MTK Global continue to make moves into the American market, having recently signed middleweight prospect Lorenzo Simpson to an advisory deal, and then signing teenage prospect Jonathan Lopez.
But their biggest move yet has been announced today, as they have inked IBF junior lightweight titleholder Joseph Diaz Jr to another advisory deal.
Diaz, 27, beat Tevin Farmer to win the IBF belt on Jan. 30 in Miami, and does currently owe Farmer a contractually obligated rematch, but he and his team have also explored other potential ideas, though Farmer is insistent he won’t step aside. But nobody’s really done much of anything for months, so we’ll see.
Diaz (31-1, 15 KO) is right in the prime of his career, and the former U.S. Olympian makes for a nice addition to MTK’s stable, even just in an advisory deal.
“I’m very excited to announce that MTK Global and I are now working together,” Diaz said. “As a professional athlete it is very crucial to have a team looking out for my best interests, and I am proud to have MTK a part of it, with now being the most important time of my career.
“MTK has done a great job with some big names in the boxing world and as a champion it is essential to maximize opportunities both inside and outside the ring.”
“His amazing record speaks for itself and he’s one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world, so to have him sign with MTK Global is a massive statement of intent in terms of our expansion into America,” said MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen.
“He’s already won world titles at two weights and currently holds the IBF junior lightweight belt, and we’re determined to help him build on that great success. His action-packed style means he is guaranteed to provide fireworks every time he steps through the ropes, and we’re proud to see how his amazing career unfolds.”
Editorially, we do have to note that Diaz is absolutely not a two-weight champion. He did fight for the WBA’s secondary “world” featherweight title in 2018, and he beat Jesus Rojas, but he also missed weight and the title was not on the line for Diaz in that fight. In his more legitimate world title shot at 126 pounds, he lost to Gary Russell Jr in a WBC title fight, also in 2018. Diaz’s IBF title win in January was his first world title.