Joseph Diaz Jr. stays undefeated with win over Garcia

Joseph Diaz Jr. stays undefeated with win over Garcia

December 17, 2016


INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Former 2012 Olympian, Joseph Diaz Jr., was able to rely on his counter punching ability to achieve the unanimous decision victory over Horacio Garcia Saturday night December 17, at the Forum.

Diaz Jr., who is from South El Monte, California, was fighting from the defensive position for most of the ten-round bout. Garcia (30-2-1, 22 KOs) was more of the aggressor, but Diaz Jr. was able to respond well by connecting with loud hooks to the body, along with crisp combinations. Eddie Reynoso, who also trains superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, was giving the corner instructions to Garcia as he attempted to give the 24-year-old Diaz Jr. his first defeat. 

I knew I was facing a tough, experienced opponent, so my plan was to go in there and get him using my jabs, angles and everything I worked on in my training camp. I came in and got what I wanted and I’m very happy with the outcome.
— Joseph Diaz Jr.

With the win, Diaz Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) retained his NABF featherweight title and kept his record unblemished. Diaz Jr. is arguably Golden Boy Promotions' fastest rising prospect and should be in line for a world title shot sometime within the next year. Fighters such as Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton and Oscar Valdez are just some of the more prominent names in the division. Valdez currently has the WBO world title and has a past with Diaz Jr. from the amateurs, which could make for an interesting matchup now that both have turned professional and are riding waves of success. 


Daniel Zaldivar is a Senior Editor for Frontproof Media and also contributes to page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxin

(Feature photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos - Golden Boy)

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