Brazilian born Diego Costa (7-0) enters the tournament as the dangerman with a 71% knockout ratio to his name. He first started boxing when he was living in Spain and Costa moved to Manchester to make his UK professional debut in 2017. A knockout victory against the previously unbeaten Craig Bunn was a huge statement and since then the ‘Dynamite’s’ career has gone from strength to strength.
Wins over Greg O’Neil and Josef Obeslo followed but it was at the back end of 2019 where Costa made his biggest breakthrough. A win against Darryl Sharp set up a fight against Boris Crighton in the Contenders VIP Promotions final. A dramatic stoppage saw Costa claim the Phil Martin Trophy in style making his mark in the Light-Heavyweight division.
Training in Oliver’s Gym, Diego credits his career to the late owner, Oliver Harrison, who guided him when he first arrived in the UK. Previously the home to former World Champion Rocky Fielding and Martin Murray, Costa’s got a way to go before reaching those heights but at 7-0, his career couldn’t have started much better.
In his spare time, Costa enjoys playing poker but his main hobby outside the ring is dancing. Inspired by his Brazilian heritage, Costa believes salsa dancing has helped his footwork in the ring and has acknowledged how other fighters, namely Vasyl Lomachenko, have also taken to dancing to help within the sweet science of boxing.
At light-heavyweight, Costa’s power was obvious having stopped five out of his seven opponents. Now dropping down to Super Middleweight for this year’s Ultimate Boxxer 7, the rest of the field will fear Costa’s immense punching power. He won’t be the most experienced fighter on the night after just seven fights but given his recent stoppages, he’ll be a real livewire in the tournament and claims ‘the fans are going to see the most dangerous version of Diego Costa they have ever seen’.