By Osman Rodriguez – BoxingScene.com
Undefeated super featherweight prospect, Joel Diaz Jr. (9-0, 8 KOs), steps back in the ring this Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington against late replacement, Emmanuel Lucero (26-10-1, 16 KOs). BoxingScene caught up with the rising star as he gets ready to leave “The Summit” in Big Bear Ca.
BoxingScene: You’re facing an opponent who has been in the ring with some of the best fighters in boxing. How do you feel about facing such an experienced fighter so early in your career?
Joel Diaz Jr.: I’m one of those fighters who will step in the ring with anybody. Lucero has the experience over me, but I have my youth and will to win on my side. This is a big step up for me, but I feel my talent is on another level than his. Fights like this are only going to get me better as I move up the rankings.
BoxingScene: This will be your first ten round fight, can you elaborate on the extra rounds?
Joel Diaz Jr.: My trainer Able Sanchez has stepped up everything in the gym. We are doing more rounds on the bags, sparring more and running longer. I’ve also been working on my breathing. In ten round fights I have to pace myself to go the extra rounds if need be. Read more…