Diaz beats se­condary cham­pion Ro­jas

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

In a closely-fought en­counter Joseph Diaz Jr from South El Monte, Cal­i­for­nia, won on a 12-round unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion over se­condary WBA feath­er­weight cham­pion Je­sus Ro­jas of Puerto Rico at the Avalon Theater in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day night.

The bout was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Ro­jas’ belt but Diaz failed to make the weight, so the fight went ahead as a non-ti­tle bout.

The scores were 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113.

Diaz made a fast start as he worked in close and pos­si­bly took the first two rounds, with both fight­ers con­tin­u­ing in close, ex­chang­ing punches in rounds three and four.

Ro­jas kept push­ing for­ward through rounds five to eight but was stunned with a com­bi­na­tion of punches from the south­paw Diaz in the ninth round.

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