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Diaz Jr. targets Russell, Loma, Santa Cruz, Frampton or Mares

WBN 21/08/2016

Featherweight star Joseph Diaz Jr. is closing in on a world title shot, potentially by the end of 2016, and has the top names in his sights ahead of a return to the fore on September 17.

The 23 year-old, who is undefeated in 21 contests, battles Andrew Cancio on the Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith undercard and knows victory in Texas can put him in the frame to face any of the top stars at 126 pounds.

“This is a big step up and great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and what I’m truly about,” said Diaz Jr.

“I know that 126 lbs. is a stacked division but I want to showcase to everyone September 17 with all the 100,000 people that are going to be at the AT&T Stadium that I can be the next world champion.

“I would like to fight any champion at my weight class. Hopefully I’ll become mandatory for the WBC so I can fight Gary Russell Jr. because I know he is the champion at WBC. But if not, if I become mandatory for any other world titles.

“I’m willing to fight anybody; Vasyl Lomachenko, Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, and Abner Mares. I’m willing to showcase that I can get in the ring with the best and beat the best.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and will go out there to do what I do best,” he added.