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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 vacant IBF super featherweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Patrick Teixeira was defeated by Brian Carlos Castano for the WBO World Junior Middleweight championship, Ronny Rios beat Oscar Negrete 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 28 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 159 more professional rounds, 239 to Rakhimov's 80.
Diaz vs Rakhimov form
Diaz had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Tevin Farmer on 30th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Meridian at Island Gardens, Florida, United States.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had beat Freddy Fonseca on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Charles Huerta on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
He had won against Jesus M Rojas on 11th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at The Avalon, California.
Rakhimov remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated 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 defeated 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 beat Robinson Castellanos on 19th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at DIVS, Ekaterinburg.
Before that, he had won against Emanuel Lopez on 9th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk.
He had beat 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 1 year, 2 months and 18 days ago, while Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov's last outing had been 1 year, 6 months and 19 days ago.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 6 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.
Rakhimov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 15 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 (-192) favourite going into the contest, while Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov made his way into the ring at 36/25 (+144) with oddsmakers.