Unbeaten featherweight to face 'Butcher' | NW Briefs
Undefeated featherweight Joel Diaz will face veteran Emmanuel "The Butcher" Lucero in the 10-round main event at "Battle at the Boat 87"...
Undefeated featherweight Joel Diaz will face veteran Emmanuel "The Butcher" Lucero in the 10-round main event at "Battle at the Boat 87" Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
Diaz, a 20-year-old from Palmdale, Calif., is 9-0 with eight knockouts. Lucero (26-10-1, 14 KOs) has lost his past four fights, all against unbeaten fighters. The past three losses have gone the distance.
Lucero has fought 213 professional rounds, compared to 22 for Diaz.
"Lucero is a fearless fighter who's proven time and time again that he's willing to face anybody," said promoter Brian Halquist.
Lucero's most famous opponent is Manny Pacquiao, who stopped Lucero in the third round in 2003.
Appearing in separate undercard fights are Nate Serrano, Sarah Pucek, Marcellno Pindeda, Josh Hewson and Jesus Partida. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first fight scheduled for 7. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Ticketmaster or the Emerald Queen box office.
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From sports-information reports.