California contender Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz said he was ready and willing to play with fire this Saturday when he goes up against Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas for the World Boxing Association’s World Featherweight championship, in a Golden Boy Promotions billboard that will be broadcast live on Facebook. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Diaz weighed in at 126.6-pounds. The fight will still go forward, but title is NOT at stake.
The fight between Rojas and Diaz in The Avalon of Hollywood will be the first world championship fight to be broadcast exclusively and worldwide through this digital platform, which will give a historic tint to the fight for the black and gold strap of the pioneer organization.
“Jesus Rojas is a very dangerous fighter, comes into the fight off of two great victories and knocked out both. He likes to apply pressure and always has good conditioning. “He is going to try to always press forward,” said Diaz, who hopes to be crowned in his second opportunity. “We have worked on my conditioning so as not to get tired and to be very active, throw lots of punches, and grab him when he comes inside. It will be a fight with a lot of action,” he predicted.
Indeed Rojas, 31, comes into the fight having knocked out his last four enemies as he stands out for his aggressiveness and for crushing his rivals; however, Joseph claims to have learned a valuable lesson after losing to Gary Russell Jr. a few weeks ago in his first championship fight.
“I have seen the fight 100 times and I noticed some mistakes, if I had been more aggressive, start earlier and used my jab the fight would have been different. Today I would be the world champion. Things did not go as planned, but it was a lesson learned. I now have the opportunity to go for a world championship again and I cannot miss this opportunity,” finished the challenger.