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Juan Diaz out for 6 months

Juan Diaz tore his rotator cuff during a sparring session, nixing his upcoming bout and putting him on the sidelines for the next 6 months.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Juan "The Baby Bull" Diaz will be undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff he suffered in a recent sparring session. Diaz was preparing for a May 1st fight against Takahiro Ao, a bout that would have determined the next titleholder for Terence Crawford's belt, a title he will vacate prior to his meeting with Thomas Dulorme.

Brian Caldwell (Diaz's manager) has this to say about the incident:

"Juan was sparring with a southpaw and he threw the shot and winced in pain," Caldwell said. "He kept going for the rest of the round but when he came back to the corner he said he hurt his shoulder.

"We did conditioning work the next day and the shoulder was still giving him problems, so he went to the doctor the next day. He ended up seeing three doctors and all three concluded that, after looking at the MRI, he needs surgery. They said his rotator cuff is attached by a thread so it was inevitable that he would have had a complete tear if he continued to use it without getting surgery."

"Juan is pretty bummed out but he's really optimistic. His thoughts are, 'Let's have the surgery and recover and get back on track.' He is definitely not giving up the dream of getting another world title.

"So he'll be out for about six months. It's too bad because the fight [with Ao] was a winnable fight. Tell Beltran and Ao that in six to eight months we're coming for that title."

Carl Moretti of Top Rank also offered his thoughts on the injury:

"I feel bad for Juan because of the effort and time he has put into his comeback. Everything was on track for him to get another world title," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Diaz promoter Top Rank. "He had really put in the work to get back to the level of being able to fight for a world title again."

Best wishes to Diaz, hopefully he'll have a speedy recovery and another world title shot soon enough.

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