Felix Diaz has plans to stay busy in December at home in the Dominican Republic, but his promoter Lou DiBella says that they’re open to something bigger: an HBO date with Terence “Bud” Crawford, whom the network is trying to get into a fight to replace the delayed Golovkin-Jacobs matchup.
Diaz (18-1, 8 KO) is coming off of a big win over previously-unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr, and his lone loss was a controversial decision against Lamont Peterson in 2015. The 32-year-old won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has finally gotten on track as a professional in these last two outings.
Crawford (29-0, 20 KO) is coming off of a fantastic and largely one-sided win over Viktor Postol, who was (and still could be) considered the No. 2 fighter at 140 pounds. Crawford, 29, is one of the sport’s top rising talents, but his star power is still debatable. The Postol fight was unfortunately broadcast as a pay-per-view out of HBO budget necessity, and was a flop even with very modest expectations, at around 50,000 buys, and that may be a promoter exaggeration.
DiBella says that working with Top Rank would be no problem, as they could have whatever conditions they’d require “within reason,” including a rematch clause and normal things of that nature.
If this fight were to happen, do you think Diaz could give Crawford some trouble, or is “Bud” simply on another level?