Joseph Diaz vs. Jorge Lara in Play For Canelo-Golovkin

By Rick Reeno

Sources in Mexico have advised that a WBC final featherweight eliminator is going to match unbeaten contenders Joseph Diaz (24-0, 13 KOs) and Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs).

The fight, according to sources, is most likely going to end up on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard on September 16th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Diaz and Lara are the two highest ranked available contenders. Diaz is ranked in the number 2 spot, while Lara is ranked at 5.


The current WBC featherweight champion is Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs), who retained his title back in May with a seventh round stoppage of mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon. Russell now has the option of making a voluntary defense. Due to injuries and postponements, Russell has only averaged a single fight a year since 2015.

Diaz holds the NABF title and captured the vacant NABO title in May, with a ten round unanimous decision over unbeaten Manuel Avila. That contest took place on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to Canelo's fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Lara also saw action in May, when he stopped Mario Briones in three rounds in Laredo, Texas. Last April, Lara came out guns blazing when he blasted out former world champion Fernando Montiel in the first round. Montiel was down four times.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-17-2017

My next fight will be for the WBC title eliminator! I'm coming for that strap— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) August 17, 2017

Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;17954971]I guess it also sets up Diaz vs Rojas as a HBO headliner if they win their fights[/QUOTE] That's a good fight but I doubt that's next. Looking at the rankings JoJo is #1 ranked by WBO, #2 by WBC,…

Comment by mlac on 08-16-2017 put Mattyhsese on the undercard please delaholic

Comment by PrBoxing88 on 08-16-2017

Nice for us boxing fans... this is the event to watch GGG Vs Canelo

Comment by NEETzsche on 08-16-2017

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;17954961]yeah so far Jojo vs Lara, Diego vs Caballero, Jesus Rojas vs Claudio Marrero, Orozco vs Roberto Ortiz, and Ryan Martin all confirmed for the undercard. 6 of those fighters are undefeated and the rest have only 1 loss. Good…

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