Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Diaz Goes Ten for the First Time, Defeats Asselstine

by Cliff Rold

22-year old Jr. Lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (16-0, 12 KO) of Palmdale, California, got the sort of rough but clear win that a fighter can grow from Friday night at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, suffering a cut and being extended ten rounds for the first time in a unanimous decision win over 27-year old Tyler Asselstine (14-2, 7 KO) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Both men came into the bout at the division limit of 130 lbs.

The referee was Danny Schiavone.

It didn’t take long for Diaz to rock Asselstine with a left in round one but the Canadian didn’t shy from the action and came back firing the right.  An accidental clash of heads brought a caution from the referee in the closing seconds. 

The next few rounds featured steady if unspectacular action, the southpaw Asselstine trying to work his right jab and land a left behind it while Diaz let his hands go with more frequency from the orthodox side.

Admonished by his corner to open up more before round five, Asselstine came out more aggressive and Diaz landed a good left hook because of it.  Asselstine was returned to the back foot, losing his mouthpiece in an awkward exchange.  Both men landed some hard shots in the round but it was Joel closing the exchanges to maintain the edge.

Round six saw both eyes of Asselstine begin to swell while the left eye of Diaz took some bruising as well.  Asselstine lost a point for losing the mouthpiece again in round seven and returned to the corner with his trainer telling him he needed a knockout to win. 

Asselstine did his best to try to change the tide in round eight, even busting Diaz with a hard forearm to the face.  Late in the round, Asselstine broke through with a left hand that rocked Diaz and an accidental head clash left a cut above the left eye of Diaz. 

There was little similar drama in the ninth, though Asselstine continued to rally.  Diaz answered it early in the final round, stunning Asselstine with a booming left to the body.  Diaz probed for a stopping assault but Asselstine covered up well.  They both made it to the final bell where Diaz was rewarded with a trifecta of 97-92 scores.     

The opener featured a clash of unbeaten Jr. Middleweights.

28-year old Frank Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KO), 153, of Brooklyn, New York, managed to stay unbeaten, holding off a rugged effort from 27-year old Sebastian Bouchard (8-1, 2 KO), 154, of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada, with a unanimous decision over eight rounds. 

The referee was Joey Lupino. 

Both men fought hard throughout, Galarza using movement and combination punching to bruise the face of Bouchard.  Galarza suffered a cut in the corner of his left eye from a head clash, and lost a point for low blows in the final round, but doubled his foe in output and connections while maintaining a steady jab.  The scores were clear for Galarza at 78-73 and 77-74 twice.   

The card was broadcast in the US on Showtime as part of its “ShoBox” series, promoted by Jean Pascal Promotions.

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Vitali Klitschko Confident Wladimir Will Topple Joshua at Wembley Porter's Coach: 1000% We Can Beat Keith Thurman in Rematch! Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - CompuBox Punch Stats Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto - CompuBox Punch Stats Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary Pacquiao Aims To Make Statement, Prove He's Still in Top Form Breazeale Ready To Replace Fury - Fight Parker on Late Notice Broner: Somebody Tried to Kill Me, But It's OK; I’m Still Here Pacquiao: I Don't Know Much About Horn, Haven't Seen His Fights Murray on Gabe Rosado's Complaints: I Won The Fight, F*** Him! Team Parker: Hughie Fury Never Wanted To Come To New Zealand Klitschko: Joshua Wants To Be a Billionaire, Must KO Me as Promised Team Fury: Hughie Suffered Lower Back Injury, Not Medically Fit Amir Khan To Keith Thurman: Forget Porter, Fight Me! Kazuto Ioka Shines To Retain WBA Belt, Tapales Wins By TKO Billy Joe Saunders Not Impressed, Vows To Expose Khurtsidze Photos: Oscar Valdez Beats Miguel Marriaga in a Grueling War Photos: Jermell Charlo With BRUTAL Knockout of Charles Hatley Photos: Martin Murray, Gabe Rosado Nearly Brawl Over Scores Photos: Shawn Porter Drops, Mauls Andre Berto For TKO Win Photos: Avtandil Khurtsidze Crushes Tommy Langford in Five Photos: Arthur Abraham Defeats Krasniqi To Secure WBO Shot Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze on July 8, Copper Box Kevin Lerena vs. Sergio Ramirez at Emperors Palace Anthony Joshua Sees No Reason To Fight in U.S. To Raise Profile Gilberto Ramirez Ready For Golovkin Next: Just Send The Contract! Jermell Charlo: Jarrett Hurd Took My Brother's Title - We Can Unify Keith Thurman: Porter Fought His Way To Earning a Rematch Carlos Castro Stays Undefeated with Decision Over Palacios Oscar Valdez Drops, Decisions Miguel Marriaga in Tough Fight Joseph Parker's Promoter Does Not Believe Hughie Fury is Injured Gilberto Ramirez Dominates Max Bursak To Retain WBO Title Shawn Porter Stops Andre Berto in Nine To Earn Thurman Shot Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jermell Charlo Knocks Charles Hatley Unconscious In 6th Round Parker's Promoter is Furious: Hughie Fury Claims He is Injured! Shakur Stevenson Makes Pro Debut, Beats Brito in Five Rounds Serrano Stops Santana; Becomes 5-Division Women’s Champ Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter - CompuBox Historical Review Jessie Magdaleno Destroys Adeilson Dos Santos in Two Rounds
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement