Jo Jo Diaz looks impressive in KO win over Hidalgo
Blue chip prospect Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz 12-0 8KO’s scored a 7th round stoppage of Raul Hidalgo 21-12 16KO’s. Diaz a 2012 Olympian and highly touted prospect thoroughly dominated the overmatched Hidalgo.
Diaz dropped Hidalgo a minute and a half into the first round with a right hook that appeared to catch him off balance to set the tone for the rest of the fight. Diaz looked sharp, was crisp and displayed good fundamentals in his second 10 round outing. Hidalgo simply had no answers during the fight and lost every round until he was knocked down three times in the seventh. A left hook to the body sent Hidalgo down for the first time in the round followed by a left right combo in the corner to drop him a second time. Diaz put the cherry on top with a left right downstairs, upstairs combo to put Hidalgo away for good.
Simply put Diaz looked good and is starting to show the promise everyone had for him coming out of the Olympics. Good looks, articulate and well-spoken Diaz fits the mold of a star that Golden Boy can build into a premium cable stalwart. I would expect to see him in his next few fights to start fighting on the undercards of Canelo Alvarez or now with the thaw between Golden Boy and Top Rank possibly on the undercard of Cotto or Paquiao to start building his brand.
Southpaw junior welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. 19-2 16KO’s stopped Nelson Lara 15-6-5 8KO’s in the 8th round with a left right combo that staggered then dropped Lara. Maldonado then jumped on Lara prompting referee Tony Garcia to stop the fight. Lara started slow but had his moments during the second half of the fight when Maldonado decided to stand and trade. Maldonado controlled much of the fight using his jab and speed to land from the outside, his decision to stand and trade made what should have been an easy fight much more difficult than it could have been.
Ricardo Alvarez 24-3-3 13KO’s won a UD over John Michael Johnson 31-10 23KO’s in a comeback fight after his loss to Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson. Alvarez controlled the distance and landed the cleaner punches while Johnson for the most part followed Alvarez around the ring. Johnson did get busier during the second half of the 8 round bout and showed the 46 year old fighter was not a lamb for the slaughter in a comeback fight designed to make a fighter like Alvarez look good in.