Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. Destroys Victor Terrazas in Three on ESPN
February 22, 2018
Anthony Saldana (137 articles)

Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. Destroys Victor Terrazas in Three on ESPN

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Thursday night at Fantasy Springs in Indio, California the WBC #1 contender and current NABF and NABO Featherweight Champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (25-0, 13 KO’s) battled the tough Mexican veteran and former WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Victor Terrazas (38-4, 21 KO’s) Diaz Jr. who hopes to be fighting for a world championship later this year began dissecting Terrazas with bad intentions from his first punch. In the 1st round Diaz Jr. caught Terrazas with a big left to the body dropping his opponent. Terrazas beat the count only to be knocked to the canvass with huge left hook to the head later in the round. Diaz Jr. continued to beat up Terrazas in the second and in the third it was another wicked left hook to the body that ended the night for Terrazas as he was dropped for the third time in the fight and unable to recover. After the fight Diaz Jr. stated “you can’t take anyone lightly, Terrazas was a tough opponent, but overall it was a great experience knowing I could take out a veteran” when asked what he wanted next Diaz Jr. stated “Gary (Russell Jr.) lets make the fight happen, enough playing games enough running just sign the contract. I’m ready, I know your ready let’s give the fight fans what they want to see and lets give them a fight.”


In the Co-Main Event Golden Boy Promotions Jr. Welterweight prospect Virgil Ortiz Jr. (9-0, 9 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas entered the ring against Jesus Alvarez (15-3, 11 KO’s) from Guadalajara, Mexico. From the opening bell the 19 year old Ortiz quickly applied pressure by using his jabs to set up a devastating overhand right that floored Alvarez midway through the first round. Ortiz continued to use a laser like jab and vicious body shots in the as the outmatched Alvarez never had an answer for Ortiz Jr.  By the third round the onslaught of punches and relentless offense by Ortiz forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to call a halt to the bout at the 2:23 mark of the round. “I feel really good,” said Ortiz, Jr. “My dad was telling me to work the body. I really started doing it in the third round and it showed. I dropped him in the first round with a right hand because he kept pulling straight back. Now it’s time for me to keep working hard so I can be ready to fight again in a few months.”

In the TV swing bout local Southern California fan favorite Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-2, 15 KO’s) took on the tough Filipino Ray Perez (22-9, 6 KO’s) in an 8 round lightweight bout. Perez wasted no time in taking the fight to Gonzalez landing every hard shot he threw as Gonzalez looked slow and gun shy. Throughout the early rounds Gonzalez never could find an answer to the pressure Perez had applied and by the 5th round Perez had opened up a cut over the left eye of Gonzalez that referee Raul Caiz Jr. ruled was caused by an accidental head butt. After the 7th round Gonzalez had complained of having double vision was warned by referee Caiz Jr. to protect himself as Gonzalez was clearly in need of a knockout. Gonzalez eventually made it to the final bell and after 8 rounds of action the judges returned with the scores of 79-73 (twice) and 78-74 all in favor of “The Technician” Ray Perez

Other bouts include

Genaro Gamez (6-0, 4 KO’s) vs Miguel Mendoza (23-13-2, 22 KO’s),

Result; Gamez came away with a technical knockout victory over Mendoza of Aguascalientes, Mexico at the end of the fourth round of a scheduled 8 round super lightweight fight.“I had a lot of fun in there,” said Gamez. “I was just playing with him in there in the ring and wanted to get rid of him by the later rounds. I can’t wait to fight again.”


Manny Robles III. (15-0, 7 KO’s) vs Martin Cardona (24-11, 6 KO’s),

Result; Robles scored a 4th round TKO victory against Cardona in a featherweight bout originally scheduled for 8 rounds. After Robles, punished Cardona for several rounds, the fight was stopped at 2:53 mark of the round by the Cardona’s corner. “Even though he wouldn’t go down, I had to keep trying,” said Robles III. “I knew I had to keep working the body and get the knockout. hopefully I can move to 10-round fights this year. After this, things just get tougher as you move up the ranking.


Hector Tanajara Jr. (12-0, 5 KO’s) vs Eduardo Rivera (10-4-2, 4 KO’s),

Result; Tanajara, Jr. stayed undefeated as he scored a 1st round knockout victory against Rivera. Tanajara, Jr wasted no time in landing a lead right uppercut that immediately hurt Rivera, which he followed with a flurry that ended matters at 1:58 seconds of the first round. “I wanted to switch it up because I was throwing the right hand a lot,” said Tanajara, Jr. “So, I threw the lead uppercut and I hurt him. I had to be cautious before going for the finish because some fighters play it off, but either way I got the first-round knockout. I’m going to stay in camp and get ready for the next fight.”


All Photos by Rey Navarette for Supreme Boxing



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