The International Boxing Hall of Famer Don Chargin has announced the recent signing of Strikeforce fighter Nick Diaz. Diaz has inked a deal with Chargin in a goal to re-enter the world of professional boxing, but let us remind you that it will not affect his contractual obligations with Strikeforce.
Diaz made his first boxing appearance back in April of 2005 where he defeated Alfonso Rocha via a unanimous decision after 4 rounds. He has not fought since, but plans to make a return after the recent fight deal he made with Chargin. He is currently being trained by Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist Andre Ward and the former WBA and WBC World Champion, Luisito Espinosa.
Diaz was scheduled to fight Jay Hieron this Saturday at the Strikeforce ‘Carano vs. Cyborg’ event, but failed to appear to his pre-fight drug testing two times. He was scratched off of the fight card was replaced by Jesse Taylor.
From Boxing matchmaker and promoter Don Chargin (props to BoxingScene.com):
“I know the signing of a mixed martial arts fighter might be considered controversial by many boxing fans across the world. When the subject of mixed martial arts versus boxing arises, it always comes down to the boxer winning a boxing match easily and vice versa for MMA. However, after having seen the replays of Diaz’s fights over the course of his career, I truly believe that this kid has what it takes to really make for some very entertaining fights within boxing.”