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DiBella hoping to land Terence Crawford fight for Felix Diaz

Lou DiBella says he’d work with Top Rank for an interesting December showdown.

PBC on NBC: Lamont Peterson v Felix Diaz Jr. - Media Workouts Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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?

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