Carlos Diaz (left) battles Emanuel Lopez in October 2017.
A knockout loss in his last bout is not going to deter lightweight Carlos Diaz from his goal of securing a world title shot.
Diaz returns to action Saturday night when he squares off against Jesus Perez at the Arena Oasis in Cancun, Mexico. The 10-round bout will air live on Azteca TV throughout Mexico.
The 23-year-old contender was ranked No. 3 by the WBO when he squared off against the hard-hitting Jose Zepeda on June 16. Diaz started out well, dropping Zepeda in round four, but he was hurt and knocked out in the fifth.
Because of that setback, Diaz (26-1, 13 knockouts) was dropped from the rankings and decided to move up to 140 pounds for the Perez fight. And the Guadalajara native remains one of Zanfer Promotions’ top fighters.
“Diaz is the better boxer in this fight,” Zanfer Promotions liaison Sean Gibbons told The Ring on Wednesday. “Jesus Perez brings a lot of heart and determination.
“I have to take my hat off to Carlos and Jesus for taking this. It is a very intriguing fight between two guys with one loss.”
Perez (22-1, 17 KOs) last fought on July 28 in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, stopping the overmatched Dario Medina in the opening round.
The 21-year-old boxer-puncher suffered the only blemish of his career on May 5, losing by unanimous decision to junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Madiev.
Also on the Zanfer Promotions card, Guadalupe Martinez (17-9, 6 KOs) will defend her WBC junior bantamweight title against Yulihan Luna Avila (16-2-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October 2013. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing
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