Christopher Diaz

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 24wins

  • 2losses

  • 0draws

  • 16kos

AGE:
24
Birthplace:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:
5'6"
reach:
64"
Managers:
-
Trainers:
Raul "Chino" Rivas

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CHRISTOPHER “Pitufo” (Smurf) DIAZ

At the age of 24, Christopher is a five-year pro. A contender at 126 pounds, he has an all-action style – he has headlined several fights cards and is a fan favorite wherever he fights.

Christopher stayed very active in the ring with six fights in 2014, six in 2015, five in 2016, three in 2017, and three in 2018.

He challenged for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida. Christopher gave a strong effort and had several rallies in an exciting fight, but lost a 12-round unanimous decision against Masayuki Ito.

In his last fight on November 24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he won by first-round knockout against David Berna.

The Ring’s Francisco Salazar reported [excerpts]: Christopher Diaz bounced back from the only loss of his career, knocking out David Berna in the opening round at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino.

Diaz, who resides in nearby Barranquitas, dropped Berna with a left hook to the head and the stricken fighter was counted out at 1:08.

This knockout win comes almost four months after Diaz lost by unanimous decision to Masayuki Ito.

For the Berna fight, Diaz dropped down to 126 pounds. [End Salazar item]

In his post-fight interview, Christopher said, “From the defeat we learn, and this is the beginning of a great stage in my career. The fight against Ito was a great experience. I had never had such a brawling fight. From now on they will see better things of Pitufo.”

“There’s nothing to prove. People know what I’m giving – I’m a warrior and they know I can fight the 12 rounds, I prepare well. I have a commitment with my daughters, with my wife – it’s doing my job, which is to fight.”

In earlier interviews, Christopher said, “I’m not playing. I’m fighting for my babies now – I want to make sure their future is good. I’m working hard for them and my family and my mom.

“I’m hungry – I want to be champion. 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.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Christopher said, “I was born in Philadelphia, USA, but my family moved to Puerto Rico when I was one month old. My father had all of his family in Puerto Rico, but he had been living in the U.S. for about a year. I got two brothers – one older than me and one younger than me. My mother is a nurse and my father was a builder. He died about 14 years ago. I’m the only boxer in the family. My father boxed when he was younger. He had like, 35 fights amateur.

“I was eight years old when I started boxing. I took up boxing like a hobby, like entertainment.

“I had 137 amateur fights. I lost like, 29 fights. The José Cheo Aponte Tournament was my final tournament as an amateur. I’m naturally right-handed.”…

Christopher is married and had three daughters…

Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole wrote [Dec. 8, 2017 – excerpts]: Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz was born and raised and still has a home in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. He did have a home, that is, until Sept. 20, when Hurricane Maria hit land in Puerto Rico.

When the massive storm finally subsided, Diaz got the bad news from family members: 95 percent of everything they owned was gone and their home was destroyed.

Diaz was in New Jersey, training for [his] bout with Bryant Cruz, when the storm hit. He flew his mother, his girlfriend, his brother and his daughter to New Jersey to provide them shelter, and plans to move the family to Orlando, Florida, after the fight.

Large areas of Puerto Rico, nearly three months later, are still without electricity or potable water.

“It’s a terrible situation and it’s going to take a long time to get back,” Diaz said.

He managed to focus on his training, he said, and plans to give an inspired performance against Cruz. After that, the focus will be on picking up the remnants of what was left of his life in Puerto Rico and leaving the only home he has known to move to Florida.

He said because of his love for Puerto Rico, he wants to move back some day but said he fears it is going to be a long time before it is rebuilt.

“It’s going to be two or three years to get back to normal,” he said. “So many cities have nothing: No roads, no energy [power], no water. A lot of people are trying to help, but what happened was so bad. It’s going to be two or three years to rebuild and a lot of people are going to be in need of assistance.”

After the fight, he said he’s going to Barranquitas to give gifts to the children to try to give them a respite from the tragedy.

