Prospect Watch: Diego Pacheco Closes the Year on Ruiz v Joshua Undercard

By Jon Uddin

Busy, busy, busy.

2019 has been a very active year for 18 year old middleweight prospect 🇺🇸Diego Pacheco (7-0-0, 6KO👊) who has already cleared six fights this year.

Saturday night the eight time amateur national champion’s seventh bout of the year will be against 31 year old 🇹🇿Selemani Saidi (20-15-5, 15KO👊) of Tanzania, taking place on the heavyweight blockbuster rematch between unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua from the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

In December of 2018, the Los Angeles based Pachecho traveled to Tijuana, Mexico for his first pro fight which ended in a first round knockout win. He opened this year with a four round unanimous decision win, but has stopped the last five opponents he has faced since then, including a fourth round knockout over Aaron Casper in his last outing that took place in early November. To get specific on Pachecho’s activity level, he hasn’t had longer than two months between any of his fights, and in reality this upcoming bout will actually be his eighth in under a year.

Pachecho, who stands 6’4″ with a 79″ reach will look to close the year out with an impressive performance against Saidi who fluctuates from middle to light heavyweight. Saidi stands 6’0 with a 73″ reach and has lost three out of his last four bouts including his last outing in April, where he dropped an eight round unanimous decision in Tanzania. Fighting on this card will allow Pachecho to put his skills on display, including an offense built around a jab that works in tandem with a strong right hand. He appears to have a good sense of distance in the ring, doesn’t ignore the body work, and is equipped with a nice left hook in his arsenal.

Diego Pachecho vs Selemani Saidi will be on the undercard portion of the DAZN broadcast Saturday starting at 12pm ET.

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