Diaz Looks For Upset Against Russell Jr

The same way that Lee Selby doesn’t care that he’s walking in to Josh Warrington’s hometown, JoJo Diaz also doesn’t care that he’s walking into Gary Russell Jr’s hometown on May 19th.

Diaz is looking for his first world championship and while he respects Russell, Diaz knows that he has to topple the Baltimore native to be the king of the 126 pound division. “I want to fight the best at 126 pounds and I want to show all the fans that I’m the real deal,” Diaz claimed heading into fight week.

“By fighting and bringing on the toughest 126 pounders like Gary Russell Jr., and defeating him, that’s going to showcase to the whole boxing world that I am the real deal and I will be the king at 126 pounds.”

The Los Angeles area fighter refuses to bash Russell’s inactivity, he knows even though “he’s been inactive and used to fighting just once a year now.” there is still danger in the WBC champion’s hands.

“What makes him so dangerous is he’s very, very speedy and has great hand speed. And not only that but he knows how to use his hand speed and counter when guys are opening up,” claimed Diaz.

“He will try and land his power shots, but they’re not going to be effective because I’m the bigger fighter.”

This is more than a fight for Diaz, this is the culmination of a dream for the United States Olympian.  If he is able to pull of what some are calling an “upset” on May 19th, he is looking forward to one thing, bringing that title home.

“I need to bring this WBC belt back to L.A. and to South El Monte. I’ll be the first champion coming out of there and I’m a role model to a lot of youth. That’s what makes me hungry and I’m one hundred percent confident I’ll be the champion and we will have a big parade in South El Monte, and you’re all invited!

Gary Russell Jr defends his WBC world featherweight championship against Jojo Diaz Jr on May 19th from the MGM National Harbor in Baltimore Maryland. The fight is set to air on Showtime at 10:05pm ET as part of a double header with the WBC light heavyweight championship fight between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

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