Kendal Holt (26-4, 14 KO) and Julio Diaz (38-6, 27 KO) are set to headline the Friday, May 13th edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The 2 rugged former champions looking to become relevant in the crowded 140-pound division, will square off in a scheduled 10-round bout, held at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
After dropping 2 straight in 2009 (TKO5 Rolando Reyes, UD10 Victor Cayo), former lightweight titlist Julio Diaz got his career back on track in 2010, scoring a 10-round unanimous decision victory over former title challenger, Herman Ngoudjo. Diaz followed up with an 8th round TKO victory over Pavel Miranda in January.
Former WBO jr. welterweight titlist Kendal Holt has fought sporadically since losing his title in a 2009 unification bout with Timothy Bradley. After last February’s 6-round TKO loss to Kaizer Mabuza, Holt knocked out club fighter Lenin Arroyo, in January. Arroyo lost 7 straight coming into the fight with Holt.