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Thurman-Diaz final presser

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / GBP

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / GBP

On Thursday afternoon, Keith Thurman and Julio Diaz met in Los Angeles for the final press conference before Saturday night’s match-up at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif.

The undercard will feature Lucas Matthysse taking on John Molina, while lightweight titlist Omar Figuera defends his belt against Jerry Belmontes.

“Julio has been giving some stiff competition. They call him ‘The Kidd’ because he keeps performing despite his age. He is coming to win, to find those holes and show us young fighters what he knows. I look forward to an excellent fight,” said Thurman.

Saturday’s fight is Thurman’s first in 2014, having gone 3-0 in 2013 with wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Diego Chaves and Jan Zaveck.

“My motto is KOs for life. I’m going to do it again. To me the judges have the best seat in the house. This is a terrific card. Heavy hitters across the board. Just come and enjoy the show.”

Diaz meanwhile, is coming off of consecutive losses to Amir Khan and Shawn Porter, though many felt he deserved the nod against Khan, and the Porter fight was a rematch from their 2012 bout which ended in a draw.

“This is a tough opportunity, a dangerous opportunity. I’m facing a dangerous, tough fighter, but he’s not unbeatable,” proclaimed Diaz. “I take my job seriously. It’s going to be a tough fight but I guarantee you it’ll be an exciting fight.”

MatthysseMolinaPC_HogaphotosAs for the co-featured bout, Matthysse will be looking to get back on track, following a decision loss to Danny Garcia in his previous bout, and is eyeing another world title fight should he come out victorious.

“I’m very happy to be here. I want to thank Golden Boy, my promoter, and everyone involved for this fight,” said Matthysse. “I just want to say I am ready to go and glad to be back. I know what Molina brings to the table. This will be a great fight. Get ready for an explosion, an exciting fight on Saturday.”

Added John Molina, “I’m going to bring my A-Game, he’s going to bring his A-Game. There isn’t going to be a whole lot of running, just setting down in front of each other and exchanging. Matthysse gives a lot when he hits, and he takes a lot when he gets hit.

“I’m a slow starter, but he’s a notoriously slow starter, too. I definitely plan to go in and gain some respect right off the bat. But when the eggs start to roll, that’s when the real action kicks in.”

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