Juan Diaz-Julio Diaz fight comparison

Kevin Iole
Yahoo! Sports

IBF champion Julio Diaz puts his title on the line against WBA-WBO champion Juan Diaz at the Sears Centre in Chicago. Here is what each man must do to win:

Keys to victory
1. Stick the jab: Against a pressure fighter like Juan Diaz, a consistent jab is the best weapon. 1. Up and down: Move his short shots to the body and then to the head.

2. Tie him up: Given the pace that Juan Diaz sets, Julio can win points by slowing the pace and not allowing him to shoeshine inside. 2. Block escape routes: Juan Diaz needs to force Julio to fight.

3. Change directions: Juan Diaz is great at cutting off the ring. Julio needs to change directions frequently so as to not allow Juan to figure it out. 3. Start early: The fight will likely go the distance and Juan Diaz can't afford a slow start.

4. Uppercut: If Juan Diaz gets onto Julio's chest, the best weapon is a left uppercut. 4. Hook 'em: Juan Diaz is outstanding at the double hook combination, going first to the body and then to the head.

Rating the fighters
Comparison of Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz on a scale of 1-10 in several key categories:
on a rating of 1 to 10 in several categories:
Punching power 8 8 Juan hits harder than people think
Jab 7 8 Julio relies on a crisp, powerful jab
Body attack 9 7 Juan is relentless
Speed and quickness 7 7 Juan has the faster hands; Julio the quicker feet
Defense 7 7 There won't be much posing
Chin 9 8 Juan doesn't have a cut body, but he can go and go and go
Stamina 8 8 Juan doesn't have a cut body, but he can go and go and go
Corner 6 8 Juan's trainer, Ronnie Shields, is in Russia with Evander Holyfield
Intangibles 8 8 Julio has something to prove to the doubters

Total 69 69 In what should be a highly entertaining fight, I'll take Juan Diaz by the slimmest of margins