Gary Russell Jr vs Joseph Diaz Jr

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Gary Russell Jr vs Joseph Diaz Jr
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3.5
Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Location: 
MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
126
Titles at Stake: 
WBC Featherweight World Title
Referee: 
Kenny Chevalier

Official Judging
Dave Braslow 115 - 113
Dave Moretti 117 - 111
Nathan Palmer 117 - 111

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Gary Russell Jr
                                                                    
10
9
9.90
9.80
9
9.90
10
10
10
9.50
10
9.10
Joseph Diaz Jr
                                                                    
9
10
9.10
9.20
10
9.10
9
9.10
9
9.50
9
9.90


Fan Cards: Gary Russell Jr vs Joseph Diaz Jr


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
115
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
114


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
116
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
112


scorecard by PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
116
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
117
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
111


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
115
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
113


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


scorecard by EDDIE HEARN GIRL
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GARY RUSSELL JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
117
JOSEPH DIAZ JR
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
111


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a good match up!

Gary Russell Jr's career hasn't really taken off, he is best known for his one sided UD defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko in 2014. Russell is a world champion, credit to him for that, he has been a world champion for a few years now, but it isn't great that he has only fought once in each of the years of 2015, 16, and 17, as a defending world champion, that is not enough. Russell is known for his outstanding hand speed, he hits hard, he has good offensive attributes, he is a very good combination puncher, he moves well, he is a good, solid world level fighter, but against Lomachenko, when it wasn't just a case of being extra dominant against a limited opponent, when he was tested, he was sort of found out, then again, winning probably 3-4 rounds and going the distance, against Lomachenko, under the circumstance of hos great we now know Lomachenko to be, on reflection, isn't bad, but Lomachenko was at an earlier career stage at that point.

I'm a fan of Joseph Diaz, he's a good, solid fighter, I think he's underrated, he doesn't make dramatic statements, finish guys often in explosive form, but he does everything right, does the basics very well, and go through the gears, has a good work ethic, can do 10, can do 12, just fine, and his opposition is strong, not high, this is his first serious, serious test, but his opposition has been strong, Manuel Avila, Rafael Rivera, tough, unbeaten young fighters, and he handled them both, beat them by landslides. Diaz has worked his way up, and I think now, he is getting a world title shot at the right time.

I think early, Russell will be strong, he has the speed, weight of punch, explosiveness, and he will seem to overwhelm Diaz a little bit. I think Diaz will be patient, he will start to catch Russell on the counter in round 4 or 5, and as the fight goes on, Diaz will be able to block a lot of Russell's punches, make it an inside fight at times, and when the fight is basic, Diaz might have edge down the stretch. I think Russell might rally a bit, late, I think he might be able to hurt Diaz, find a big shot and follow it up, produce a round stealing, momentum swining attack, but I think Diaz will stop Russell swinging the fight back in his favour by using his versatility, work ethic, and I can see his desire being stronger, I think the difference in activity will play a part in the fight.

I think Diaz will win this, UD, 5-7, 4-8, maybe. This is a tough one to predict, I would not be surprised if Russell defended his title.

Champion97's picture

Shame for Diaz, but what great sportsmanship he showed, and what an effort from him, this was a learning fight for him, he'll have learned a real lot from the fight, he can bounce back stronger, still be a world champion.

Brilliant from Gary Russell Jr! I expected ring rust to be more of an issue than it was, and I expected him to struggle a lot more with the offence of Diaz than he did, and I thought technically, he would run out of ideas, he didn't. That was the best I've ever seen from Russell, Diaz finished strong, dragged a tough fight out of him, and Russell kept his shape, used his experience, and when he was tested, he proved himself on a higher level than he has before, got his best win.

I think Russell learned a lot from the Lomachenko fight, winning 3-4 rounds, going 12, against Lomachenko, it has to be said, is not as bad as it seems.

I think 126 is really doing good, I think it might be top 5 for competitive divisions, I think there is a strong argument that Russell is the best at 126, Valdez, Santa Cruz vs Mares winner, Warrington, you could make a case for all, but I would definitely say Russell is better than I thought he was before this fight. Even aside from the champions, the division is competitive, Frampton boxed very well against Donaire, he's right back in the mix, Diaz held his own and did his reputation no harm, he can improve from defeat, and of course if Santa Cruz vs Mares is a really close fight, the loser is still in the mix, especially if Santa Cruz loses, Shakur Stevenson as well, inexperienced at the moment, but there are really good featherweights in boxing at the moment, that is clear.