SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (August 1, 2023) – Yesterday, Puerto Rico’s Oscar “El Pupilo” Collazo (7-0, 5 KOs) hosted a press conference ahead of his historic WBO Mini Flyweight World Championship defense against Garen “Hellboy” Diagan (10-3, 5 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines on Saturday, August 26. Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN will take place at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan and is presented in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions. The DAZN broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.
The stacked undercard was also announced at the press conference. In the co-main event and in another classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico fight, NABF super flyweight champion Juan Carlos «El Indio» Camacho Jr. (15-1, 7KOs) will face Guadalajara, Mexico’s Jorge Orozco (17-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout at 115 pounds.
Former WBO 108-pound world champion Angel «Tito» Acosta is back in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBO International Flyweight Championship against a soon-to-be-announced opponent. In an undefeated duel, the top prospect from the Dominican Republic Yan Carlos “Dangerous” Santana (8-0, 8 KOs) will face a tough test against the hard-hitting Puerto Rican Jostin Ortíz (4-0, 3 KOs) of Vega Alta in a six-round fight in the featherweight division.
From Chihuahua, Mexico and training out of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico Yair «Manotas» Gallardo (4-0, 4 KOs) will face Wichita, Kansas’ Kevin Johnson (3-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout in the cruiserweight division. From Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Yariel Santiago (7-0, 2 KOs) looks to prove that he is the most important lightweight in Puerto Rico when he meets José Del Valle (5-11- 3,1 KO) in a six-round fight at 135 pounds.
Jean Pagán, the son of veteran Olympic coach Luis ‘Jim’ Pagán, will make his debut as a professional before all his people in San Juan. José Díaz of Barranquitas and cousin of the great mountain fighter ‘Pitufo’ Díaz will also debut in a four-round fight at 130 pounds. Opponents for both will be announced soon.
Here is what yesterday’s participants had to say:
OSCAR «EL PUPILO» COLLAZO, WBO MINI FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
“I feel very happy and grateful for the support of my companies Miguel Cotto Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN for giving me the opportunity to fight here at home in front of all my people. It fills me with pride to showcase in Puerto Rico, I feel ready and prepared for this challenge, we have never lowered the intensity and we know that we will put up a great fight and defend our title.»
HECTOR SOTO, PRESIDENT OF MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS
“We are very happy to present boxing fans in Puerto Rico with a world championship event and that they can see it live worldwide on DAZN. Without a doubt Oscar Collazo is the face of boxing in Puerto Rico and this is demonstrated by the simple fact that the most important digital boxing platform in the world comes to Puerto Rico to showcase Collazo as a main event that with 7 fights as a professional and a World Championship in his record, is one of DAZN’s attractions for their subscribers. This event on August 26 will be one with a lot of action, all the fights are of quality, and they are very hot where anything can happen.»