After controversy, heated conversations and negotiations were settled, former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi met face-to-face yesterday to announce the December 12 rematch of their exciting August 22 bout. Diaz and Malignaggi will square off on neutral ground at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in 12 round junior welterweight bout that will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
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JUAN DIAZ, Former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion
“I’m very excited to be here in Chicago…all the people here treat me like I’m a real Chicago resident. I decided I liked it so much, I may adopt it as my second hometown.” (Diaz then held up a Chicago Bears jersey.)
“I’m not going to dwell on the past. The past is the past. This time around, it’s a different city and a new and different game plan.”
“To be honest, fighting Paulie after coming off fighting Future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez, I was not taking Paulie seriously and thought it was just another fight.”
“This time, it’s personal, and on December 12, the whole world will feel my anger.”
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, Former Junior Welterweight World Champion
“I’m excited to be in Chicago, this city has produced great boxers and great boxing fans.”
“I’m really happy I got the rematch…I made enough of a stink after the first fight to help get me the rematch.”
“The reason this fight is so great is the boxing styles. Juan is a pressure fighter and I’m a defensive boxer, so it makes for a great show where you sit back and wait to see who can execute their game plan better.”
“We are going to clear everything up on December 12.”
DAVID ITSKOWITCH, COO of Golden Boy Promotions
“The fight in August was hotly contested and some times called controversial.”
“Now, you have one guy trying to right a perceived wrong and one guy trying to put an exclamation point on something he already knows.”
“When you have a fight like that, it brings the best out in both fighters.”
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment
“With an Italian-American and a Mexican-American fighting on the card, you have a recipe for a great night of boxing in Chicago.”
“I know after the first fight I said some things to Juan that were in appropriate because he is a good guy, but I wanted to do everything in my power to get my guy the rematch.”
“Whatever you think about the first fight, it is clear it was a competitive fight and we know it’s going to be again.”
WILLIE SAVANNAH, Manager of Juan Diaz
“Juan and Paulie put on the fight of their lives in August and you can expect the same in December.”
“Juan is in tremendous condition and he honestly looks the best that he ever has.”
DOMINIC PESOLI, President of 8 Count Productions
“Chicago is a great boxing market and we are excited to have a big HBO card like this here for all the great boxing fans.”
“The prices are very reasonable, so you won’t want to miss out on this fight.
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“By Popular Demand”: Diaz vs. Malignaggi II features former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz taking on former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in a 12 round junior welterweight rematch of their controversial August 22, 2009 bout. The co-main event will feature a junior welterweight showdown between top contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and former world title challenger Antonio Diaz. The bouts will air live on HBO.
A full undercard will be announced shortly.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 am CT. They are reasonably priced at $251, $156, $86, $51 and $31 and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-312-226-5800, toll free at 1-800-745-3000 and at the UIC Pavilion Box Office (open Thursday and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm CT).