Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, a former lightweight titleholder who retired from boxing last year at the age of 27, is set to join the commentary team for ShoBox: The New Generation, on Friday, August 24.
Diaz left the sport with a record of 35-4 (17 KO), and at one point held three of the major lightweight titles at the same time. He also faced Juan Manuel Marquez in a fight that won the majority of the 2009 Fight of the Year awards, including ours.
Diaz, who currently hosts "The Baby Bull Show" on ESPN Deportes radio, said, "I am really excited to join Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood and the entire ShoBox team for this show. When I was a young fighter coming up, ShoBox represented the first step on the last road toward fulfilling my dream. When you walk out for your first ShoBox fight and you see that the crowd is a bit bigger and more enthusiastic than you've seen before, and you know that the entire country is watching on TV, you have a realization that becoming a world champion is now within your grasp."
Diaz has already started analyzing the matchups for the show. In the main event, 21-year-old bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KO) will face Manuel Roman (15-1-3, 6 KO). Roman doesn't have a record that you'd get excited about on paper, but he's served as a sparring partner for Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon. He knows his way around a ring.
In the co-feature, lightweight Michael Perez (16-1-1, 10 KO) will face Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-1, 11 KO).
"Randy Caballero has shown the promise of becoming a very special fighter," Diaz said. "With a good showing against the equally hungry Manuel Roman, Randy will be on his road to a world championship.
"I'm also really looking forward to the co-feature with Michael Perez. Perez may have suffered one loss, but he still holds a lot of potential. He's got another chance now to prove on the big stage that he is for real, but he'll have his work cut out for him against Maldonado, that's for sure."