World title contender Iran “MagniKO” Diaz is one of the fastest rising talents in today’s boxing scene of Mexico, a country known for its passionate adulation for pugilism.
Throughout boxing’s illustrious history, Mexico has always found a special place in the sport as it is a breeding ground of world champions celebrated by die-hard fans around the globe, including Ricardo Lopez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Salvador Sanchez, Ruben Olivares, Juan Manuel Marquez and Julio Cesar Chavez.
Diaz seeks to accomplish the feat of becoming Mexico’s 187th world titleholder in boxing as he is slated to challenge Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship.
Both men are booked to lock horns in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on 6 October.
Since the stakes are high in his scheduled 12-round championship clash with Sor Rungvisai, Diaz is bent on capitalizing the opportunity of joining Mexico’s boxing greats in the elite cast of world champions.
“This opportunity is a big one for me in my career. I am facing one of the toughest boxers in the world now, pound-for-pound. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is aggressive and strong, but so am I. Mexican boxers are the best in the sport. It’s in our blood, and I am proud to represent my country here on the global stage,” he said.
“Actually, there is no pressure coming into this fight. The only pressure is my eagerness to win,” Diaz added.
Holding a professional record of 14-2-3 with six knockouts, Diaz’s most notable victories have come at the expense of dangerous former world champions Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Luis Concepcion.
Sharing the ring with a hometown hero like Sor Rungvisai, who has beaten the likes of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada, Diaz is confident that he could pull off the improbable upset in the first world title contest of his boxing career on 6 October.
“This is without a doubt the biggest fight in my time as a professional boxer, but I believe I have enough experience and technical knowledge to deal with his particular style. I have faced very strong opponents in the past, and I know how to deal with adversity,” he stated.
Diaz is getting all the assistance that he can get in order to be victorious against Sor Rungvisai at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, acquiring the services of Marquez as his adviser and tapping Estrada as one of his training partners.
The 28-year-old Ciudad Obregon, Sonora native will be wrapping off his training camp at Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain’s fabled Romanza Gym in Mexico City, which is a home to a number of famous Mexican pugilists such as Marquez, Jorge Arce, Jhonny Gonzalez and Rey Vargas, to name a few.
“There are only a few weeks left before I step into the ring with him. I am continuing to sharpen my skills for the big fight. I’m working very hard with my team to score the biggest upset of my career. I am here to make history. After October 6th, the whole world will remember my name,” Diaz vowed.