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Video: Joseph Diaz on Eliminator Win, Facing Gary Russell Jr.

By Ryan Burton

In front of a sold-out crowd of  22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before 17,931 Closed Circuit attendees, Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang" Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight title.

Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight, pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana, Mexico.

Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score of 120-108.

"I feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges. Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed. I think we gave them a good show tonight."

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"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe we did good despite the circumstances."

Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador" Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of  Coachella, California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense. De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 09-19-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;18065211]Berchelt is stove up, on the shelf, benched. Miura is B class, he never beat anybody special and Salido tenderized Vargas. Nery? If the drug has no effect why is it banned? Now you're spreading lies. The only thing being…

Comment by Corelone on 09-18-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18064874]Stop saying lies. Nery is not cheating. That substance don't make you stronger, faster or durable. That substance is in the meat and is used to make the cow more heavies. And the investigation is in process Berchelt schooled so…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 09-18-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;18063115]Lets see. Berchelt got busted up by a B class plodder and he's out for the rest of the year, so I'll leave him alone, but Nery. He got caught cheating. How the drugs got in his system doesn't change…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-18-2017

WBC, give the order! We know this is going to purse bid, so let's not draw this out! GRJ vs. Diaz! Make it happen!

Comment by Corelone on 09-18-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18062826]Man, you are bad analyzing boxing. I remember you saying the same in the previa of Vargas vs Berchelt and Nery vs Yamanaka. Diaz is a great fighter. He defeated Valdez in amateur[/QUOTE] Lets see. Berchelt got busted up by…

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