Diaz beats Frenchman to retain WBA title

5th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov 4 (AFP) - American Juan Diaz retained the World Boxing Association lightweight title here Thursday, remaining undefeated with a 12-round unanimous decision over former two-time champion Julien Lorcy of France.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov 4 (AFP) - American Juan Diaz retained the World Boxing Association lightweight title here Thursday, remaining undefeated with a 12-round unanimous decision over former two-time champion Julien Lorcy of France.

Diaz made his first defence of the title he won from Mongolian hardman Lavka Sim in Houston on July 17.

Two judges scored it 118-110 while the third made it 119-109 for Diaz, who improved to 26-0 with 12 wins inside the distance.

Lorcy, 32, fell to 56-4, with 40 wins inside the distance.

At 21, Diaz is the youngest active world champion, and as against Sim, he was up against a battle-hardened veteran.

Lorcy, who twice owned the WBA lightweight title - in 1999 and 2001 - refused to bow to Diaz's youthful pressure. Despite swelling around his right eye from round three on, the counter-punching Lorcy kept the rounds close.

"I was surprised," admitted Diaz. "I thought he was going to back up all night on me. He stayed in there.

"It just shows even though a guy's 32 years old, it doesn't mean they don't have nothing."

Indeed, even though Lorcy won't depart from Texas with a title, he kept alive his record of never being knocked out in 62 fights.

Diaz concentrated on the body and often was at his best late in rounds. With his straight-ahead style, Diaz effectively used his jab for much of the night.

"My biggest key was my jab," Diaz said. "Lorcy is a tremendous fighter. That's why he's a two-time champ."

In a fight that featured plenty of action, Lorcy and Diaz each threw more than 100 punches in a frantic 12th round that had the crowd on its feet.

Lorcy is the second resident of France to seek a world title in Texas in the past six years. Patrick Charpentier failed in a bid to dethrone then-champion Oscar De La Hoya in a fight at El Paso in 1998.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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