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Who won Diaz vs Rakhimov?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz drew with Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov by majority draw in their 12 round contest on Saturday 13th February 2021 at Fantasy Springs Casino in California.
The scorecards were announced as 115-113, 114-114, 114-114, meaning it was a majority draw.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 130 pounds (9.3 stone or 59 KG).
This contest was for the IBF super featherweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Ronny Rios was victorious over Oscar Negrete, Patrick Teixeira lost to Brian Carlos Castano for the WBO World Junior Middleweight belt and Bektemir Melikuziev defeated Morgan Fitch.
Diaz vs Rakhimov stats
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz stepped into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 12 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Rakhimov had a massive power advantage over Diaz, boosting at 80% knock out percentage over Diaz's 48%.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was the older man by 2 years, at 30 years old.
Rakhimov had a height advantage of 3 inches over Diaz.
Both Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz & Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov fought out of a southpaw stance.
Diaz was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 17 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 years and 11 months earlier than Rakhimov, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 184 more professional rounds, 275 to Rakhimov's 91.
Diaz vs Rakhimov form
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Devin Haney on 4th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Javier Fortuna on 9th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Banc of California Stadium, California.
Going into that 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.
Before 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.
He had defeated Jesus Cuadro on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Auditorio del Estado, Baja California, Mexico.
Rakhimov remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Azinga Fuzile on 29th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Orient Theatre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Previous to that, he had won against Rofhiwa Maemu on 23rd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Robinson Castellanos on 19th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at DIVS, Ekaterinburg.
Before that, he had beat Emanuel Lopez on 9th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk.
He had won against Jimmy Paypa on 5th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round at DIVS, Ekaterinburg.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had been fighting more than Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov.
Going to this contest, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had last fought 11 months and 28 days ago, while Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov's last outing had been 3 years, 2 months and 3 days ago.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 60 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 12 rounds on average.
Rakhimov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
What time did Diaz vs Rakhimov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Diaz vs Rakhimov?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was a 13/25 (-190) favourite going into the contest, while Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov made his way into the ring at 36/25 (+140) with oddsmakers.