Floyd Schofield Jr. knows that time is on his side. He’s just 21 years of age and has at least the next decade and a half in the sport. With just 16 pro fights under his belt, Schofield (16-0, 12 KOs) should be at the stage where he’s taking on middling fighters with suspect records.

In 2023, Schofield spent his time doing just that. This year, he appears on the verge of a gigantic step up in competition. Although nothing is finalized, Schofield revealed on his social media account that former world champion, Joseph Diaz, is next up.

“Thank you Joseph Diaz for accepting,” wrote Schofield on Facebook. “Let’s get ready to put on a great show.”

Diaz, 31, has seen better days. Although he did just grab a win over Jerry Perez, he was on a winless streak in his previous three fights. Diaz (33-4-1, 15 KOs) knows that he’s being slept on. However, for those who are counting him out, he’s confident that he’ll prove everyone wrong.

“Kid Austin is a young, hungry, up-and-coming fighter,” Diaz told MillCity Boxing during a recent interview. “He’s very eager to be one of the best. He’s a hard worker and he’s confident right now but I still feel like I have a lot left in the tank. I’m by far in the best shape of my life right now.”

Schofield is your typical blue-chip prospect with all of the talent in the world. Diaz knows it. He isn’t going into his supposed fight with Schofield with his head in the clouds ignoring the obvious. The 21-year-old might be a bit more explosive and a tad bit faster than he is but there’s one thing in Diaz's favor that Schofield simply doesn’t have yet.

“I know that my experience is really gonna be the key factor to winning this fight.”