Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Lightweight
When is Diaz vs Garcia?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz could face Ryan Garcia in Spring 2022 in the United States.
The fight would be scheduled for 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Diaz vs Garcia stats
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz would step into the ring with a record of 32 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ryan Garcia would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 21 wins and 0 draws, with 18 of those by knock out.
The stats suggest Garcia would have a massive power advantage over Diaz, boosting at 86% knock out percentage over Diaz's 47%.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz is the older man by 5 years, at 28 years old.
Garcia has a height advantage of 4 inches over Diaz. This also extends to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz fights out of the southpaw stance, while Ryan Garcia is an orthodox fighter.
Diaz is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 13 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 years and 5 months earlier than Garcia, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He has fought 184 more professional rounds, 251 to Garcia's 67.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz goes into the fight ranked number 5 by the RING at lightweight.
Ryan Garcia is currently ranked number 2 by the WBC and 2 by the RING in the 135lb division.
Diaz vs Garcia form
Diaz has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he defeated Javier Fortuna on 9th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Banc of California Stadium, California, United States.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Tevin Farmer on 30th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Meridian at Island Gardens, Florida.
Before that, he had beat Jesus Cuadro on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Auditorio del Estado, Baja California, Mexico.
He had won against Freddy Fonseca on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Garcia remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Francisco Fonseca on 14th February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Honda Center, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Romero Duno on 2nd November 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jose Lopez on 30th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Before that, he had won against Braulio Rodriguez on 15th December 2018 by knockout in the 5th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Hehad defeated Carlos Morales on 1st September 2018 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
In terms of recent activity, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz has been fighting more than Ryan Garcia.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz last fought 3 months and 10 days ago, while Ryan Garcia's last outing was 1 year, 8 months and 5 days ago.
Diaz's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 11 rounds on average.
Garcia's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 18 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Diaz vs Garcia?
Ryan Garcia is currently (+100) to win the contest outright, while you can get (+100) on Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz if you fancy the incredible upset.