Joseph Diaz

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Joseph Diaz
Statistics
Real nameJoseph Pedroza Diaz Jr.
Nickname(s)JoJo
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach64 in (163 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 26)
South El Monte, California, U.S.
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins29
Wins by KO15
Losses1
Draws0
No contests0

Joseph Pedroza Diaz Jr. (born November 23, 1992) from South El Monte, California is an American boxer who competed in the 2012 Olympics as a bantamweight[1] and is the current NABF Featherweight Champion.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Joseph is of Mexican descent.[3] He attended Kranz Intermediate at the age of 12-14. He is left-handed and fights southpaw. As a child he played baseball but took up boxing to learn self-defense. He is coached by his father.[4] He attended South El Monte High School.

Amateur career[edit]

Prior to the Olympic Trials, Joseph was the two-time reigning national champion at bantamweight that included a win over Antonio Nieves.[5] Diaz became the first American boxer to qualify for the 2012 Olympics by becoming a quarter-finalist at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he defeated both 2004 Olympic silver medalist Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand and former world championship bronze medalist Óscar Valdez of Mexico but lost to Lázaro Álvarez.[6] Díaz was the 2011 U.S. National Champion at Featherweight at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[7] Diaz fought in the 2010-11 World Series of Boxing

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he beat Pavlo Ishchenko, but ran into Alvarez in his second fight and lost again.

World Series of Boxing record[edit]

1 Win, 1 Loss
Result Record Team Opponent (Team) Score Date Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Los Angeles Matadors Mexico Braulio Ávila (Mexico Guerreros) 0-3 2011-04-13 United States Los Angeles, U.S.
Win 1–0 Los Angeles Matadors Germany Ronny Beblik (Memphis Force) 3-0 2011-02-28 United States Memphis, U.S.

Professional career[edit]

Diaz made his professional debut in 2012 against Vincent Alfaro winning by Unanimous Decision in four rounds and also scored a knockdown in the fourth,then on February 2, 2013 Diaz would go on to fight Jose Ruiz of Puerto Rico and win by TKO on the undercard of Frankie Gomez vs Lanard Lane.

On May 9, 2015, Diaz defeated Giovanni Delgado via unanimous decision on the undercard of the Saul Alvarez vs James Kirkland fight. He stepped up competition against veteran Rene Alvarado in a fight televised on HBO Latino in July 2015 and on Dec. 18, Diaz Jr. defeated Hugo Partida and earned the NABF Featherweight Title.[2] He has since successfully defended his title twice against Jayson Velez and Victor Proa.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 29 wins 1 loss
By knockout 15 0
By decision 14 1
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Win 29–1 Nicaragua Freddy Fonseca TKO 7 2019-05-04 United States T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28–1 United States Charles Huerta UD 10 2019-02-09 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 27–1 Puerto Rico Jesús Rojas UD 12 2018-08-11 United States Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles, U.S.
Loss 26–1 United States Gary Russell Jr. UD 12 2018-05-19 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. For WBC featherweight title
Win 26–0 Mexico Victor Terrazas KO 3 2018-02-22 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Retained NABF and NABO featherweight titles
Win 25–0 Mexico Rafael Rivera UD 12 2017-09-16 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada Retained NABO featherweight title
Win 24–0 United States Manuel Ávila UD 10 2017-05-06 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada Won vacant NABO featherweight title;
Retained NABF featherweight title
Win 23–0 Mexico Horacio Garcia UD 10 2016-12-17 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California Retained NABF featherweight title
Win 22–0 United States Andrew Cancio TKO 9 2016-09-17 United States AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas Retained NABF featherweight title
Win 21–0 Mexico Victor Proa KO 2 2016-07-30 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Retained NABF featherweight title
Win 20–0 Puerto Rico Jayson Velez UD 10 2016-04-23 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Retained NABF featherweight title
Win 19–0 Mexico Hugo Partida TKO 2 2015-12-18 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Won vacant NABF featherweight title
Win 18–0 Mexico Ruben Tamayo UD 10 2015-10-23 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 17–0 Nicaragua Rene Alvarado UD 10 2015-07-11 United States LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Win 16–0 Mexico Giovanni Delgado UD 10 2015-05-09 United States Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Win 15–0 Mexico Juan Luis Hernandez TKO 3 2015-03-06 United States Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Win 14–0 Mexico Jose Angel Beranza UD 10 2014-12-08 United States Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas
Win 13–0 Mexico Roberto Castaneda RTD 4 (10) 2014-11-13 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 12–0 Mexico Raul Hidalgo TKO 7 2014-09-29 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 11–0 Mexico Ramiro Robles UD 10 2014-07-09 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10–0 Mexico Luis Maldonado UD 6 2014-04-26 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Joivany Fuentes TKO 5(8) 2014-03-08 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–0 Mexico Carlos Rodriguez TKO 7(8) 2013-12-13 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 7–0 United States Noel Mendoza KO 3(6) 2013-08-24 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Win 6–0 Puerto Rico Luis Cosme KO 1(6) 2013-7-20 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 5–0 Mexico Rigoberto Casillas RTD 3(6) 2013-06-08 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 4–0 Dominican Republic Eric Gotay TKO 3(6) 2013-05-03 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 Mexico Alberto Cupido UD 6 2013-03-16 Mexico Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Win 2–0 Puerto Rico Jose Ruiz TKO 2(4) 2013-02-02 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1–0 Mexico Vicente Afaro UD 4 2012-12-15 United States LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120515233338/http://www.nbcolympics.com/team-usa/meet-the-team/news%3Dboxing-u-s-men.html. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Diaz Jr. Faces Hugo Partida For NABF Title - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  3. ^ Corrales, Danny. "No Hablo Espanol with Boxer Joseph 'Jo Jo' Diaz". ESPN. Espn.com. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ Kevin Baxter (2012-05-07). "Boxer Joseph Diaz Jr.'s biggest motivation is helping his family - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  5. ^ "Joseph Diaz Jr. - Top Amateur Focuses on London - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ "Diaz Becomes First American to Qualify for London - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ "California Leaves Its Mark on The Olympic Trials - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2016-02-20.