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Newz Forum: BOXING: Juarez, Diaz to Headline Title Card

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posted on May, 27 2004 @ 09:37 AM
Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez will take a step up in class when he meets unbeaten Zahir Raheem on July 17 in a featherweight elimination fight.

The fight is part of a card that also includes Houston lightweight Juan Diaz going after his first professional world title against WBA lightweight champion Lakva Sim in a scheduled 12-round bout. The card will be televised on HBO.

Juarez is unbeaten in 20 fights since turning pro after winning a silver medal in Sydney, while Raheem is 25-0 and has knocked out five of his last six opponents. The fight is an elimination bout for the IBF No. 1 ranking.

Diaz (24-0, 12 knockouts) has stopped five of his last seven opponents, including a win in the second round April 17 against Martin O'Malley in a nationally televised fight. Sim (19-3-1, 16 knockouts) won the WBA 135-pound title April 10 by stopping Miguel Callist in the fifth round.

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