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Former WBC lightweight world champion David “Dangerous” Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs) is definitely at the twilight of his boxing career. American lightweight prospect Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) merely pointed that out with a 6th– round TKO win over the affable ex-Olympian in their recently concluded lightweight showdown in Hammond, Indiana.

Bloodied and battered, Diaz was simply overwhelmed by his more dynamic and sharper opponent. Both men engaged each other but it was Lundy who was getting the better of the trades with his superior accuracy and hand speed. Lundy, however, did not escaped the fight without getting tagged by Diaz’s big rights and was sent to the canvas in the 4th round.

David Diaz needs to call it a career. But he won't.

Diaz also suffered a cut over the his right eye in the same stanza. The cut would then bother Diaz throughout the remainder of the bout. The ringside physician checked the cut twice but would give Diaz his nod to solider on. And after both occasions, Diaz was all guns firing, making most of the opportunities the doctor gave him.

But a straight left by Lundy proved to be the fight ender. Diaz took Lundy’s feinted jab and took the big left right on the chin. The fight came to a halt just 37 seconds into the 6th round.

In a post-fight interview, Diaz said he will fight again. Two more years, he said.

The guy can still fight, as indicated by his recent gutsy performance against Lundy. However, after suffering his third knockout loss in four defeats and dropping three of his last five fights, common sense dictates that there is no way to go for Diaz but down, if he so chooses to still tread the path of a prizefighter.

Looking back, the Chicago, Illinois-based Diaz holds an impressive fight resume. He has victories over the legendary Erik Morales and Jesus Chavez and slugged it out with Manny Pacquiao. As an amateur, he boasts of beating former wold champion Zab Judah for a spot in the 1996 Olympics boxing team.

Photo credits: CBZ Newswire

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.