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Felix Diaz steps in against Sammy Vasquez Jr. on Wilder-Arreola undercard

Diaz was originally slated to headline a PBC on FOX card four days prior.

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

Originally booked to face the capable-but-fading Luis Collazo, rising prospect Sammy Vasquez Jr. will instead face a stiffer test in former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz on July 16th’s Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola card.

Collazo reportedly suffered a calf injury, prompting the transplant of Diaz from his July 12th PBC on FOX headliner opposite poorly-disguised werewolf Levan Ghvamichava.

Diaz (17-1, 8 KO) had seemingly stalled out as a professional before his October bout with Lamont Peterson, only to give the former IBF champion everything he could handle en route to a questionable loss. He’s undoubtedly the stiffest test to date for Vasquez (21-0, 15 KO), who was last seen routing PBCinderella story Aron Martinez in January.

Birmingham will also host a rematch between Gerald Washington and Amir Mansour, plus the latest appearances of top prospect Erickson Lubin and rising welterweight Jamal James. And also Vic Darchinyan, for the sadists among you.

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