Kendall Holt vs Julio Diaz

Former IBF Lightweight World Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) says he’s still got plenty left to give boxing before he retires to run his construction company.

 

He will get the chance to prove it tomorrow, Friday, May 13, when he meets former WBO Light Welterweight Champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) in a crossroads battle at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, and live on Friday Night Fights on ESPN3 at 9 pm, EST.

The two former champions will serve as the main event of a sensational card put together by Gary Shaw Productions in association with Thompson Boxing.

“For a while, I was starting to look old, but my body wasn’t getting old, it was my mental state and preparation that were suffering,” admits Diaz from his hotel room, waiting to weigh-in. “I lost discipline and focus for a bit and I was just fighting for the scale. But now, I’ve got my act together and I’m back on track.”

31-year-old Diaz says he knows he’s not a Kidd anymore and that this is a “loser goes home” type of fight with Holt.

“Yes, it is do-or-die for me and also for Kendall Holt. That’s why it’ll be such a good fight. The fans will be getting the best of Julio and Kendall because we’re both running out of chances, but I would not be here wasting my time if I didn’t feel I’m able to fight my way back up to another shot.”

MAIN EVENT 10 Rds. Junior Welterweights
KENDALL HOLT

142 LBS

26-4, 14 KOs
Paterson, New Jersey
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JULIO DIAZ

141.5 LBS

38-6, 27 KOs
Coachella, California

8 Rds. Junior Middleweights
JONATHAN GONZALEZ
154 LBS
12-0, 12 KOs
Puerto Rico

RUDY CISNEROS
152.5 LBS
12-2, 11 KOs
Chicago, Illinois

4 Rds. Middleweights
KURTISS COLVIN
159 LBS
4-0, 3 KOs
Austin, Texas

CAMERON ALLAN
158.5 LBS
3-6, 1 KO
Battle Creek, Michigan

6 Rds. Junior Middleweights
JULIAN WILLIAMS
153 LBS
6-0, 4 KOs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FRANCISCO SANTANA
153.5 LBS
12-2, 6 KOs
Santa Barbara, California

6 Rds. Featherweights
RUFINO SERRANO
126.75 LBS
8-3
Santa Maria, California

RAMON FLORES
129 LBS
3-11-2, 3 KOs
Wilmington, California

4 Rds. Female Junior Flyweights
SENIESA ESTRADA
111.5 LBS
Pro Debut
Los Angeles, California

MARIA RUIZ
112.5 LBS
0-2
Houston, Texas

4 Rds. Super Featherweights
JOEL DIAZ
128 LBS
2-0, 1 KO
Lancaster, California

DIONICIO ALVAREZ
126.25 LBS
1-2
Fresno, California

6 Rds. Super Welterweights
JHON ORTEGA
144.5 LBS
4-0, 4 KOs
Londonderry, New Hampshire

MARCUS THOMPKINS
145.25 LBS
5-3-1, 2 KOs
Michigan City, Indiana

4 Rds. Bantamweights
DANIEL ROMAN
118 LBS
1-0-1, 1 KO
Garden Grove, California

ALFREDO MADRIGAL
118 LBS
1-0
Bakersfield, California

6 Rds. Super Middleweights
ANTHONY DIRRELL
170 LBS
20-0, 17 KOs
Flint, Michigan

ALBERTO MERCEDES
171 LBS
14-17-1, 10 KOs
West Allis, Wisconsin

(Card Subject To Change)