Tuesday, March 20, 2018  |


Joseph Diaz Jr. scores third-round KO of Victor Terrazas, calls out Gary Russell Jr.


Joseph Diaz Jr. is waiting for his mandatory title shot against WBC featherweight titleholder Gary Russell Jr., but he isn’t doing so idly.

While Russell remains on the sideline, Diaz keeps fighting and did so again Thursday with a third-round knockout of former titleholder Victor Terrazas in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in Fantasy Springs, California.

The stoppage was Diaz’s first in five outings, a powerful left hand to the body that dropped Terrazas to his knees while referee Eddie Hernandez counted 10 as Round 3 expired.

“I already knew I had the power in me, I just never showcased it, I wanted to be technically sound.” said Diaz, THE RING’s No. 7-rated 126-pounder. “This fight, I really wanted to bring out the power so I could show everybody I can take someone out.”

Diaz (26-0, 14 knockouts) showed off his power from the opening bell. The 25-year-old Olympian dropped Terrazas with a digging left to the midsection, and then later did so with another left, this time upstairs, for a second Round 1 knockdown.

It was no surprise given the 35-year-old Mexican’s recent performances. Terrazas (38-5-2, 21 KOs) narrowly outpoined Cristian Mijares in 2013, but later in 2013, he was stopped in three rounds by Leo Santa Cruz. It would be about three years until Terrazas would fight again, and he barely escaped with an eight-round decision over journeyman Cristian Arrazola.

The following fight, he was knocked out again, this time by Eduardo Hernandez. Sure, Diaz was simply staying busy, but he looked good, and now he’s ready for a far bigger assignment.

“Gary, let’s make the fight happen, enough waiting around, enough games, let’s sign the contract and give the fans the fight,” Diaz said. “I’m ready to fight next month if Gary wants to fight next month. I’m back in the gym Monday.”

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • ceylon mooney

    he might need 4 more stay busy fights and a half a million dollars “stepinside” money before GRjr wants to bother with it.

    man thatll be a huge step up. cant wait. jojo diaz seems to do everything really well.

    • Mauro Hermida

      There will be a noticeable difference in handspeed. Diaz has been faster than everyone he has faced, so wondering how he deals with someone who will hit him with shots he may not see.

      • ceylon mooney

        u think he has the goods to handle GRjrs handspeed?

        • Mauro Hermida

          I don’t know. Also, Russell has spent his career fighting nobodies. The one time he stepped up, he lost. Then again, he blew out Gonzalez, who was chinny to begin with. That was pretty impressive. Diaz is skilled, but I have never seen him in with a guy that could really threaten him, so don’t know how he will react. We also don’t know what his chin is like. I will got with Russell in this one.

  • Gian Torres

    Was fapping to porn and forgot this fight was on last night. SMH…

  • Mauro Hermida

    Isnt Terrazas a former 118 or 122 pounder? I like Diaz but that guy cannot punch. If Russell is at 100 percent, gotta favor him.

  • Dee Money

    Fun to watch JoJo go at it, though to be fair the pro GBP announcing was a bit much. I wonder who those two dudes were who were building him up (wink)?