May 19 2018
Saturday

MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States

12 rounds contest @ Featherweight
28-1-0
UD 12

Score cards

  • 115-113
  • 117-111
  • 117-111
UD 12
26-0-0

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Belts on The Line

WBC World Featherweight Championship

The tape

34
Age
30
5' 5" / 164 cm
Height
5' 6" / 168 cm
64.2" / 163 cm
Reach
64.2" / 163 cm
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Southpaw (L)

Tape record

TKOTKOTKOUDMD
Form
KOUDUDUDTKO
28
Wins
26
17
By KO
14
61
KO%
54
1
Loses
0
0
Draws
0
2009
Debut
2012

Tape rankings @ Featherweight

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The Ring
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WBA
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WBC
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WBO
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Gary Russell Jr vs Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz report

Who won Russell Jr vs Diaz?

Gary Russell Jr beat Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 19th May 2018 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The scorecards were announced as 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of winner Gary Russell Jr.

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 WBC featherweight championship of the world.

Russell Jr vs Diaz stats

Gary Russell Jr stepped into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 26 wins and 0 draws, with 14 of those by knock out.

The stats suggested Russell Jr had a slight advantage in power over Diaz, with a 61% knock out percentage over Diaz's 54%.

Gary Russell Jr was the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.

Diaz had a height advantage of 1 inch over Russell Jr. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.

Both Gary Russell Jr & Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz fought out of a southpaw stance.

Russell Jr was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 3 years and 10 months earlier than Diaz, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 103 less professional rounds, 172 to Diaz's 275.

Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 126lb division.

Russell Jr vs Diaz form

Russell Jr had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Oscar Escandon on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated Patrick Hyland on 16th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket.

Going into that contest, he had beat Jhonny Gonzalez on 28th March 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.

Before that, he had won against Christopher Martin on 20th December 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton.

He had been beaten by Vasyl Lomachenko on 21st June 2014 by majority decision in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at StubHub Center, Carson.

Diaz had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Victor Terrazas on 22nd February 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.

Previous to that, he had beat Rafael Rivera on 16th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Manuel Avila on 6th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Before that, he had won against Andrew Cancio on 17th September 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at AT&T Stadium, Texas.

He had defeated Andrew Cancio on 17th September 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at AT&T Stadium, Texas.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz had been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.

Going to this contest, Gary Russell Jr had last fought 5 years, 6 months and 11 days ago, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz's last outing had been 4 years, 9 months and 9 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 5 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.

Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 2 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.

What time did Russell Jr vs Diaz start?

The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.

Who broadcast Russell Jr vs Diaz?

Russell Jr vs Diaz was broadcast on ShowTime in the US.

What were the odds on Russell Jr vs Diaz?

Gary Russell Jr was a 29/100 (-340) favourite going into the contest, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way into the ring at 11/4 (+280) with oddsmakers.

Gary Russell Jr vs Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz news

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Diaz

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Joseph Diaz

108

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