Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Joel Diaz, Sanchez Got Heated After Referee's Stoppage

By Peter Lim

In a sizzling slugfest, super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. had to dig deep into his reserve of courage and skills to remain undefeated and up his record to 12-0 (11 KOs) at the Bayou City Events Center in Houston. Diaz, of Southern California, was taken to task by a feisty, iron-chinned local fighter by the name of Victor Sanchez (4-6-1, 1 KO) who gave Diaz fits all night with uncompromising pressure and volume punching before the bout was controversially stopped in the fifth round.

For four scintillating rounds, Sanchez, a southpaw, relentlessly pressed the action and forced Diaz, 129, to fight for every second of every round. Diaz, an accomplished amateur, adeptly sidestepped many of the charges and rip in crisp, accurate counters but he simply could not deter the buzzsaw in boxing trunks in front of him. Resembling a miniature, left-handed version of Antonio Margarito, Sanchez, 129, absorbed hit after direct hit but kept chugging forward with reckless abandon, throwing punches with decapitating intentions. When Sanchez managed to close the distance, he bludgeoned Diaz against the ropes with haymaker lefts and short right hooks.

Education eventually prevailed over passion as Diaz, 21, gradually began to figure out and foil Sanchez's blitzkrieg attack. In the fourth round Diaz began going downstairs with crippling hooks, some of which strayed below the belt, and he started to back Sanchez, 20, up for the first time in the fight. By the fifth round, Diaz had found the right distance and angles to land punches with impunity. Spinning side to side, he repeatedly jolted Sanchez with pinpoint left hooks and straight rights while deflecting or evading most of the incoming fire. Trapping Sanchez in a corner, Diaz landed a series of unanswered shots to the head, prompting referee Gary Simon to step in and wave the fight over, much to the chagrin of the crowd. It was a borderline call; Sanchez was taking a beating and wasn't returning fire effectively but his gloves were up and he did not appear seriously hurt.

Sanchez vehemently protested the stoppage and engaged in a verbal exchange with Diaz's corner during which he was squirted with water by Diaz's father Joel Diaz Sr. Sanchez went after the older Diaz but, fortunately, was restrained by his trainer Harry Thomas before the situation could escalate.

After the fight, Diaz admitted that Sanchez was the hardest chin he ever hit.

"He had a hard head so my coach (Abel Sanchez) told me to go to the body," said Diaz, whose right hand was visibly injured.

"It was a good stoppage," Diaz added. "He was taking a lot of punches and not punching back."

Predictably, Sanchez disagreed saying, "That was bullshit. I could have gone on and I would have stopped him. He was about to go."

Both fighters' stock rose after the fight; Diaz passed a solid gut check and had his chin tested while Sanchez won over the local crowd with his stubborn resolve, take-no-prisoners style and bomb-proof chin.

The card was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.

In other bouts:

Heavyweight Darlington Agha (7-0, 6 KOs) stopped undersized and overmatched Anthonny Greeley (8-40-3, 1 KO) in the second round by simply walking down and bludgeoning the smaller man.

Middleweight Chase Corley (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Wilson Rodriguez (0-1) with a series of right uppercuts in the first round.

Welterweight Felipe Reyes (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Wille Mille (0-1) with body shots in the second round.

Lightweight Danny Garcia (11-7-2, 8 KOs) stopped David Green (2-15-1, 1 KO) with a barrage of punches in the fifth round.

Colombian Israel Luna (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Olajuwon Kirk (0-1) in the first round in a junior welterweight bout.

Featherweight Edgar Alarcon (1-0-1) outpointed Guadalupe Perez (0-1) over four rounds.

And super bantamweight Noe Bravo (2-4, 1 KO) outpointed Joe Anthony Narro (0-5) over four rounds.

Tags: Joel Diaz Jr. image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TonyCa$h on 04-05-2013

How do u get a fight at 8-39????!!!???

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Jason Quigley vs. Glen Tapia - LIVE Results From Indio Golovkin: Canelo Says He's Ready, I've Been Waiting 2 Years Chavez Jr. Vows To End All Talk of Canelo-Golovkin on May 6 Koelling Agrees to Fight Beterbiev to Become Ward's IBF Mandatory Vitali Klitschko: Joshua's Muscles Won't Help Him With Wladimir Khan Focusing On Fighting Opponent Other Than Manny Pacquiao Mikey Garcia: No Credit, Lomachenko Doing What I Did Years Ago! Cleverly-Skoglund in Play For 5/20, Chisora-Helenius For 5/27 Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Now For Vacant WBO Interim-Title Golovkin-Jacobs PPV Will Well Exceed 153K Buys, Says Loeffler Shawn Porter: Expect Me To Try To Knock Andre Berto Out! Brook Won't Worry About Orbital Bone When He Fights Spence Photos: Linares, Crolla - Go Face To Face at Final Rematch Presser Jason Quigley: I'm Ready For This Giant Step in My Career Nico Hernandez Details Long Road, Motivated as Pro Debut Nears Brook's Trainer Doesn't See Spence as Best American Welterweight Salido's Manager: Politics Killed Roman Fight For Canelo-Chavez Brook: Forget Golovkin Fight; I'm Gonna Smash Spence's Face In! IBF: If Nobody Agrees, Beterbiev Will Face Ward-Kovalev Winner Daniel Franco Wants World Title Shot By The End of The Year Dusty Harrison To Face Matthew Strode in Washington, D.C. Video: Nicola Adams on Virgil Hunter as Coach, Pro Run, More Malignaggi: What Happens When Brook Lands Big Shot on Spence? Golovkin Still Pound-For-Pound Number One, Says Lomachenko Skender Halili Returns, Faces Eduardo Flores in New Jersey Khan Claims There Was Proof of Funds For Pacquiao Fight Linares-Crolla II: A Most Intriguing Rematch Amir Khan Explains The Big Fallout With Team Members Lomachenko Open To Show McGregor The Basics for Mayweather Arum Very Willing To Do Mikey Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko Arum: Jacobs Did Good, But Golovkin Won - 7 Rounds To 5 Rigondeaux vs. Flores Purse Bid Ordered For April 3 Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko, Usyk, Gvozdyk Open Workout Photos: Quigley-Tapia, Caballero, Herrera, Esparza - Weigh-In Video: Lomachenko on Calling Out McGregor, Sosa Bout, More Video: Amir Khan Putting in Work For Planned Ring Return Brook's Trainer: GGG Wasn't Same vs. Jacobs After Battling Brook Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury - Ticket Information Video: Amir Khan on Pacquiao, Brook, Mayweather-McGregor Oleg Maskaev: No Retirement, I Plan To Return To The Ring
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement