JoJo Díaz defeated Rojas in points in California
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Californian Joseph "JoJo" Díaz defeated by unanimous decision the Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas, who, despite the defeat, remained as World Featherweight Champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), in the main battle of a billboard that was organized this Saturday by Golden Boy Promotions at the Avalon Theater, Hollywood, California.
Diaz missed the chance to win the world title, considering that he did not mark the 126-pound limit on the official weigh-in. The Californian was up 0.6 pounds, and for that reason, he had no chance to win the crown, although he won the fight, as indeed it happened. According to the regulations of the AMB, Rojas remained as head of the featherweight, regardless of the result.
So Rojas was awarded with this condition of continuing as World Champion, and after the fight, he indicated that he would like to fight with the feathers champions of other organizations, such as Gary Russell Jr. of the CMB or Leo Santa Cruz, who is the Superchampion. the same AMB. But he also ruled out a rematch like Diaz, to cleanse himself of that defeat, as World Champion.
After 12 rounds of good action, the judges scored 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111 in favor of Diaz, who commanded a good part of the match, with his speed and hit of medium and long distance. Rojas pressed at all times, was always forward, but the best moments were for the Californian, who last May came to be defeated by Russell Jr., in the WBC crown dispute.
The first round for Diaz, attacking the body of Rojas, who is planted, looking for the exchange with the Californian fighter. Rojas was applying a lot of pressure and throwing punches with both hands. Diaz maintained his defense and was responding.
In the second, Rojas always forward, trying to close the spaces of Diaz, attacking solid to the body. "JoJo" responds to the offensive, and with a series of combinations makes the World Champion go back.
Rojas always starts with his offense in the third, pressing, attacking, does not want to leave spaces for Diaz to make use of his speed and good hitting ability in medium and long distance. Diaz reacts to the pressure, but quickly Rojas returns to his plan to fight short. In the final minute, Diaz takes the distance to release his best combinations and gets it. But Rojas again breaks his plans.
In the fourth round, "JoJo" Díaz looks more loose, connecting his best combinations. Diaz brakes the Puerto Rican with his blow, making him stagger once, to win the assault clear.
Rojas continued with the heavy work load as they continued to fight inside in the fifth round.
Rojas was still overtaking Diaz in the sixth and being much more aggressive. Diaz was able to overcome the seventh with a better variety of tactics and boxing combinations. Rojas set fire to eight, throwing many of his shots, but at the end of the assault it was Diaz who took charge and was backing Rojas with hard shots.
Rojas started the eighth round well, pressing, but Diaz quickly regained control, attacking and pressing with combinations to the body and head of the WBA featherweight champion.
Rojas decides to attack steadily in the ninth round, but Diaz returns to regain control with his offense. A good assault for the Puerto Rican.
In the tenth, Diaz shows off his good physical condition and speed of hitting, to put the Puerto Rican fighter in trouble. Diaz wins clear in assault.
Diaz, who was dealing with a swollen nose, braided himself into an exhausting rhythm in round 11, but in the final round, Rojas came out with everything, throwing punches more than he could. The resistance of Rojas was in full exhibition, since it did not stop to shoot and pressed to Diaz until the final bell, but it could not obtain the knockout.
In the end, Diaz's victory was indisputable, improving his record to 27-1, with 14 knockouts, while Rojas saw his record fall to 16-2-1, 19 knockouts.
In other results on this card, Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (15-0, 8 KOs) from East Los Angeles knocked out Damon "No Smilin" Allen Jr. (15-1-1, 5 KOs) from Philadelphia, while welterweight Ferdinand Kerobyan (9-0, 5 KOs) of North Hollywood, California won by unanimous decision over Mexican Jose Rivera (6-3, 4 KOs) in a six round bout.
The Irishman Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (5-0, 3 KOs) defeated Mexican Rolando Mendivil (10-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision in four rounds, while in the opening bout of the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, the weight pen Jose Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) stopped Leonardo Reyes (7-18, 3 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico, in three rounds. Follow @NotiFight