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Diaz Jr. vs. Rakhimov results: JoJo Diaz and Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov battle to a majority draw

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Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. was fighting for his future against Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., because he came in 3.6 pounds overweight and was forced to relinquish his IBF junior lightweight title.

His future was hanging in the balance, but Diaz roared back to secure a majority draw with Rakhimov (115-113 Diaz, 114-114, 114-114). DAZN News scored the fight 115-113 for Diaz. Due to the result, the IBF belt remains vacant.

 

“I’m not disappointed at all. I know who I am," Diaz said in his post-fight interview. "I work hard, man, I’m a hard worker. I’m a disciplined fighter."

“It just wasn’t my night. I couldn’t make the weight like I used to. They don’t have no sauna here, they had me walking around my room with the f—ing heater on. It was completely different to how a professional, world title fight should be.

"I had to try to adapt to it, but my body just felt weak and I couldn’t do it. My health is more important. I still came out here and fought, and I’m not gonna risk my life trying to make the weight, really deplete myself and get hurt in the ring.

"There’s no need to f—ing please anybody. I’m doing this for myself and my family. That’s the person that I need to look out for, myself and nobody else.”

Diaz (31-1-1, 15 KOs) started out trying to go for the finish by countering Rakhimov. But Diaz slowed down a bit, and Rakimov (15-0-1, 12 KOs) took advantage in the middle rounds. He came out firing hard left hands, stunning Diaz on more than one occasion. 

Entering the ninth round, Rakhimov appeared to be a couple of rounds away from winning his first major world title. To Diaz's credit, he showed championship mettle by being the aggressor and the better boxer to wear Rakhimov down, as the final horn sounded for the draw. 

It is unknown what will be next for Diaz and Rakhimov. A rematch with the belt on the line would make the most sense. 

Here is what happened at Diaz vs. Rakhimov.

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Teixeira-Castano Round 7

Castano is fun to watch. He doesn't respect what Teixeira is bringing. He's standing right in the pocket and willing to trade shot for shot. Teixeira needs to show some strength and let Castano know he isn't going away. (10-9 Castano, 69-64 Castano)

Teixeira-Castano Round 6

Castano is continuing to apply a ton of pressure. All Texieira is doing is keeping his back on the ropes and letting Castano go to work. Castano's making it look easy at this point. (10-9 Castano, 59-55 Castano)

Teixeira-Castano Round 5

This is the best round for Teixeira so far. He's dictating the pace and not allowing Castano to get going. He's landing uppercuts and body shots, which is deterring Castano a bit. (10-9 Teixeira, 49-46 Castano)

Teixeira-Castano Round 4

This has been a highly entertaining round. Both guys are letting it hang out. They are mixing up the variety of their punches. Teixiera is willing to eat three-four shots to land a hard one to the body. Castano's a ball of fire. He's constantly moving and not letting up. (10-9 Castano, 40-36 Castano)

Texieira-Castano Round 3

Castano is continuing his method of attack. Teixeira is having a hard time attempting to figure it out. He has to throw and throw often. It cannot be one shot at a time. (10-9 Castano, 30-27 Castano)

Teixiera-Castano Round 2

Castano is fighting the right way. He's not letting Teixeira use his physical advantages and just letting it all hang out. Texieira is starting to get into a little bit of a rhythm. He needs to get on the inside and use his power. (Castano 10-9, Castano 20-18)

Patrick Teixeira-Brian Castano Round 1

Castano is the aggressor early on. He's jumping in and trying to land anything. Texiera is content right now in just working on the outside and throwing the jab. (Castano 10-9)

Time for the co-main event

The co-main event of Diaz vs. Rakhimov is here as Patrick Teixeira defends the WBO junior middleweight title against Brian Castano. Teixeira (31-1, 22 KOs) won the belt in his last time out in a bloody war versus Carlos Adames. Castano (16-0-1, 12 KOs) returns from a 15-month layoff when he stopped Wale Omotoso in November 2019.

Castano is a heavy favorite even though Teixeira holds every physical advantage. Let's see what happens. 

 

Ronny Rios wins lopsided decision over Oscar Negrete

Rios def. Negrete by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91). Couldn't have asked for a better performance from Rios. He looked fantastic. He was the aggressor throughout. He started by pounding Negrete's body and finished by throwing combinations to the head and body. Don't remember the last time Rios looked that good. 

Rios has won three in a row. His work ethic is there and he's going to be an extremely tough out. 

Rios dominating

Ronny Rios is dominating through four rounds. He's been battering Negrete's body at will and not letting up. Negrete needs to counter the attack of Rios or he's going to get stopped. 

Ronny Rios returns

Right now at Diaz vs. Rakhimov, Ronny Rios (32-3, 16 KOs) takes on Oscar Negrete (19-2-2, 7 KOs). Rios comes in having won his last two fights by knockout. 

This should be a fun bout as both guys like to sling the leather. 

Shane Mosley Jr. earns stoppage win

Mosley def. Olivas by knockout at 3:00 of the fifth round. The referee and corner stopped the fight after the fifth round came to a conclusion because Olivas' right eye was swollen shut and he could no longer continue. 

Mosley found a weakeness early on by throwing the left hook and the jab. Continuously doing that closed Oliva's eye shut in the middle of the fourth round. Mosley made it target practice from there, connecting with hard left hooks and a straight right jab. 

Olivas' corner told him after the fourth round that if he didn't show anything than they'd stop it. Mosley continued the assault in the fifth. When Olivas was walking back to his corner, his team and the referee waved it off.

Olivas had never been stopped until now. That's a feather in Mosley's cap. Mosley has said he's ready for a title shot. I don't think he's there yet. One or two more fights should get him there.

Shane Mosley Jr. returns to action

Up next at Diaz vs. Rakhimov is Shane Mosley Jr. (16-3, 9 KOs) meeting Cristian Olivas (20-7, 17 KOs) in middleweight action. Mosley, the son of Shane Sr., was supposed to face Jason Quigley but the former had to pull out. 

Bektemir Melikuziev knocks out Morgan Fitch

Melikuziev def. Fitch by knockout at 2:08 of the third round. Melikuziev dominated from start to finish. His striking was on point and he didn't miss often. He sent Fitch to the canvas at the early in the third round. Fitch didn't look like he wanted to be in there anymore. Melikuziev made sure Fitch wouldn't make it to the fourth but landing a hard left hand above the belt line to finish things off.

An impressive showing by Melikuziev. He just wants to fight against anyone at any time. Can't wait to see him against quality opposition,

 

 

Main card begins

The main card of Diaz vs. Rakhimov begins with Bektemir Melikuziev (6-0, 5 KOs) facing Morgan Fitch (19-4-1, 8 KOs) in super middleweight action. Melikuziev had been set to fight Sergey Kovalev at the end of Janaury but the former light heavyweight titlist failed two drug tests. 

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of Joseph "JoJo" Diaz vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov. Diaz was stripped of the IBF junior lightweight title after coming in 3.6 pounds overweight, so Rakhimov will be the only one competing for the belt. Sit back, relax and enjoy what should be an exciting night of action.

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