It appears that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is serious about dropping his 4 ouncers for a pair of boxing gloves. Diaz is making an open challenge to the boxing world as he attempts to become a recognized world champion in two dominant fighting sports.
According to Diaz’s camp, the current champions and former champions that have verbally considered obliging him in a boxing match have ranged from former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy to former two-time junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas. Lou Dibella, the promoter of current undisputed middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, has showed significant interest in making a Martinez-Diaz super-fight a possibility.
Diaz’s trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie, says that Diaz will box this year and to not be surprised to see his pupil “pull off the impossible.”
“Nick Diaz will be boxing in 2011 and we want the biggest names the boxing world has to offer,” said Gracie. “Nick is more than ready for the challenge and it’s the type of fight that will really garner some huge interest amongst the public. For the boxing guys who say that Nick has no shot against any of their guys… I say don’t be surprised when Nick pulls off the impossible.”
Diaz’s boxing promoter, Don Chargin, said that he his actively pursuing a fight for Diaz for the Fall.
“It’s the type of match-up that will undoubtedly shake-up both the MMA and boxing world for years to come when Nick Diaz steps into the ring,” said Chargin. “Nick is the first MMA fighter that I’ve seen throw punches like a boxer. That’s what got my attention when I decided to sign him. Diaz can make the cross-over to boxing.”