"I've been training hard and I always try to adjust to different styles. That's why we bring in different sparring partners so the preparation is definitely there.
"Everything is going great in camp. The fight is only a few days away and I'm excited to be back. I really appreciate all the fans and I'm glad to be fighting in Southern California.
"There are big things coming in 2014, but first things first and that's December 13 I'm expecting a tough fight and that's what I'm focused on. I don't take anyone lightly and train like I'm the underdog."
Joseph Diaz Jr
[On his opponent]: "I know that Carlos Rodriguez is going to come and be aggressive to try to overwhelm me.
"He [Rodriguez] may be my toughest opponent to date, but I'm ready for him. I know that it will be a difficult fight because he's an experienced fighter, but I'm ready to give the fans a great show.
"If the knockout comes, then it comes. The knockouts I've gotten, I got with shots they weren't expecting. I just like to take my time and have patience when I am in the ring."
"I feel good. I'm ready for December 13. I've been preparing for three months and I trained and sparred with Yeyo Thompson and Jesse Roman. I've sparred 10-rounds of sparring three times per week so I feel strong and I'm ready to give my everything to get the win."
Diego De La Hoya
"Estoy contento por esta pelea, por poder pelear en casa con mi gente y acercarme un poco mas a mi gran sueño de ser campeón. Me he preparado bien, he trabajado duro en los entrenamientos con el mejor entrenador Joel De La Hoya y con algunos sparrings muy buenos. Estoy contento por tener un gran equipo."
All photos by Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing