Boxing Preview: JoJo Diaz tries for title again
JoJo tries for a title again!
Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. will go for his second world title fight after losing to Gary Russell Jr. earlier this year as he hoped to capture the WBC featherweight title, as Diaz will fight Jesus Rojas for the WBA “regular” featherweight title at The Avalon in Hollywood, Ca.
Diaz Jr. will be thrust back into the spotlight after his lone career loss in a marquee placement that will have a lot of onlookers on the newly formed FaceBook streaming of the fight via Diaz Jr’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions.
Diaz Jr. is a favorite, but he must be careful as despite a long layoff for Jesus Rojas, Rojas has elite power at the division. The concern leading into the bout is; does Joesph Diaz Jr. know his identity as a boxer. If he does and chooses to stick and move, he should win, but if he gets into a fight near his hometown of El Monte, Ca, who knows?
Damon Allen vs. Jonathan Navarro
In a bout of super featherweights looking to move from relatively unknown Golden Boy fighters looking to graduate into prospects, Damon Allen Jr. will face Jonathan Navarro in a battle of undefeated fighters.
Allen is the more talented fighter and Navarro is a come forward aggressor, both of whom have flaws, but with the right development could turn into good fighters. They also seem to be fighters Golden Boy has no clue what to do with as Allen has fought buried on undercards and Navarro typically has fought after television on Thursday night ESPN cards as the walkout bout.
In short, the loser of this bout will be in a lot of trouble.
Emilio Sanchez vs. Christopher Martin
Featherweight Emilio Sanchez got brutally knocked out in his last bout to Eugene Lagos off-television, now Sanchez is returning dropping his old trainer Manny Robles and adding Joel Diaz as he faces Christopher Martin at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
Sanchez is a Southern California pocket fighter, who has pedigree and talent but also finds himself too willing to throw punches with his foe. Christopher Martin is a prison guard, who has upset prospects in the past.
This is the barometer for Emilio Sanchez, if he can’t beat Martin, he is no longer an A-side fighter.
Also on the undercard, Hector Tanajara Jr., the standout amateur will be in the co-main event in an eight-round bout. Tanajara Jr. trains at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy in Riverside, CA.