Diaz Defeats Rojas, But Wins No Title
Joseph Diaz Jr. walked away the victor at the Avalon in Hollywood, but he still did not win the WBA “regular” featherweight title.
In a hard-hitting and brutal war, Diaz Jr. defeated Jesus Rojas, the WBA champion, by unanimous decision. Since Diaz Jr. missed weight the day prior, he was not eligible to win the WBA title but according to WBA rules, if a champion makes weight for a title fight while the challenger does not, then the champion retains the title regardless of the fight result.
The fight saw Diaz start off by throwing numerous combinations to Rojas, but Rojas also landed some clean power punches of his own.
Rojas’ power punches started to take it’s toll on Diaz, whose face started to swell up and even made it a little tough to breathe at times. Regardless, Diaz continued to pressure forward and land combinations that would win him the rounds. As far as power punching landing on the body is concerned, both fighters landed a fairly similar percentage of their power shots with Rojas landing 30.5 percent of his shots while Diaz connected on 34 percent of his big punches, according to Compubox.
After the fight, Diaz said he would love to fight for the title for real and make weight, but also said if that is not possible, then he would move up in weight as he called himself a big featherweight. Diaz’s last fight prior to the one against Rojas was a unanimous decision loss to WBC champion Gary Russell Jr.