Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee - For the vacant World Boxing Organization super featherweight title, Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Christopher Diaz (23-1, 15 KOs). The scores were 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109.
The belt became vacant after Vasyl Lomachenko moved up in weight to challenge then WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares earlier this year.
In his last fight, Diaz knocked out Braulio Rodriguez in four rounds in March at Madison Square Garden in New York City. While Ito saw action in March when he knocked out Vergil Puton in nine rounds in Japan.
They started off with a battle of jabs. Ito was boxing well, keeping close to Diaz and landing decent punches. Diaz became more active with his power shots in the second round. They were trading away with hard shots on the inside. Ito was doing solid body work.
Ito was still having the edge at the start of the third. Diaz was having spurts of success, but he was having a lot of trouble making adjustments to Ito's style of fighting.
Diaz was doing better in the fourth, but then Ito caught him with a combination that sent him down to the mat. When Diaz got back to his feet, Ito was working him over. Diaz showed heart by fighting his way out of trouble.
Every time Diaz landed in the fifth, Ito would come back with several punches of his own. There was swelling and damage on Diaz's face. In the sixth, both had their moments. Ito was doing a lot of work to the body when they got close.
Ito did a lot of work in the seventh, landing a lot of punches to the head and body in bunches. Ito continued to punish Diaz against the ropes in the eight round with numerous hard punches to the body and combinations to the head. The left eye of Diaz was a real mess at this point.
Diaz had a big ninth round. He was unloading with a lot of his punches and connecting well. Ito took his foot off the gas and was getting tagged. Diaz continued to rally in the tenth round, as he was landing some solid shots that Ito took well. In the final minute of the round, Ito started coming on with solid punches with both hands on the inside.
They came out jabbing in the eleventh round. Ito was really doing damage in the round, as Diaz's left eye was nearly swollen shut and he couldn't see a lot of the punches coming. The eye was bleeding as well.
More of the same in the twelfth round, with Ito doing a lot of damage with combinations that were catching Diaz from all angles. Diaz appeared to be running out the clock and looking to protect his badly damaged eye.