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Khan vs Diaz: Julio Diaz building extra power, aiming for early knockout

Julio Diaz doesn't want to get paid by the hour when he faces Amir Khan on April 27, saying he's training specifically to score a quick knockout.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former two-time lightweight titlist Julio Diaz isn't afraid of showing his cards as he prepares for a 143-pound catchweight main event in Sheffield on April 27 against Amir Khan, saying he's training specifically to test Khan's infamous chin and score an early win:

"Honestly, this is the first time in my career I have trained to hurt a guy, with the specific intention of getting an early finish. I've been working on extra power."

Diaz, 33, surprised many by taking undefeated prospect Shawn Porter to a ten-round draw in a welterweight fight last December, part of the Khan-Molina undercard giving as good as he got and shaking Porter up on a few occasions. His previous bouts at welterweight -- against Pavel Miranda, Henry Aurad, and Hector Sanchez -- have all been stoppage wins.

Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO) appears to still have some power. There's no doubt that he's going to be at a speed disadvantage against Khan, and that Amir is probably the more talented boxer. If Khan stays out of Diaz's wheelhouse, which appears to be the focus of his training with Virgil Hunter, then Diaz will probably have a long night. But if Julio can crack Amir, all bets could be off. Khan is tougher than he often gets credit for, but he's vulnerable, and everyone knows it.

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