Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Loses Title: Fights to a Draw With Rakhimov
February 13, 2021
Anthony Saldana (128 articles)
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Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Loses Title: Fights to a Draw With Rakhimov

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night the IBF Jr. Lightweight Champion, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KOs), looked to make the first defense of his title when he went up against the undefeated Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (15-0-1, 12 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. That all changed yesterday as at the weigh-ins, Diaz Jr. had his title stripped from him as he failed to make the 130lb weight limit coming in 3.6lbs heavy, forcing Diaz to vacate his title. Although Diaz lost his belt on the scale, he looked very impressive through the first two rounds of the fight  landing heavy power shots and big combinations at will. Then in the 3rd Rakhimov began landing heavy shots of his own as both fighters began throwing every punch with bad intentions. Both fighters stayed in the pocket and exchanged blows in the middle rounds as the tide began to turn in favor of Rakhimov who seemed to be landing the heavier shots on Diaz Jr. in a hell of a back and forth battle. The championship rounds brought fans much of the same as both Diaz Jr. and Rakhimov continued to test the will of each other in a very hard to score fight, one where both men showed incredible intestinal fortitude. After the final bell and 12 exhilarating rounds of non-stop action the judges scored the fight 115-113 Diaz and 114-114 (x2) for a majority draw.  “I’m not feeling to good right now is wasn’t my best performance, I had year lay off and I didn’t make weight, I want to apologize to my fans and to DAZN” Stated Diaz Jr. after the fight. 

In the Co-Main event Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) came up short in his long-awaited title defense of his WBO junior middleweight title to his mandatory opponent Brian Carlos Castaño (17-0-1, 12 KOs). Going into the fight Castaño was a heavy betting favorite a (-650) to capture the title from Teixeira who last fought in 2019 in war in which Teixeira upset Carlos Adames. From the opening bell Castaño controlled the pace of the fight with relentless pressure on the taller champion Teixeira. However Teixeira would land a few heavy shots on Castaño throughout the fight, but they were few and far between. The pressure Castaño was applying forced Teixeira to fight at a distance which neutralized the his nine inch reach. Through the first nine rounds Castaño boxed intelligently using good ring generalship and effective aggressiveness to systematically break the champion Teixeira down out-landing him 218-116 in total power shots. Castaño never let off the gas and after 12 solid rounds of action the judges scored fight 120-108, 119-109, and 117-111 all in favor of “The New” Champion Brian Castaño who threw 927 power shots and over 1100 punches in his victory.  

Saturday night in a fight that many thought would steal show, two local Southern California fan favorites stepped in the ring against each other as Oscar Negrete (19-3-2, 7 KOs) took on his former sparing partner Ronnie Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) of Santa Ana, California. Negrete who has been in the ring with the likes of world champion Rey Vargas had his hands full with the veteran Rios who was looking for his fourth straight victory. Early in the fight Rios boxed beautifully  landing the cleaner more effective power shots in a back and forth battle including several shots to the body that hurt Negrete. Rios continued to dictate the pace and control the fight throughout the middle rounds landing combinations at will, staying two step ahead of the game Negrete who really had no answer to the pressure Rios was applying, as through 7, Rios had out-landed Negrete 204 to 75. After ten solid rounds of boxing. the judges scored the fight 100-90 (x2) and 99-91 all in favor of Ronnie Rios. “I just want to continue to improve myself like tonight I give myself a “C” I’m not happy with my performance at all”. Stated Rios after his victory. “Now I want whoever has a belt, I want to challenge myself and be the best Ronnie I can be.”

Other fight Results:

  • Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3, 10 KOs) vs. Christian Olivas (20-8, 17 KOs) Middleweights, Mosley Jr. wins by way of TKO after the 5th round as Olivas is unable to continue due to a damaged eye.
  • Bektemir Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Morgan Fitch (19-5-1, 8 KOs) Super Middleweight: Melikuziev captures a 3rd round KO after dropping Fitch twice in the fight. 
  • Azat Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) vs. Enrique Bernache (24-13, 12 KOs) Super Bantamweight, Hovhannisyan gets a 8th round stoppage after dropping Bernache in the 2nd and completely dominating the fight. 
  • Victor Morales (14-0, 7 KOs) vs. Rodrigo Guerrero (26-10-2, 16 KOs) Featherweight: Morales comes away with a unanimous decision victory and and remains undefeated 
  • Dalis Kaleiopu vs. Eduardo Sanchez; Lightweight, Kaleiopa gets a 3rd round stoppage in his debut to move to (1-0, 1 KO) with the loss Sanchez goes to (2-4)

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