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From Aguacalientes, Mexico now calling Palmdale, Calif. home, Cesar Diaz is a decorated amateur with an overall record of 104-11.
Cesar Diaz had a choice to make when he was nine years old. A native of Aguascalientes, Mexico who settled with his family in Palmdale, California, Diaz was told by his parents that he wasn’t going to sit around the house after school. He was going to have to pick a sport. His choices were boxing or karate, with both gyms located on the same street.
After a week in the boxing gym, Diaz was sold. He found his first love in the boxing ring and hasn’t turned back since.
The newest member of the Golden Boy Promotions team he signed with in 2016, Diaz will make his professional debut after a stellar amateur career that began within the first month of him walking through the doors of the gym.
He lost his first fight, as the nerves common to all fighters hit the youngster hard, but from there, he began to show the potential that have many believing he can be a world champion one day.
Owner of a 104-11 amateur record, Diaz won the 2012 Silver Gloves National Championship, the 2015 Adidas National PAL title, The Desert Showdown in 2009, 2013 and 2015, and several other tournaments. Among the fighters he defeated were 2016 United States Olympians Shakur Stevenson and Carlos Balderas, as well as Danny Gonzalez.
In 2013, Diaz went to the Junior Olympic regionals and was champion in his weight class, but due to his citizenship, he could not move on to the nationals. Undeterred, Diaz continued to fight, win and impress, earning him a USA Boxing number three ranking in the 123-pound weight class. And as his amateur career closes, he will enter the pro game after compiling a 29-0 amateur record that has seen him go unbeaten since 2013.
Looks like Cesar Diaz made the right choice all those years ago.