Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz will return to the ring Sept. 26 for his first bout since losing his belt last year to Manny Pacquiao.
Diaz (34-2-1, 17 knockouts), of Chicago, will face former two-time world champ Jesus Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion.
Diaz, a 1996 U.S Olympian, suffered a brutal ninth-round technical knockout at the hands of Pacquiao on June 28, 2008. The 33-year-old was hoping for a fight earlier this year, but he injured a knee ligament.
Chavez was born in Mexico but moved to Chicago at age 5. His struggles, including a conviction on armed robbery and subsequent deportation, have been well-chronicled.
His last bout was an eighth-round TKO loss to Michael Katsidis on April 4. Chavez now fights out of Austin, Texas.