Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Joseph Diaz Wins Tough Majority Decision Over Jesus Cuadro

All that Joseph Diaz Jr. wanted was to remain active ahead of his second career title fight.

The 2012 U.S. Olympian believes to still be on that course, even after a tougher-than-expected outing in barely edging Venezuela’s Jesus Cuadro. The former featherweight title challenger was forced to settle for a 12-round majority decision Saturday evening at Auditorio del Estadio in Mexicali, Mexico. One even score of 114-114 were overruled by tallies of 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Diaz, who was forced to contend with a hand injury right out the gate but still doing his part for the sake of the bigger picture.

“It was awesome fighting in Mexico,” said Diaz (30-1, 15KOs), whose lone other ring appearance south of the border took place in Cancun in his third pro fight more than six years ago. “It was my first time fighting in Mexicali, I wanted to give them a big fight to remember.”

joseph-diaz_6

Cuadro (18-6, 14KOs) had the same idea in mind, perhaps even more so after California’s Diaz was reduced to a one-handed fighter for 11 of the 12 rounds of super featherweight action.

“It wasn’t difficult,” Diaz insisted of his night’s work. “In the first round, I hurt my left hand and didn’t want to do anything (to) it after that. I got a big fight so I just wanted to fight smart, work behind my jab and move forward towards (a title shot).”

Diaz is a top-rated challenger to the secondary 130-pound title presently held by Andrew Cancio, whom he bested in Sept. 2016. The bout actually prompted a then-frustrated Cancio to retire, before returning to the ring last year. He’s now armed with a title, but with it also a mandatory challenger in the form of a rematch with Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado.

That leaves Saturday’s winner to look in another direction for his second shot at a first major title, having now won four straight following a 12-round loss to featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. last May. A shot versus Cancio would seemingly be easier to make since both fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, but rather than sit and wait the resurgent contender prefers a path on which he’s planned to travel all along.

“Tevin Farmer baby,” Diaz emphatically stated in his next desired target, referring to the streaking southpaw who has held a title for more than a year. “Hey, Tevin Farmer has been calling me out. Let’s get this show on the road. 

“I had a good little fight here, and got this out of the way. Let’s go in December, man. Tevin Farmer, I’m calling you out.” 

Also on the card, Mexicali’s own Leonardo Baez (17-2, 9KOs) followed up the biggest win of his career with a near-scare in outpointing Venezuela’s Edixon Perez (19-5, 14KOs) over 10 rounds. Scores were 97-93 and 96-92 (twice) for Baez, who was forced to overcome an opening round knockdown when a right hand put him on the canvas, in order to prevail.

The win comes two months after Baez scored a decision win over previously unbeaten Alberto Melian in a major upset this past July in Indio, Calif.

Both the main event and chief support streamed live on Golden Boy’s official Facebook page.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SceneBoxer on 09-23-2019

It was a boring fight with both boxers not pushing much specially Jojo after all the talk that he would give an spectacular performance. The fight got booed by the small crowd...

Comment by DuckAdonis on 09-22-2019

JoJo looked very poor I think Farmer would fight him for sure now based on that performance

Comment by Boxing Hero on 09-22-2019

This was a good card. Hope to see Jo Jo back soon.

Comment by The3 on 09-22-2019

Joseph Diaz vs Santa Cruz should be order by the WBA

Comment by Bob Haymon on 09-22-2019

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;20074185]Just look at how empty this place is! Less then 4k people are watching this! [IMG]https://i.imgur.com/UuVU207.png[/IMG][/QUOTE] And Oscar was bragging about what a huge platform Facebook was and they would be getting 30 million viewers when he first signed that…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (14)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Graveyard Shifts At Warehouse Motivated Molina To Turn Around Boxing Career News: Alejandro Santiago, Faust, Demirezen, Tarimo vs. Fleming Josh Taylor: Me vs. Jose Ramirez is One of The Biggest Fights in Boxing Tim Tszyu Return Targeted For December, A Few Names in Play Shane McGuigan Alleged To Have Said Carl Frampton 'Was Finished' Mario Cazares Confident That He Will End Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Eubank Jr: Canelo, Murata, Golovkin, Charlo - I'll Fight Whoever I Can Get Fast Wilfredo Mendez Now Working With Memo, Targeting November Return Lipinets-Abdukakhorov Interim Title Fight Remains On Course, Backup Plan In Place Hearn Hopes Canelo-Golden Boy Rift Can Be Resolved in Time For 2020 Bout Jay Harris vs. Marcel Braithwaite on October 18 in Wakefield Luis Nery: Eddy Reynoso Has Helped Me A lot With My Defense Josh Taylor vs. Apinun Khongsong, Undercard Bouts on ESPN+ Damien Vazquez Hopes Brandon Figueroa Wants a War on Inside Arum on Fury-Wilder III: We're Working To Have Limited Amount Of Fans On 12/19 Briedis vs. Dorticos - Bunn, Radovan, Alisch on Undercard Pedraza: I Forgot About Molina, But Was Happy To Take Fight When They Offered It Again Lubin Favors Charlo To Beat Rosario; Motivated To Avenge KO Loss To Charlo Teofimo Lopez: There's No Rematch Clause In Contracts For Lomachenko Fight WBC Heavyweight Mandatory Situation Remains Unclear Even as Povetkin-Whyte II is Set Efe Ajagba: Excited To Be Back Again Doing What I Love Ohara Davies: I'm Going in There To Destroy Tyrone McKenna! Top Rank Prez Gives Take on Canelo vs. Golden Boy, DAZN Legal Battle Serhii Bohachuck vs. Alejandro Davila on September 25 in Mexico Usyk Will Not Step Aside From Joshua Title Shot, Says Hearn Erickson Lubin vs. Terrell Gausha: The Play-In Mike Tyson Biopic Will Not Include Robin Givens, Who Issued Legal Letter Chavez Sr. Sends Message of Support To Recovering Ricardo Mayorga Evan Holyfield Seeks New Management; Reunites With Amateur Coach After Trainer Split Miguel Berchelt Expects Explosive Contest With Oscar Valdez Anthony Joshua Very Motivated To Fight This Year, Says Hearn Murtazaliev On Standby To Fill In For Charlo Or Rosario On September 26 Erickson Lubin: I Have To Bring The Heat From The Opening Bell Usyk vs. Chisora Being Rescheduled is Close, Says Hearn Gausha: If I Hurt Erickson Lubin - I Will Look To Get Him Out of There! Roy Jones Proud of Countryman Povetkin For Comeback KO of Whyte Lee McGregor Links Up With Ben Davison Ahead of Guerfi Fight Jeff Horn Being Pressured Into Retirement Following Loss To Tszyu Rosario: Charlo Definitely Stronger Than Williams; Preparing Differently For This Fight Teofimo Lopez: Loma Fight Is Huge For Boxing, I’m Going To Make History
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement