel Ramos credit for taking the fight and doing what a lot of other guys would not do."

GL: Guys like who?

JD: "I don't want to mention any names or make guys look like cowards, so I'll leave it alone for now. I got a job to do on June 9 and that's all I'm working on and thinking on."

GL: I heard that Regis Prograis turned the fight down, is that true?

JD: "Whoever told you that isn't lying to you."

GL: What do you know about Ramos?

JD: "Like I said, I know he comes to fight and he's a warrior. I think our styles our going to match up well and we're going to give the fans a very exciting fight. I know he's going to be at his best because he doesn't want to lose three Shobox fights in a row, I know I'm going to be at my best because this is an important fight for me to get a world ranking."

GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?

JD: "I don't have any prediction, but I know I will win."

GL: Why did you skip 135 and jump straight to 140?

JD: "Because I've grown, I'm not a kid anymore I'm a full grown man and making 135 would take too much out of me, so 140 is the division for me. I feel very strong at the weight and I think that's going to show on June 9."

GL: What weaknesses do you see in Ramos that you fell you'll be able to exploit?

JD: "I'll show everyone on June 9."

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into this fight?

JD: "I would have to say my power, I know Ramos likes to bang but so do I. With coach Chris I've learned how to stay in the pocket and slip punches and then come back with my shots, so that's why I think it's going to be a very exciting fight."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

JD: "As always it's great to be back on Boxingtalk, I want boxing fans to keep their eyes out for me because I'm going to make a statement to the rest of the 140 pound division on June 9."

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