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Joseph Diaz: I Want To Beat Gary Russell, Unify 126 By 2019

By Miguel Rivera

Joseph Diaz has already secured his shot at the WBC featherweight championship, and he hopes the World Boxing Council (WBC) will ensure that their champion, Gary Russell Jr., will fight him by this coming May.

In fact, Russell Jr. should be facing Diaz in the upcoming months but he decided to take an interim-fight, according to the WBC. 'JoJo' will do the same when he faces former world champion Victor Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on February 22 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs), featherweight champion of the North American Boxing Organization, will be fighting for the first time in 2018.

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Last year, he fought twice and this year he intends to enter the ring at least four times.

"I'm very young, I'm 25 years old, I can still fight a lot. I want this fight to keep me active," said Díaz to Eduard Cauich.

"Gary Russell Jr. is slow to finalize our fight. I'm sure he'll wait until May to fight me. I'm taking a big risk, but I'm not taking this opponent lightly, I'm very focused and determined."

Russell has fought only once in each in the last three years. Diaz believes that factor will be a very important advantage for him.

"We thought we were going to have our title fight in February or March but he never accepted. He's going to have one more fight, I'm almost sure he's going to fight in March," Diaz said.

"He's getting older. He's not very active and I think it will pay dividends. He will not be the same fighter that he was before. He's very inactive. I want to beat Russell and then unify the titles. I want to demonstrate things in my division. I hope that in 2019 I will become the undisputed champion and then I want to move up the division."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigdunny1 on 01-23-2018

you go to feel for JoJo he has waited a long time for his title shot. For those not keeping score he ended 2016 virtually top 5 ranked by all 4 major belt orgs, on everybody top 10 rankings but…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-23-2018

joe diaz vs russell stop with the politics and make it happen c'mon

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=richardt;18426163]Russell will snap Diaz' head up in the air with some of his shots. Russell is faster and hits harder and no doubt will beat Diaz.[/QUOTE] I have to agree with you to an extent, but it will not be…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-22-2018

Gary Russell Jr will win this fight but come on man he fights once every four years. He needs to get in the ring more. I remember him saying that he has three or four fights left before he retires…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 01-22-2018

Russell Jr will win by KO:boxing:

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