Felix Diaz’s shot at unified 140-pound world champion Terence Crawford is what the challenger’s trainer calls “maybe the last golden opportunity of his life.”
Felix Diaz entered the ring Saturday desperate to rebound from the first loss of his career and end Sammy Vasquez Jr.’s unbeaten run. Diaz accomplished his goal, although it took a little longer than the 10 scheduled rounds.
Sammy Vasquez Jr. has a game plan to gain a stoppage within eight rounds Saturday night, but Felix Diaz says he’s also “gunning for a knockout” in their 147-pound bout.
Like most successful boxers, Felix Diaz is short and quick with his punches. About the only thing shorter and quicker might be his responses to questions.
Unbeaten 147-pound contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. desperately wants to test himself against a world-class opponent.
Neither Felix Diaz nor Levan Ghvamichava has suffered back-to-back defeats in their professional careers. Now one of those fighters is about to face that stark reality when they face each other.
The last time Felix Diaz was in the ring, he gave a former champion all he could handle before coming up just short. Now Diaz gets another opportunity to take down an ex-titleholder, and this time the 2008 Olympic gold medalist plans to leave no doubt.
Lamont Peterson has been through two tough fights at catchweights between 140 and 147 pounds this year, and been on both sides of majority decisions. He lost a close one to Danny Garcia in April, but righted himself Saturday at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, with a win over a game Felix Diaz.