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Diaz back after 15 months with win

9/27/2009 - Boxing

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.