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Chavez ready for Diaz

Two-time world champion Jesus Chavez has commented on his September 26th fight against former lightweight world champion David Diaz at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Although Chavez grew up in Chicago and was an amateur star there, he has never fought in the WIndy City as a pro. “It means a great deal for me to finally fight in my hometown of Chicago,” said Chavez, now an Austin, Texas resident. “I have a lot of friends and family back home and it’s going to be a special night for me to fight there. I’ve known David since we were kids; we grew up in the amateurs together. There’s a mutual respect for each other but once the bell rings we both have to take care of business. It’s a great fight for the Chicago sports fans.” Chavez, who has had second thoughts after retiring following a TKO loss to Michael Katsidis in April, has been preparing for the bout in Austin with longtime trainer Fernando Castrejon. For Diaz it will be his comeback fight after losing his title to Manny Pacquiao in June 2008.

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