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Who won Diaz vs Fortuna?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz beat Javier Fortuna by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 9th July 2021 at Banc of California Stadium in California.
The scorecards were announced as 116-111, 117-110, 115-112 in favor of winner Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBC lightweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Gilberto Ramirez beating Sullivan Barrera. Also, on the undercard Tenkai Tsunami lost to Seniesa Estrada and Hector Tanajara was overcome by William Zepeda.
Diaz vs Fortuna stats
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz stepped into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Javier Fortuna made his way to the ring with a record of 36 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 25 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Fortuna had a large advantage in power over Diaz, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Diaz's 48%.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was the younger man by 4 years, at 28 years old.
Fortuna had 5-inch reach advantage.
Both Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz & Javier Fortuna fought out of a southpaw stance.
Diaz was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 year and 8 months later than Fortuna, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 38 more professional rounds, 251 to Fortuna's 213.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz went into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC at lightweight.
Javier Fortuna was ranked number 3 by the WBC in the 135lb division.
Diaz vs Fortuna form
Diaz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had drawn with Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on 13th February 2021 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Tevin Farmer on 30th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Meridian at Island Gardens, Florida.
Going into that contest, he had won against Jesus Cuadro on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Auditorio del Estado, Baja California, Mexico.
Before that, he had beat Freddy Fonseca on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
He had defeated Charles Huerta on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Fortuna had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Antonio Lozada Jr on 21st November 2020 by knockout in the 6th round at Staples Center, LA, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Jesus Andres Cuellar on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Sharif Bogere on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Before that, he had defeated Adrian Granados on 16th June 2018 by unanimous decision at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas.
Hehad been beaten by Robert Easter Jr on 20th January 2018 by split decision in their IBF World Lightweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had been fighting more than Javier Fortuna.
Going to this contest, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had last fought 8 months and 6 days ago, while Javier Fortuna's last outing had been 10 months and 28 days ago.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 53 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.6 rounds on average.
Fortuna's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
What time did Diaz vs Fortuna start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at Banc of California Stadium, California, United States, which was around 2:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Diaz vs Fortuna?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Javier Fortuna made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.