Joseph "JoJo" Diaz (26-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his NABF and NABO Featherweight Titles with a dominant third-round knockout victory against former world champion Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (38-5-2, 21 KOs) in the main event of the Feb. 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
After dropping Terrazas twice in the first round, Diaz, Jr. continued punishing Terrazas to the head and body before finishing the fight with a left hook at 3:00 of the third round. Diaz, Jr. maintained his status as the No. 1 contender for the featherweight championship of the world with this impressive victory.
"Gary Russell, Jr.: You're next," said Diaz, Jr. "I'm ready to have that world title around my waist. Once I defeat him, I'm going to give the fight fans what they want to see: champions against champions. Victor Terrazas is a tremendous warrior. I thank him for the opportunity because of all the experience he brought to the ring. He's a strong veteran and I wish him all the best."
"I'm going to speak with my wife and kids," said Terrazas. "After all, they'll be the ones to inform me if I should continue my career or end it tonight. I feel like I'm at the end of my career. It may be time to enjoy my wife and kids and find luck in another profession."
In the co-main event, rising prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (9-0, 9 KOs) successfully captured the vacant Junior NABF Super Lightweight Title with a decisive third-round technical knockout victory against Jesus Alvarez (15-4, 11 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico
"I feel really good," said Ortiz, Jr. "I dropped him in the first round with a right hand because he kept pulling straight back. I liked that he got up because he was able to give me more rounds. My dad was telling me to work the body. I really started doing it in the third round and it showed. Now it's time for me to keep working hard so I can be ready to fight again in a few months."
In the televised swing fight, Filipino standout Rey "Flash" Perez (22-10, 6 KOs) scored a tough but clear unanimous decision victory against Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (18-2, 15 KOs) in a lightweight fight. Perez dominated Gonzalez in every round, landing hard shots easily though Gonzalez' guard. Perez won with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.