Joseph Diaz Jr.


One of the most talented members of the 2012 United States Olympic team, El Monte, California’s Joseph Diaz Jr. made his long awaited professional debut against Vicente Alfaro on December 15, 2012 at the LA Sports Arena, winning via unanimous four round decision.
 
For his local fans, it was a chance to see the talented and humble young man they’ve watched grow up in the ring over the years begin his journey to the top as a pro, and as far as boxing insiders are concerned, Diaz is a solid pick to one day wear a world championship belt around his waist.
 
A longtime baseball fan, Diaz nonetheless gave up playing on the diamond to take up boxing at the age of 10 in order to learn how to defend himself. With his father coaching him every step of the way, Diaz fell in love with the sport and began wowing observers with his ability between the ropes.
 
What followed was over 100 wins as an amateur that included two national championships and a berth on the 2012 Olympic team. In the London Games, Diaz decisioned Ukrainian Pavlo Ishchenko before losing a close 21-15 bout to Cuban world champ Lazaro Alvarez. And with that strong showing behind him, he was ready to pursue greatness in the pro game, beginning with his win over Alfaro.
 
On February 2, 2013, Diaz won his second professional bout, earning his first knockout when he halted Jose Ruiz in two rounds, and two more victories over Alberto Cupido (W6) and Eric Gotay (TKO3) have followed in rapid succession.