Hailing out of Sonora, Mexico, Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, believes that the best boxers in the world are from his country. He is set to challenge reigning The Ring and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”
On August 28, 2018, Diaz and Sor Rungvisai had their face-off during the official “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. The fight night will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018.
“Mexican boxers are the best in the sport,” Diaz declared. “It’s in our blood and I am proud to represent my country here on the global stage. This is without a doubt the biggest fight in my time as a professional.”
Diaz is one of the fastest rising talents in Mexican boxing. Born and raised in a country known for its passionate love for pugilism, he holds a professional boxing record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws with 6 knockouts to his name.
The Sonora native’s most notable victories have come over dangerous former World Champions Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Luis Concepcion. In the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” Diaz will make an attempt to capture the WBC Super Flyweight World Title from Sor Rungvisai.
“This opportunity is a big one for me in my career,” Diaz stated. “I am facing one of the toughest boxers in the world now, pound-for-pound. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is aggressive and strong, but so am I.
Two accomplished Mexican boxers are currently in Diaz’s training camp. Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez, 44, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) Unified and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Flyweight Champion Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada, 28, are helping Diaz prepare for “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”
“I have a great team behind me helping me prepare for this,” Diaz said. “I am coming into the ring in the best shape of my life and I can’t wait to score this huge victory.”
For Diaz, he has enough experience and technical knowledge to deal with Sor Rungvisai’s particular style. The Mexican boxer noted that he has faced very strong opponents in the past and he knows how to deal with adversity. ”
“I am no stranger being the underdog but every time I fight, I win over new fans and I prove that I can hang with the best,” Diaz said. “Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is one of the biggest stars in boxing today, and if I can beat him, it will be great for my career.”
“Right now, I’ll return home to continue sharpening my skills for the big fight,” the Mexican boxer added. “I’m working very hard with my team to score this huge upset. I am ready to shock the world on October 6.”
Also in attendance at the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout were ONE Championship athletes Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai. Here is a teaser of the upcoming event in Bangkok: