Luis Concepcion vs Iran Diaz
BY KID HERSH
Luis Concepcion (36-5, 25KO's) vs Iran Diaz (12-2-2, 5KO's). In the first round DIaz got a rare break from the action for no reason in the rules when he had trouble with his ankle and appeared to go down for an instant. Must have been a momentary muscle issue though because action resumed in short order. The first round was Concepcion pressing forward and slipping nearly everything Diaz was throwing at him. Concepcion was mixing it up with his offense going to both the body and the head but not putting any power on his shots. In the second round Diaz mounted more of an offense as he boxed Concepcion instead of allowing himself to be pushed around the ring like he was in the first round. Diaz was landing sharp and accurate shots on his man and doing a good job of keeping the distance that benefitted him instead of El Nica. In the third round the action slowed just a bit after Diaz went down from an accidental low blow that he took a few minutes to recoup from. Concepcion really was not throwing many punches. Sure he was still pressuring but his punch output was low. The action heated back up in the fourth round as Diaz was out throwing and out landing El Nica, who seemed very stationary - standing straight upright while not protecting his head well. The mid rounds started to blend together in a bit of a lull as Diaz was moving around the ring and looking to box while El Nica was pressuring but showing a leaky defense and an offense that he had to lunge with to land - which took the power off of his shots. In the eighth round Diaz would again go to the canvas but not from punches as it appeared he took an accidental head butt but acted very odd as he went into a corner and sat down with his legs crossed staring at the ring post. He took a whopping three minutes to recover before the fight resumed but the fight would be stopped numerous more times for things such as tape as well as things such as a giant question mark - due to Diaz complaining but it could not be determined about what. This seemed to finally light a bit of a fire under Concepcion and he had his best rounds of the fight down the stretch as it looked like he hurt Diaz with meaningful punches that caused Diaz to get on his wheels and get away from Concepcion in the ninth round in particular. In the tenth round Diaz put it all on the line though and won the round with his output and surprisingly heavy hands that rocked Concepcion. The cards came in a surprise upset via UD win for Diaz. One has to wonder if Concepcion is well past his best days or if this was just an off night for him. His punches lacked power and his defense was almost non-existent at times as he came forward with his hands down and was in the pocket against a bigger man with no guard also many other times. Very sloppy work for the former world champion.