Joseph Diaz vs Rafael Rivera

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Joseph Diaz vs Rafael Rivera
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Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Location: 
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
126

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round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Joseph Diaz
                                                                    
9.66
10
9.66
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Rafael Rivera
                                                                    
9.33
9
9.33
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9


Fan Cards: Joseph Diaz vs Rafael Rivera


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSEPH DIAZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL RIVERA
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSEPH DIAZ
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL RIVERA
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSEPH DIAZ
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
118
RAFAEL RIVERA
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
110


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I like this match up, should be a good fight to watch.

Joseph Diaz is a good fighter, he is still untested, he's a young prospect, we don't know how good a boxer he is, but he is building up, raising his level opposition each time he fights, I think he could be a great fighter one day, he has some very good skills, solid all round boxer, that's for sure. I think Diaz is improving consistently, and that is very good to see, it could be key to the answer that he will exceed expectations, and achieve bigger things than people think one day.

I know almost nothing about Rafael Rivera, I know he's only 23, a tough, unbeaten Mexican boxer, I can tell he is a good fighter just by looking at his record, he took the fight on short notice, I think he'll step into the ring as a decent boxer at this level, a tough, stereotypical Mexican who can soak up punishment for a while if he has to, whilst being, young, athletic, and active in the ring, I'm sure he'll try his best to win the fight.

I think Diaz will aim to box within himself early, but Rivera will make him work, make him uncomfortable for a short while, but Diaz will be happy work at the pace which Rivera tries to force. I think Diaz will settle into the fight around round 3 or 4, find his rhythm, begin to outbox Rivera. I think Diaz will be ahead 4-2/5-1/6-0 after the first half of the fight. Diaz will outbox Rivera, who begins to tire in this round (round 7), and in rounds 8 and 9, he will take advantage, pick the pace up, start to really punish Rivera, who is still determined to get himself back in the fight and somehow win. I think Diaz will drift into cruise control in rounds 10 and 11, as an exhausted Rivera has less snap in his shots, and slower feet than he did earlier in the fight, and Diaz, patient, sensible not pressing for the stoppage unless he senses it coming, comfortable, boxing within himself, not seeming to fade at all, I think Rivera will throw caution to the wind and go hammer and tongs in the last half of round 11, getting rough, and dirty, trying to do anything to get to Diaz, having some success, landing some good shots, not hurting Diaz, but letting him know he hasn't won the fight yet. I think Diaz will have a big last round in the tank, and Rivera, brave, but tired, and Diaz will exploit this, as he goes on the offensive, starting to beat up his opponent, ripping away at the body, dropping his opponent towards the end of the round, not finishing him, but closing the fight in dominant form.

I think Joseph Diaz will win a wide UD (117-110, 117-110, 119-108), on the biggest of boxing bills, impressing everyone, and maybe, a world title fight being not so far away at all. I'm not sure whether it is Diaz, or Warrington which Lee Selby is to fight next, but I think most of us hope, and Selby hopes, it is Diaz, I think he is much the stronger of the two, I wouldn't imagine Diaz would object to beating Warrington if he has to to earn the shot, but if it is Warrington who gets the opportunity (assuming he comes through Dennis Ceylan, which me might not), then that could well mean Diaz has one more fight after this one, one more chance to learn even more, and improve even more, before he gets a world title shot. I think Selby vs Diaz would be a very interesting fight.

I don't think Rivera will do his reputation any harm with this fight, I think he'll try his best, give a good account of himself, and I think he'll come again.

albertocastany's picture

Looking forward to this match. I don't think Rivera will pose as a threat, but it will be goood to watch Jojo in action.

rorschach's picture

Diaz should have a shutout here.

rorschach's picture

Jojo ran away with it as expected.