Joseph Diaz, Jr. who resides in El Monte, California, lost 21- 15 in the London Olympics against the 2011 World Amateur champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada of Cuba.
Though, it must be noted that many boxing insiders are stating that the judges got the wrong score in this fight and Diaz should have been deemed the winner. After viewing the fight, it seemed Diaz was able to apply pressure to the Cuban champion and score clear punches throughout the fight. Yet, the judges obviously did not see it that way and gave the victory to Alvarez, which eliminated Diaz from the Olympics.
As a result, many are calling into question the scoring system in the boxing Olympics and there has been much controversy as to whether the new style of scoring is effective.
Nevertheless, it seems that Diaz will have a strong professional career when he returns to the United States and will surely have some significant fight opportunities within the bantamweight division. After the loss, Diaz stated that he would like to return to the U.S. and train in order to contend for a world title.
Subsequently, it should be interesting to see which promoter is able to sign Diaz as he will surely be a marketable fighter. With promoters such as Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank, and TMT, Diaz, age 19, should have many options to select the best deal for himself both professional and monetarily.
Furthermore, Diaz should look to sign with a promotional team that has a strong stable of fighters within his weight class, the bantamweight division. In the end, the boxing world should expect to see Diaz on U.S. television as a highly regarded prospect within the lower weight classes as he represented his country well in these 2012 London Olympics.
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