Gary Russell Jr. Outboxes Joseph “JoJo” Diaz to Retain Title
May 19, 2018
Anthony Saldana (69 articles)
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Gary Russell Jr. Outboxes Joseph “JoJo” Diaz to Retain Title

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night at a sold-out MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland the WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KO’s) defended his title for only the third time since capturing the title in March of 2015 as he battled the young, hungry 2012 Olympian and South El Monte native Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (26-1, 14 KO’s). Russell Jr. who was also an Olympian and arguably has some of the fastest hands in boxing came out firing piston like jabs keeping Diaz jr. at bay as Diaz used much of the first round as a feeling out round. Russell Jr. came out with the same aggression in the second but clearly tired himself out as Diaz easily began to cut the ring off to land very heavy body shots to neutralize the speed of Russell jr. the middle round brought much of the same type of action as it was the speed of Russell Jr. scoring as the Power and effectiveness of Diaz Jr made the rounds very hard to score. In the seventh round Russell Jr. seemed to have found a second gear as his combinations and jabs  kept Diaz out of position as Russell seemed to easily win the round. Diaz fought the championship rounds as he did in the early rounds, as Russell Jr. used his speed and overall ring generalship to stay one step ahead of of the undefeated Diaz Jr. and after 12 very entertaining rounds of action the judges returned with scores of 115-113, 117-111 (twice) all in favor of the Champion Gary Russell Jr.

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