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WBA gold super featherweight champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (30-1, 15 KOs) overcame the awkward style of Jesus “Escopeta” Cuadro (18-5, 14 KOs) to win a twelve round majority decision on Saturday night at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. Diaz’ activity pushed him over the top in a slow-paced tactical affair that never heated up. Scores were 116-112, 115-113, 114-114.
“This was my first time fighting in Mexicali, and I want to thank everyone for the support,” said Diaz afterward. “This was a good test and a warmup for the next one. I hurt my left hand early in the fight by hitting Cuadro in the elbow. That’s why I didn’t want to take too many risks and make things worse. Either way, I still showed that I’m a fighter who can box, attack and defend.
“Now, I want Tevin Farmer. Let’s get the show on the road. Whether in November or December, let’s do it!”
Cuadro commented, “I think a draw would have been valid. Diaz Jr. is strong, hits hard and fights really well at half distance. But I landed a lot of punches as well and he decreased his output for a bit in the fight. It was a very close fight.”