Diaz, Hunter, Breazeale fall on rough day for American boxers
LONDON -- Three thoughts from a rough day for USA Boxing on Wednesday:
"I was trying to put constant pressure on him and tried to make him tired," Diaz said. "It worked, he got tired. Unfortunately I didn't get the W."
The U.S. coaches were frustrated with the scoring after the fight, believing the judges didn't give Diaz -- admittedly the less active fighter -- more credit for landing the cleaner shots.
"I thought the scoring should have been closer," he said. "I felt like I was blocking a lot of shots. My head was moving but my guard was up at all times. The judges didn't see that unfortunately. But hands down, Lazar is a really great fighter. He's a really good boxer and a great puncher. It just wasn't my day."
Diaz says he will turn professional, campaigning as a bantamweight. Industry sources say Diaz is headed for Golden Boy Promotions.
Afterwards, Hunter placed some of the blame on a head cold, which he said caused his legs to tire a little faster than usual.
"He was the better man," Hunter said. "My legs got fatigued early and I wasn't able to stay on the outside like I wanted to. My foot placement wasn't there. I wasn't able to turn like I wanted to. That's the name of the sport."
Hunter says his biggest disappointment is not being able to live up to the promise he made to his late father, former fringe heavyweight contender Mike "The Bounty" Hunter, before he passed away in 2006.
"I failed that mission," Hunter said. "But I just have to keep it moving."
"I was in with an experienced guy," Breazeale said. "It definitely showed tonight. I was trying to stay away from his lead hand; he has a great right hook, and I couldn't do it. In the middle of the bout you can't second guess yourself, and I was doing a lot of that."