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 Verdejo–Jose 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.”