The inaugural edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch kicked off with a bang as Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. (27-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. defeated Puerto Rican warrior and WBA "Regular" Featherweight World Champion. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos).
Jesus Rojas (16-1-2, 19 KOs) via 12-round unanimous decision in an exciting main event from a sold-out Avalon Hollywood.
Though he struggled to hurt Rojas, Diaz Jr. was more active in every round, which earned him the decision win with scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 117-111. Rojas remains champion despite the loss per WBA rules.
"We won, but unfortunately I don't get to come home a world champion because of weight issues," said Joseph Diaz Jr.
"I switched my diet this camp because I feel like my body has been changing, and I did something I never usually do to try to make weight. That is what made my body respond in a scary way with arm tingling and just feeling super fatigued. If the opportunity comes, I still want a fight at 126 pounds with any of the big guys, but if that doesn't happen I wouldn't be opposed to moving up to 130. Rojas came to fight. I don't think people expected for this to be a tough fight, but it was. I would be willing to get a rematch with him."
"It was a great fight. Diaz came to fight. We gave a fight that the people deserved," said Jesus Rojas.
"I feel I was more active and that I threw punches. He was tired, and I was able to connect more with punches. The judges are the ones who make the call. One can see it one way, while another sees it another way. The judges make the call. I proved myself again the best. He wasn't the great Joseph Diaz that you saw against other fighters when he was in the ring with me. I still feel I'm one of the top 126-pounders in the world."