Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Rojas vs Diaz?
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz beat Jesus M Rojas by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 11th August 2018 at The Avalon in California.
The scorecards were announced as 113-115, 112-116, 111-117 in favor of winner Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the WBA featherweight championship of the world.
Rojas vs Diaz stats
Jesus M Rojas stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way to the ring with a record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 14 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Rojas had advantage in power over Diaz, with a 73% knock out percentage over Diaz's 54%.
Jesus M Rojas was the older man by 6 years, at 36 years old.
Rojas had a height advantage of 1 inch over Diaz. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Jesus M Rojas fought out of the orthodox stance, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was a southpaw.
Rojas was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2006, 6 years and 9 months earlier than Diaz, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 111 less professional rounds, 164 to Diaz's 275.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was ranked number 11 by the WBA in the 126lb division.
Rojas vs Diaz form
Diaz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Gary Russell Jr on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Victor Terrazas on 22nd February 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Rafael Rivera on 16th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Manuel Avila on 6th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had beat Andrew Cancio on 17th September 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at AT&T Stadium, Texas.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 4 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 46 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.2 rounds on average.
What time did Rojas vs Diaz start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at The Avalon, California, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Rojas vs Diaz?
Rojas vs Diaz was broadcast on Facebook Watch in the US.
What were the odds on Rojas vs Diaz?
Jesus M Rojas was a 7/2 (+350) underdog going into the contest, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way into the ring at 9/50 (-560) with oddsmakers.