Javier Fortuna and JoJo Diaz to Face-Off in an All-Southpaw Showdown
When Ryan Garcia withdrew from a scheduled July 9 bout towards Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs), it left promoter Golden Boy promotions in a quandary. The reason Garcia cited for pulling out of the fight was to deal with mental health issues. In consequence, Golden Boy has been exhausting at work making an attempt to salvage the cardboard on that July 9 date. The purpose was to discover a substitute opponent to step within the ring towards Fortuna. It now appears to be like like GBP has discovered their man. On Could 12, The Athletic reported that former IBF World Junior Light-weight champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (31-1-1, 15 KOs) has now agreed to phrases to combat Fortuna in a light-weight contest.
2021 has not been form to Diaz. Earlier than what was to be a February 13 title protection towards necessary challenger Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, he misplaced the IBF belt on the dimensions. The 28-year-old resident of Downey, California got here in 3 1/2 kilos over the 130-pound junior light-weight restrict on the pre-fight weigh-in. It was an embarrassing lack of professionalism. The combat towards Rakhimov went on. Nonetheless, Diaz looked lackluster on the way to a 12-round majority decision draw.
Fortuna is a former WBA World Junior Light-weight champion. He’s at present on a three-fight successful streak since a disputed draw towards then-IBF World Light-weight World champion Robert Easter Jr in January of 2018. He has been a prime contender at 130 and 135 kilos since he defeated Bryan Vasquez to win the then-vacant WBA World strap in Could of 2015.
It’s a dangerous combat for the Dominican. He’s at present ranked second by the WBC at 135 kilos. His final purpose is to face present WBC World Light-weight champion Devin Haney. Any setback destroys that chance.
For Diaz, this combat is about redemption. He was on the tip of heavy criticism by followers and pundits following his draw towards Rakhimov. For one, a win over Fortuna positions him proper within the thickets of the light-weight panorama. It additionally places him again in good graces with the boxing public. Each Diaz and Fortuna are southpaws. On paper, it has the potential to be a superb combat.
A location for Fortuna v Diaz has not been introduced, however it’s anticipated that the match will air reside on DAZN. Keep tuned to 3KingsBoxing for additional particulars.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.
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