By Miguel Rivera
On August 11, less than three months after losing his first professional fight, California's Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz will have a new opportunity when he faces the interim-World Boxing Association champion, Jesus Rojas, in California.
JoJo Díaz aspires not only to beat Gary Russell Jr. in a rematch, but to be the main featherweight of the world
The manager of Diaz, Ralph Heredia, told ESPN Deportes that a deal with Rojas has already been reached, and that only certain details are missing to make the official announcement by Golden Boy Promotions, regarding the event itself.
Diaz lost his first career bout in May, when he dropped a twelve round decision to Gary Russell as they battled for the World Boxing Council.
The 2012 United States Olympian came on too late in the bout, as Russell built a strong lead in the first half of the fight.
Now, 'JoJo' will once again contend for a belt, now interim strap of the WBA, against Rojas, who is a dangerous Puerto Rican fighter with a high amount of gunpowder in his hands.
He conquered the belt last September when he defeated Dominican veteran Claudio Marrero by knockout in seven rounds.
'JoJo' is a young fighter who fell short in his first title fight but has the talent to put anyone in a predicament at 126 pounds. He has a record of 26-1 with 14 knockouts.
Rojas, on the other hand, has a solid record of 26-1-2 and 19 knockouts. His only defeat dates back to 2008, when he was shocked by Mexican spoiler Jose Angel Beranza, but he has overcome the pitfalls in his career and rose to the occasion against Marrero.
The Puerto Rican fighters has been staying busy, as he averaged at least two fights per year since resuming his career back in 2014 after being inactive for a period of nearly two years.