• Amir Khan v Julio Diaz

Diaz: I'm going for Khan

ESPN staff
April 5, 2013
Julio Diaz believes victory over Amir Khan could revive his career © PA Photos

Julio Diaz has warned Amir Khan that he should not be underestimated ahead of their bout in Sheffield on April 27.

Khan will be fighting on British soil for the first time in two years, following four consecutive fights in the US, but his Mexican opponent Diaz has issued that it will be not be plain-sailing when the pair meet at the Motorpoint Arena.

"I'm looking forward to it and very excited," he told Sky Sports. "They think it's a safe fight, for him [Khan] to come back and rebuild his career and his confidence.

"He took on Carlos Molina in his last fight, a very small guy with no power, a very straight-forward type of guy.

"He made Amir Khan look good. I'm not Carlos Molina, I'm a veteran, experienced and a very strong puncher. If they chose me for Amir to look great in his home town I think it's the worst mistake they made."

Despite suffering seven losses on his record, 33-year-old Diaz is confident that he can get his career back on track and insists the fight against Khan could prove to be a starting point for revival.

"I'm coming to fight, I'm trying to rebuild my own career. I'm not just happy to be there, I'm going for Amir Khan," Diaz said.

"I'm going to the UK for a victory and I will get that knockout. This is a big opportunity for me so I'm training like never before to make sure everything is right. My head is clear, my personal life is good and this is a great time for me to be fighting.

"Amir Khan is going to get the best Julio Diaz you've ever seen. If Amir beats me, I give him all the credit in the world. I have no excuses."

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