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Diaz, Juarez poised for title shots!

Story & photos by Byron Spurlock

Monday in Houston, Texas, former lightweight king Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Rocky Juarez held an open media session at Savanna Boxing Club where both fighters are training and preparing for their upcoming fights on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

Diaz (34-1, 17 KOs) will be facing Juan Manuel Marquez (49-4, 36 KOs) in a 12-round unification bout for Marquez’ Ring Magazine strap and Diaz’s IBO version of the championship.

“I’m very focused for this fight,” says. Diaz. “I can’t wait for it to happen, especially in my backyard. When you hear the crowd chanting your name that pumps you up even harder.

“I know that we are role models now for the young kids look up to us, one day wishing and hoping that they can achieve that status of one day making it like Rocky and I have.

“It’s great—we are the type of role models that have come from nothing to something and that’s the America dream, to become this well-established person here in the United States. I think that’s good that kids can see that someone coming from nothing to something.”

In the co-main, Houston’s Rocky Juarez (28-4, 20 KOs) will be facing WBA featherweight title-holder Chris John (42-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round bout for John’s WBA title.

“I can’t wait for this night to happen, for you don’t get too many shots at winning a world title,” says Juarez. “In this sport you have to take advantage of every shot you get.”

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The bouts are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines. The card will take place on February 28th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and is televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT. Doors open at 5:30pm CT and the first fight will be at 6:00pm CT.

Tickets for Marquez vs. Diaz, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are still available for purchase, online at, select Houston area Randalls locations, by phone at 1-866-4-HOUTIX or at the Toyota Center Box Office.

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