fighter

Christopher Diaz

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 21wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 13kos

AGE:
22
Birthplace:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:
5'6"
reach:
64"
Managers:
Ricky Marquez
Trainers:
Raul "Chino" Rivas

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Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz

At the age of 22, Christopher is a three-year pro. A rising young contender at 126 pounds, he has an all-action style and is a fan favorite wherever he fights.

Christopher stayed very active in the ring with six fights in 2014, six in 2015, and five in 2016, and made very good progress – he stepped up in class of opposition, gave consistently impressive performances, and advanced to eight-round status.

He has also climbed to No. 3 in the WBO Top 10 world rankings.

In his last fight on April 21 in Kissimmee, Florida, he won by third-round knockout against Jose Estrella.

The Ring’s Francisco Salazar reported [excerpts]: Christopher Diaz looks like he is making a successful transition from prospect to world title contender.

The popular featherweight from Puerto Rico stopped veteran Jose Estrella in the third round at the Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Diaz has also become a local draw in Kissimmee, not far from Orlando and where an increasing number of Puerto Rican-Americans reside.

Diaz’s pedigree was on display early on. Within 40 seconds of the opening bell, a left hook dropped Estrella to the canvas. Estrella fought on, even pressing the action during certain sequences of the fight.

Diaz ended matters in round three, as he hurt Estrella with a right-left combination that wobbled Estrella. Diaz followed up with a left hook to the body that dropped Estrella. [The] referee counted Estrella out at 1:45. [End Salazar item]

Christopher won an impressive eight-round unanimous decision in a battle of undefeated prospects against Ray Ximenez on April 16, 2016, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout was co-featured with the Felix VerdejoJose Luis Rodriguez main event and stole the show.

BoxingScene.com’s Jake Donovan reported [excerpts]: Prospects in this era are used to being groomed on the way up, but Diaz and Ximenez not only agreed to a showdown at this stage of their respected careers, but fought as if promoter Top Rank only had one contract left that would go to whomever won the fight. There was no feeling out process as both put their full arsenal on display over eight furiously paced rounds.

The biggest difference in the fight was Diaz’ more telling blows, throwing punches with greater conviction and leaving the more lasting impression.

Both were given a well-deserved round of applause by fight’s end, but only one winner could prevail. That honor rightfully went to Diaz, the charismatic 21-year old from Barranquitas – roughly 90 minutes southwest of San Juan…. [End Donovan item]

Christopher said, “The fans like aggressive fighters, and that’s what I do. I move forward, but I can box, too. For every fight, I come ready. The fans pay to see the fights, and I appreciate that. I come to fight. I give a great show to the fans, that’s my job. I fight for me, but I fight for the fans, too.”

Regarding his nickname, he said, “My father’s nickname was Pitufo. When he died, in his honor I put that as my nickname.”

fight history

  • 2013

    Fight by Fight – On 12-14-13 in Caguas he won by TKO (1st round, 1:57) against Jonathan Feliciano (debut).

    He debuted at the age of 18 on 9-26-13 in Bethlehem, PA, and won by knockout (2nd round, 2:36) against John Portillo (0-1).

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  • 2014

    Fight by Fight – On 12-13-14 in Philadelphia, PA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jazzma Hogue (3-5-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo- Karim El Ouazghari main event, and Christopher dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th round, then bloodied Hogue’s nose and scored another knockdown with a right hand late in the 6th; scored 60-52 on all three scorecards.

    On 10-4-14 in Orlando, FL, he won by knockout (4th round) against Francisco Camacho (2-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Sergio Villanueva main event, and Christopher dominated the fight; he scored two knockdowns in the 4th round, both with left hooks to the body, and Camacho was counted out at 0:55.

    On 8-16-14 in Caguas, PR, he won by TKO (1st round, 2:00) against Reggie Santiago (3-1).

    On 4-19-14 in Orlando he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:38) against Lamarr Charlton (1-4-2).

    On 3-22-14 in Caguas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Luis Hernandez (0-3).

    On 2-1-14 in Caguas he won a 4 round split decision against José Rodriguez (1-0): Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, but Christopher dominated the rest of the fight; scored 38-37, 38-37 Diaz, 38-37 Rodriguez.

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  • 2015

    Fight by Fight – On 12-11-15 in San Juan, PR, he won by knockout (6th round, 1:20) against Jerry Guevara (9-2-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Josenilson Dos Santos main event, and Christopher dominated the fight; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Guevara; Christopher scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 6th round, and Guevara was counted out at 1:20.

    On 10-31-15 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Karl Garcia (5-5-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at the Osceola Heritage Center; Christopher scored two knockdowns early in the 2nd round, both with left hooks, and Garcia was counted out at 0:26.

    On 8-15-15 in Bayamon, PR, he won by TKO (1st round) against Alcides Santiago (5-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-main events at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez; Christopher scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round – Santiago got up, but Christopher rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:26.

    On 6-13-15 in New York, NY, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Marcelo Gallardo (5-2-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga main event; both gave strong efforts, and it was fast-paced and exciting; several rounds were close, but Christopher generally landed the harder punches and won by scores of 58-56, 58-56, 59-55.

    On 4-25-15 in Guaynabo, PR, he won by TKO (5th round) against José Bustos (7-3-3) the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Marco Antonio Lopez main event; Christopher consistently landed the harder punches and dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, steadily wore down Bustos, and Bustos did not continue after the 5th round; after five rounds, Christopher led by scores of 50-41 on all three scorecards.

    On 2-28-15 in Tampa, FL, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Luis Ruiz (5-3-1): the bout was on the undercard at the USF Sundome; Christopher dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-53 on all three scorecards.

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