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Thirty four year old former lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29 knockouts) has hung up his gloves following last Saturday's stoppage defeat to the rising Kith Thurman. Diaz took a left hook high on his temple and suffered a delayed reaction knockdown in the second. He retired on his stool after a body shot injured his ribcage.

Diaz had been relegated to a gate keeper in the welterweight decision but held his own against some of the top contenders. In 2012, he held current IBF champion Shawn Porter to a controversial draw. Last April, he nearly bombed out Amir Khan but lost a close decision.

"To those of you who truly wish me well... I'm sorry I couldn't come through," Diaz said. "But a rib injury is no joke when you can't breath. I've fought my heart out for 25 years but we gotta know when to accept defeat. Thank you once again to those who appreciated my skills and effort all these years. Olympic trials, two world titles and great experiences was all worth it. I think it's time to move on and make room for the new up and comers. Our valley has great talent still and let's give them the same support I've received through out my career. Thank you again and god bless."

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