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Juan Diaz Biography
Juan DÃaz, born September 17, 1983 in Houston, Texas, is aMexican-American boxer in the lightweight (135 lb) division. His record is 35-4(17 KOs). He is the former unified WBA , WBO , IBF and IBO world lightweightchampion.
DÃaz made his professional boxing debut at age 16 on June 23, 2000 with afirst-round TKO victory over Rafael Ortiz. He won his first five fights byknockout.
On November 22, 2003, DÃaz won the WBO youth lightweighttitle with a sixth-round TKO of journeyman Joel PÃ©rez.
On July 17, 2004, DÃaz defeated Mongolian Lakva Sim for theWBA lightweight title by unanimous decision. DÃaz defended the title seventimes. On December 4, 2004, he defeated former two-time WBA lightweightchampion Julien Lorcy. On April 8, 2006, he defended his title againstundefeated JosÃ© Miguel Cotto (brother of Miguel Cotto). DÃaz defeated Cotto byunanimous decision. On November 14, 2006, Diaz successfully defended his titlefor the fifth time against Fernando Angulo of Ecuador.
On April 28, 2007, he successfully defended his titleagainst WBO champion Acelino Freitas by TKO after Freitas forfeited the fightbefore beginning the 9th round, unifying the WBO lightweight championship withthe WBA lightweight title. The fight took place in Mashantucket, USA.
DÃaz defeated Julio DÃaz, the IBF Lightweight Title Holderon October 13 in Chicago Illinois.
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