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

JULIO DIAZ’S KEYS

JUAN DIAZ'S KEYS

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:

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JUAN DIAZ

JULIO DIAZ

IOLE’S SKINNY

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

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