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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Juan Diaz back after 32-month layoff

By Salvador Rodriguez

Juan Diaz, a former unified lightweight champion, will dust off his boxing gloves Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a 32-month absence to fight Pipino Cuevas Jr., son of the legendary Mexican fighter.

Diaz (35-4, 17 KO), 29, will be trying to get back into the win column after losing his most recent fight, a July 2010 decision to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cuevas (16-9, 14 KO), 33, hasn't had much recent luck in the ring himself. After trying to establish himself as a mixed martial arts fighter early in his career, he turned to boxing at age 25 and won his first 11 fights. Since losing to Jorge Luis Lopez in 2007, he has lost eight of 14 bouts.

Diaz, who finished school in 2010 and runs a transportation company in the U.S., is looking for another title shot -- probably as a junior welterweight.