“They need some happiness in their lives, you know?” he said. “We all have to do whatever we can because it’s so bad what has happened.” [End Iole item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 JOSE CHEO APONTE TOURNAMENT – Caguas, Puerto Rico, 123 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-1-12 he lost a 16-10 decision against Robenilson de Jesus of Brazil…

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement…has good punching power…is experienced against good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 25 fights…116 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 64 %…of wins – 66 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (0-1)…10 rounds – 0…8 rounds – 4 (4-0)…

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 11-24-18 in San Juan, PR, he won by knockout (1st round) against David Berna (17-5): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino; Christopher scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Berna was counted out at 1:08…

    WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 7-28-18 in Kissimmee, FL, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against Masayuki Ito (23-1-1): the bout headlined at the Kissimmee Civic Center, and it was a good fight; Ito pressed forward, out-worked Christopher in the early rounds and built a lead on the scorecards; Ito scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th round and Christopher’s left eye became swollen; Christopher rallied and rocked Ito with punches to the body and head in the 5th and 6th rounds, and rallied again in the 10th and 11th rounds; both went all-out in the 12th rounds; scored 118-109, 117-110, 116-111…

    1ST NABO JL TITLE DEFENSE – on 3-17-18 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (4th round) against Braulio Rodriguez (19-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam main event, and Christopher dominated the fight – he pressed forward, out-worked Rodriguez, and consistently landed the harder punches; Rodriguez injured his right hand early in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:28…

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  • 2017

    WON VACANT NABO JL TITLE – On 12-9-17 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (3rd round) against late substitute Bryant Cruz (18-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux main event, and Christopher quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Cruz to the seat of his trunks in the 1st round, then scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd – the first with a cuffing left hook, the second with a series of punches; Christopher staggered Cruz with a left hook early in the 3rd round, then scored a knockdown with a right hand moments later and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:37…

    On 4-21-17 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Jose Estrella (18-11-1): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at Osceola Heritage Center, and Christopher quickly overpowered him; he scored knockdown with a series of left hooks early in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 3rd, and Estrella was counted out at 1:45…

    On 2-3-17 in San Juan, PR, he won by TKO (7th round) against Efrain Esquivias (17-5-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Felix Verdejo vs. Oliver Flores main event – Christopher consistently landed the harder punches and dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook early in the 4th; he staggered Esquivias with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:18; after six rounds, Christopher led by shutout scores of 60-52, 60-52, 60-55…

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  • 2016

    On 11-18-16 in Kissimmee he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Francisco Vargas (30-10-3): the bout headlined at Osceola Heritage Center, and it was a good fight; Vargas gave a good effort, pressed forward, and had a few rallies; but Christopher out-boxed and outworked him, and landed the sharper punches; scored 78-74, 79-73, 77-75.

    On 9-23-16 in Kissimmee, FL, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Raul Hirales (2-5-1): the bout headlined at Osceola Heritage Center, and it was a good fight; Christopher scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round; Hirales came back, gave a determined effort and several of the following rounds were close, but Christopher kept a fast pace, consistently landed the sharper punches, and had the edge in most of them; scored 79-72, 80-71, 77-73.

    On 6-11-16 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (8th round) against Neftali Campos (11-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Roman Martinez main event; Campos gave a determined effort, but Christopher started fast and staggered him in the 1st round; Christopher pressed forward in the following rounds, outworked Campos, and consistently landed the harder punches; he rocked Campos with a series of punches early in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:32.

    WON VACANT WBO YOUTH F TITLE – On 4-16-16 in Sam Juan, PR, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Ray Ximenez (13-0): the bout was co-featured with the Felix Verdejo-Jose Luis Rodriguez main event, and stole the show; both started fast, gave tremendous efforts, and repeatedly brought the fans to their feet; Ximenez pressed forward and scored well at close range, but Christopher consistently landed the harder punches and had the clear advantage in several rounds; the fans gave them a standing ovation at the final bell – scored 78-74, 77-75, 80-72.

    On 2-27-16 in New York he won by knockout (4th round) against Angel Luna (1-1-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy main event; Luna gave a good effort and the early rounds were close, but Christopher staggered him with a right hand in the 4th round, then followed with a three punch combination – right hand-left hook-right hand – Luna was defenseless and held up by the corner post, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:42.

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