|Julio Diaz; “I have no respect for Juan and I am not scared of him!”
INTERVIEW by Benny Henderson Jr (Oct 8, 2007) DoghouseBoxing
Coming up October 13th, from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, ILL live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark 11:00 PM ET/PT, two tough Mexican warriors collide in a spectacular 135-pound championship match-up as the undefeated WBA/WBO titleholder Juan Diaz 32-0 (16) takes on the IBF lightweight titleholder Julio Diaz 34-3 (25) in a battle of the Diaz’s.
Julio, better known as ‘The Kidd’ has had great success in his time as a professional banging out epic victories over the likes of Dario Jose Esalas (KO 4), Courtney Burton (TKO 11), and Ricky Quiles (UD 12), and now looks to be the first
to put an L on the unblemished record of his opponent Juan Diaz. Julio has asked for this fight and come fight night will get his wish when he takes a crack at the other Diaz. Julio took the time out of his busy schedule to give his thoughts on his upcoming match-up, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: First off Julio, I would like to say thanks for taking the time out to speak to Doghouse Boxing. Well, you have been hungry for the Juan Diaz fight for a good while, and now the fight is just days away. What are your thoughts on finally getting the shot at Juan and most importantly the chance at unification?
Julio Diaz: Thank you, this is a great opportunity and I am very excited. It is a chance of a lifetime and a fight that I have always asked for, because I want to get Juan while he is undefeated, he is in a very good spot and that is the kind of credit that I want to have in my career right now. I want to be the man who beat the man.
BH: Juan is of course as you know undefeated, thirty-two opponents before you have tried and failed to put a blemish on his resume. What will you do differently than the others to secure yourself a win and finally put an L on Juan’s record?
JD: I have no respect for him and I am not scared of him. He hits me I am going to hit him back, that is the difference. He does not scare me.
BH: How has your training camp been in preparation for this bout?
JD: Great, we are having a strong training camp and I am feeling very good mentally and physically. Conditioning wise we are in great shape, we are very excited.
BH: You have been somewhat in this position before with a title shot and all, but nothing of this magnitude with this being a unification bout. How much more pressure does it add if any knowing that this is not just for one title, but three of the four sanctioning bodies?
JD: No, no, no pressure. I am looking at this as just another fight, I am taking it as another fight but nothing special, I do not want to give him too much respect.
BH: Do you see this bout playing out as a boxing match or more of a backyard brawl?
JD: I think a little bit of both, I am going to have to exchange a bit and hurt him and make him feel some of me. I do not want him to get over excited and start using the ring.
BH: You have had some big fights throughout your career, up to this point, which has been your most memorable one?
JD: The Castillo fight that was a big learning experience for me.
BH: What can the fight fans expect out of Diaz vs. Diaz when the bell rings?
JD: Two hungry warriors fighting for their lives and for respect and everything, I think this is going to be a great fight and a great match-up.
BH: If you could send out a message to Juan before this bout using Doghouse as a platform, what would you say to him?
JD: He better bring it, a thousand percent, if not he is going to get hurt.
BH: Is there anything you would like to add to or ay in closing of this interview?
JD: No that is pretty much it; just don’t kiss out on this great fight. It is going to be a great, great fight, guaranteed.
I would like to thank Pierre Kacsinta and Lee Espinoza for their help on setting up this interview, and a thanks goes out to Julio for his time and thoughts.
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