Joseph Diaz-Jayson Velez Set For Ward-Barrera HBO Card

By Steve Kim

Sources have advised that a featherweight bout between Joseph  Diaz and Jayson Velez has been finalized and will be the HBO co-feature on the night of March 26th at the Oracle in Oakland, California, where Andre Ward makes his return and faces undefeated Sullivan Barrera in a light heavyweight main event.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian with a record of 19-0(11) is promoted by Golden Boy and had a strong 2015 where he notched five victories.

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Diaz stopped Juan Luis Hernandez in March, then won a ten round unanimous decision over Giovanni Delgado in May. He came back in July and October to decision veterans Rene Alvarado and Ruben Tamaypo and then closed out the year in December with a knockout of Hugo Partida in two rounds.

The Puerto Rican  Velez, who has a mark of 23-1-1 (16 KO's), is coming off a ten-round loss to Ronnie Rios on the Saul Alvarez-Miguel Cotto undercard on November 21st in Las Vegas. Earlier that year he won a ten round unanimous decision over Damiel Ramirez. Velez had made his HBO debut back in 2014, when he fought to a draw with then IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich in the co-featured slot to Terence Crawford-Ray Beltran in Omaha.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LOCOMEX89 on 02-13-2016

[QUOTE=HI-TECH Boxing;16465265]Technically I would say he's better than Spence for sure. Diaz also has better defense. I would rank the top 3 2012 US Olympians like this: Diaz, Spence, Ramirez.[/QUOTE] I agree. Those 3 are far and away the best…

Comment by Rope_Burns on 02-13-2016

Good fight, i see it as a 50/50. Nice step up fight for Diaz.

Comment by Corelone on 02-13-2016

Velez is up to the task. JoJo has pedigree, but Velez is a step up. Velez has been on the road, in some dog fights. I kind of like his chances.

Comment by HandsofIron on 02-13-2016

Good fight, better than the main event.

Comment by 285Kid on 02-13-2016

HUH two Golden Boy fighters fighting in a Kathy Duva event?

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