On Saturday night, world ranked Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz and Luis “Popeye” Lebrón picked up big wins as part of latest edition of the series “Sabado de Campeones,” which was held at the San Juan Ballroom of the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan.
in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with Spartan Boxing and Top Rank, which will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.
Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs), who is also promoted by Top Rank and ranked # 6 by the WBO at 126 pounds, blew away Hungarian David Berna (17-6, 16 KOs) in the first round. Diaz crushed Berna with a left hook to end the action.
Diaz is coming off his first professional defeat, a unanimous decision loss which took place on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida – against Japanese Masayuki Ito fighting for the vacant WBO world title at 130 pounds.
“From the defeat we learn and this is the beginning of a great stage in my career. The fight against Ito was a great experience. I had never had such a brawling fight. From now on they will see better things of Pitufo,” Diaz said.
“There’s nothing to prove, people know what I’m giving, I’m a warrior and they know I can fight the 12 rounds, I prepare well, I have a commitment with my daughters, with my wife, it’s doing my job, which is to fight.”
Meanwhile, the WBO Latino champion at 126 pounds and ranked #12 by the WBO in that weight, Lebrón (14-0-1, 7 KOs), defeated Luis May (21-11 -1, 8 KOs) with a ten round unanimous decision. All three judges saw the contest 100-90.
In his most recent clash, Lebrón beat Darryl Hayes by TKO on September 1st.
Lightweight prospect Joseph Adorno (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Luis Gerardo Ávila (6-15-3, 3 KOs), who went down several times.
Super featherweight prospect Henry Lebron (7-0, 5 KOs) blasted out Mark Szoros (5-5, 3 KOs) in round one. Szoros went down three times.