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Professional boxer who trained in Coachella dies in car crash

Cesar Diaz was poised to take the boxing world by storm, but all that ended on Friday night when he lost control of his car and crashed in Palmdale, about 40 minutes north of Los Angeles. His girlfriend in the passenger seat was injured but is recovering.

“Cesar Diaz had a great resume in the amateurs. Everybody knows him, he was a top amateur fighter,” said Joel Diaz, Cesar’s boxing manager.

Joel Diaz is Cesar’s boxing manager. Cesar would sometimes train at the Boys and Girls Club in Coachella.

Joel’s last message to Cesar was on Thanksgiving, they were texting about upcoming fights starting the beginning of next year.

“He gave me a big message saying that ‘Coach happy Thanksgiving, God bless you and your family and thank you so much for everything you do for me’ and that was it. It was his last message,” Joel said.

Joel Diaz found out about the crash Saturday morning when he talked to Cesar’s trainer on the phone.

KESQ News Team


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