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Mason Menard replaces Juan Diaz against Ray Beltran

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz has withdrawn from his planned appearance on HBO’s December 10th Terence Crawford-John Molina Jr. card, citing injury. Louisiana prospect Mason Menard has agreed to take his place against former title challenger Ray Beltran.

"Rock Hard Mighty" Menard (32-1, 24 KO) has not lost since his third pro bout. 2016 has been something of a breakout year for him thanks to a stunning one-punch knockout of Eudy Bernardo and subsequent thrashing of Bahodir Mamadjonov, both on ShoBox.

The addition of Menard turns what was a moderately-interesting bout between aging veterans into an intriguing crossroads fight. Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KO) has had a rough go of things since being robbed against Ricky Burns in 2013. He was soundly beaten by Terence Crawford in 2014, had a shot at the vacant WBO title nullified by missing weight and then failing a drug test after knocking out Takahiro Ao, and has spent 2016 in uninteresting eight-rounders.

HBO will also show the fight between Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr. on tape delay.

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