Diaz back after 15 months with win

Updated: September 27, 2009, 3:06 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Former lightweight champion David Diaz returned from a 15-month absence to earn a majority decision victory over Jesus Chavez on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old Diaz seemed to take control during the ninth and 10th rounds, likely sealing the victory. Judge Mike Fitzgerald scored the fight 95-95, but Mauro DiFiore and Scott Dexter gave Diaz the decision by scores of 97-93 and 96-94, respectively.

"I was telegraphing my punches," Diaz said about the first few rounds. "We were both telegraphing and both missing."

Diaz, a Chicago native, hadn't been in the ring since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao on June 28, 2008, in Las Vegas. Despite his 15-month absence, Diaz (35-2-1) looked spry through all 10 grueling rounds against Chavez (44-6-0), also a former lightweight champion who grew up in Chicago.

"I never felt that the fight slipped away from me," Chavez said. "I felt it might be some favoritism since we were in Chicago."

Juan Carlos Martinez (17-11-1) won the co-main event against Jose Andres Hernandez (22-5-0) by unanimous decision in a junior lightweight bout.

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