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Joseph Diaz Jr looking to set up title shot on May 6

The former U.S. Olympian will face fellow unbeaten prospect Manuel Avila.

Gene Blevins - Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr will make his return to the ring on the Canelo-Chavez HBO pay-per-view bill on May 6, facing Manuel “Tino” Avila in a 10-round featherweight fight that will be a proving ground for both young fighters.

Diaz (23-0, 13 KO) spoke at a media workout earlier this week about the fight.

"Fighting on this Canelo vs. Chavez Jr card has been the opportunity of the lifetime for me,” he said. “I have to go out there with millions watching and thousands in attendance, so I have to showcase to everybody that I can be the best and the next superstar in boxing.”

Diaz also knows that facing the also-unbeaten Avila (22-0, 8 KO) means that the winner will be championed by Golden Boy as the next star at featherweight.

"I trained very hard for this fight, so a win over Manuel Avila will put me a step closer or maybe even give me that title shot for either the WBC or WBO belt,” he said. “I know my opponent is an undefeated Golden Boy prospect, so there is a lot at stake for whomever wins this fight, as they will become 'the next big thing' at 126 pounds for Golden Boy Promotions. May the best man win on May 6."

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