Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Featherweight
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 33 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, 160 to Diaz's 263.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 126lb division.
Russell Jr vs Diaz form
Diaz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had 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.
Hehad won against Freddy Fonseca on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Russell Jr's last 4 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 11 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.5 rounds on average.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11 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 (-344) favourite going into the contest, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way into the ring at 11/4 (+275) with oddsmakers.