Diego Pacheco: The Middleweight Giant
By George Priestman
After a glistening amateur career, which saw serious hype circulate around Diego Pacheco, he has drawn major attention from the boxing world.
When he turned pro in 2018, he was subject to offers from all major promoters around the world but agreed to sign with signing with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn.
Currently, the American-born fighter is still only and has built up a succession of wins in first year as a pro. Slowly starting to feature on more and more boxing cards, many are backing this fighter to go all the way to the top.
Pacheco began boxing aged 10 and through his amateur career, he fought with dual membership on the U.S. and Mexican national teams. His amateur career has boasted over 75 fights where he was eight-time national champion.
Boasting wins all over America in different competitions, he even travelled to the World Championships in 2018 in Budapest, Hungary where he came fifth place. Last year, he was the top-rated amateur middleweight in the U.S. and Mexico.
His senior amateur career was short with only seven fights, winning four and losing three. However, many believe he has a game more suited to that of the professional game.
After turning pro in 2018, he has fought eight times winning all eight with seven wins coming by way of knockout. Perhaps proving that particular claim. He is being carefully managed by promoter Eddie Hearn who understands the game and the route that fighters must take. He most recently featured on the Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr undercard in Saudi Arabia as part of the ‘Clash of the Dunes’ event. As he showcased his punching power to knockout Selemani Saidi in the first round.
Standing at 6’4, he is certainly gifted physically as his superior height and reach will cause serious problems for many at middleweight and super-middleweight. Also boasting a 79’ inch reach, he uses that to good effect as his incredible fast hands and stiff jab have been keeping opponents at bay as he can easily control the distance.
He was described by commentators on the Joshua Ruiz undercard on Sky Sport Box Office as someone who has ‘an old head on young shoulders’ Claiming he is a patient fighter and showed that he doesn’t waste his punches or get too excited when he hurts an opponent.
So far, he has been very measured coming through very easy tests as he looks to build up his experience under the careful eye of his manager Tim VanNewhouse and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
With no fight scheduled as of yet, we will wait patiently for his ninth professional bout, but the future is certainly bright for the youthful, aggressive giant who could, one day, take over the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions.