Joseph Diaz Jr. & Shavkat Rakhimov
Fight To Majority Draw
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KOs) and Shavkat Rakhimov
(15-0-1, 12 KOs) fought to a 12-round majority draw at
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. As
Diaz Jr. lost the belt on the scales on Friday, the IBF
Junior Lightweight Championship will remain vacant. Two
judges scored the fight 115-113 for Diaz Jr., which was
overruled by two scores of 114-114.
The fight headlined a stacked card of action that was
streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200
countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico,
Russia, Tajikistan, Brazil and Argentina..
“I’m a little upset. I felt I had done enough to win the
fight,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “It was a close fight. It
wasn’t my best performance. I didn’t make weight. I lost
the belt on the scales. I want to apologize to everyone.
I want to apologize to all my fans. It was a mistake on
my behalf. No excuses, but I’ll be back. Rakhimov threw
a lot of combinations. But a lot of them landed on the
gloves. I felt I threw more shots and landed more body
punches. I thought I should have won the fight.”
“I did everything I was supposed to do,” said Shavkat
Rakhimov. “Victory was on my side. I feel I won the
fight. There were a few mistakes, and we need to work on
it. I did everything that was possible. There were a few
mistakes, but I will work on that. There is no perfect
boxer, and I hope to gain more American fans.”
Brian Castaño (17-0-1, 12 KOs) of Buenos Aires,
Argentina captured the WBO Junior Middleweight World
Championship by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision
win against Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) of Sao
Paulo, Brasil. Castaño won with scores of 120-108,
119-109, and 117-111l.
“I am very happy. We did a great job with my team,” said
Brian Castaño. “It was a good fight. We all mistakes,
and I have to fix things here and there, but a fight is
a fight. Each fight is different, and I understand that.
I knew Teixeira very well going into this fight. He is
very strong, and he has a lot of heart. He is a great.
This was one of the greatest victories of my career.”
Super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs)
of Santa Ana, California beat Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete
(19-3-2, 7 KOs) of Tierralta, Colombia via 10-round
unanimous decision. Rios won with scores of 100-90,
99-91 and 100-90.
“I should have sat down more on my punches,” said Ronny
Rios. “I went in a little bit too much with my head, and
I kind of waited too long. But I’m happy with the win. I
really want a world title shot for my next fight, and I
think this fight was a necessary step in that
Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3, 10 KOs) of Pomona, Calif.
defeated Cristian Olivas (19-8, 16 KOs) of Mexicali,
Mexico via stoppage at the end of the fifth round of a
scheduled 10-round super middleweight clash.
“I had a really tough opponent in there," said Shane
Mosley Jr. "But I went in there, looked sharp and got
the job done. These are the kinds of fights that I need
in order to show people that I am ready for a world
Uzbek phenom Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs)
scored a third-round knockout victory against Morgan
Fitch(19-4-1, 8 KOs) of New Orleans, Louisiana in a
scheduled eight-round light heavyweight battle.
“Despite everything that happened, I think it was a good
performance,” said Bektemir Melikuziev. “I wish I could
have lasted longer and gotten a few more rounds in, but
I think it was a good performance. I’m ready for any of
the big names in my division.”
Armenian contender Azat “Craz A” Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16
KOs) scored an eighth-round technical knockout victory
against Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara,
Mexico in a schedule 10-round featherweight clash.
“Crazy A” ended matters at 35 seconds of the eighth
“I’m very happy,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “It’s my first
time with Robert Garcia. We had a lot of good sparring.
I’m No. 1 in the WBA. I want to fight a world champion.”
Featherweight prospect Victor Morales Jr. (14-0, 7 KOs)
of Vancouver, Washington scored an eight-round unanimous
decision victory against Rodrigo Guerrero (26-9-2, 16
KOs) of Mexico, City. Morales won with three scores of
“After 16 months away from the ring, it feels great to
be back,” said Victor Morales Jr. “I knew he was going
to be very tough. He is a former world champion, so I
knew it was going to be a difficult bout. Either way, I
was able to fight either on the outside or on the
Dalis Kaleiopu (1-0, 1 KO) of Waianae, Hawaii made a
successful pro debut by defeating Eduardo Sanchez (2-3)
of Corcoran, Calif. via third-round knockout in a super
lightweight battle. After a spectacular start, Kaleiopu
stopped Sanchez at :38 of the aforementioned round.
“It’s been a long time because of COVID,” said Dalis
Kaleiopu. “So, it felt great to finally make my pro
debut. I hurt him many times, but I let him go. But then
I landed a shot he couldn’t come back from, so it feels
good to stop somebody that has never been stopped.”