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Julio Diaz plots Thurman KO

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When former world champion Julio Diaz faces Keith Thurman for his Interim WBA Welterweight title on April 26, he insists he will have to go into the fight looking for the knockout.

It would be a major upset if Thurman were to lose to Diaz at the StubHub Center in California. The undefeated fighter has built quite the reputation since he turned professional seven years ago and has won by knockout himself on 20 occasions in 22 total match-ups.

But that doesn't bother the former IBF Lightweight champion Diaz, who despite having lost his last two bouts against Shawn Porter and Amir Khan, will go into this fight looking to knock Thurman to the floor.

"This is a big opportunity for me to face a fighter that is feared by many, but not by me," said Diaz.

"I have been in the ring with far more dangerous and experienced fighters in the past, and everyone knows that I come to fight. My previous opponent Khan and Porter will tell you that.

"I'm not looking for a decision, I think that with a puncher like Thurman, and with the way that I punch and the combinations that I have, this fight will not go to a decision."

Diaz felt he deserved the decision when he faced Khan, consistently landing big left-hooks on the Brit and knocking him to the canvas in round four, but he couldn't get the knockout and it wasn't enough to convince the judges he deserved the victory.

The 34-year-old certainly has the power and the skills to cause Thurman problems, providing he’s able to land his shots, but it’s going to be difficult due to the American's power and speed.

But Diaz, who has trained alongside former WBO Welterweight title holder Tim Bradley in preparation for this fight, knows exactly what he has to do in order to beat him.

"As you saw with Shawn Porter, I was just looking for one punch the second time," added Diaz.

"I have to keep my head this time against Thurman. In this case, we're going to work round-by-round and sort of break down Keith and try to get him where I want him to be, and then be able to finish off the fight."

In Thurman's last bout he scored impressive knockdowns in round five and nine before claiming a technical stoppage victory over Jesus Soto Karass in December.

In his previous fight when he won his WBA title, last July, he scored a tenth round knockout against the previously unbeaten Argentine Diego Chaves, whom he dropped in the ninth and final round.

The 25-year-old phenomenon has won 12 bouts in two rounds or less, and is aptly nicknamed 'One Time', as it would appear it only takes one clean punch to send his opponents to the deck.

Thurman is sure of claiming a victory when he battles it out with Diaz - a fight that could put him in a position for a shot at the WBA Welterweight title - but the heavy hitter won't be taking the Mexican lightly.

“I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him,” he said.

“He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”

Their title fight is set to feature on a stacked card of boxing during the Golden Boy Promotions show that will be aired live in the UK on BoxNation on April 26.

It includes Argentine Lucas Matthysse facing John Malina for the vacant WBC Continental Americas light-welterweight championship, and Omar Figueroa against Jerry Belmontes for the WBC Lightweight title.

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