Photos: Lina Baker
Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr 23-0 (13KO’s) left Horacio Garcia 30-2 (21KO’s) in the dust with a dominant boxing performance over ten one sided rounds. Diaz was faster, more accurate, stronger, and just more polished than the Mexican slugger and the judges gave him every round on scores of 100-90 on all three cards.
“I knew I was facing a tough, experienced opponent, so my plan was to go in there and get him using my jabs, angles and everything I worked on in my training camp,” said Joseph Diaz, Jr. “I came in and got what I wanted and I’m very happy with the outcome.”
“It was a power versus speed fight,” said Horacio Garcia. “For every power punch I would throw, he would throw two. I agree with the judge’s decision, and we’ll hit the gym to make the adjustments.”
Diaz has reached the point in his career where Golden Boy may have to start making some concessions to get him into the ring with fighters outside of the company. The obvious huge bout in Los Angeles where Diaz is a darling son of the city is a collision with fellow Los Angeles trained and city favorite Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez. Valdez is promoted by rival Top Rank and had a sensational year in2016 winning a world title and fighting on the highly publicized undercards of Manny Pacquiao.
The televised broadcast began with WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk 11-0 (10KO’s) in a defense against Thabiso Mchunu 17-3 (11KO’s). Usyk had a sizeable height and reach advantage and Mchunu fought like he knew it.
Usyk, dominated with a left jab that came at Mchunu like a pool cue until dropping him twice in the ninth round of a dominant performance. Mchunu couldn’t get inside of Usyk and paid the price for lingering on the outside of a fighter with a good one two combination.
Yamaguchi Falcao 12-0 (5KO’s) didn’t have to do much to stop German Perez 10-2-3 (3KO’s) in the first round. Perez did all the work for Falcao by twisting his leg and injuring himself taking a knee. Perez had his leg placed in a splint and was taken out of the ring by available medical teams.
Jason Quigley 12-0 (9KO’s) put a quick end to what should have been a decent test in Puerto Rican Jorge Melendez 28-8-1 (26KO’s). Quigley, from Donegal Ireland impressed with a destructive first round knockout. “He came out throwing big shots, he took risks but my timing was on and I was picking my shots as they landed.” Said Quigley following the fight.
A hard right hook left upper cut combination put Melendez down about one minute into the start of the first. Melendez would beat the count but go back down quickly from a left hook and rebound to his feet for a third knockdown. Melendez’s corner had seen enough of their man in trouble and waved the towel to save him.