Joseph Diaz To Return November 5, Angles For Ryan Garcia Struggle: ‘We Have Unfinished Trade’
Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz nevertheless has a burning want to settle up old-fashioned business with Ryan Garcia.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the former IBF junior lightweight titlist and provide top-ten lightweight contender will return to the ring on November 5. An opponent is not however named for the example, even though Diaz would really like now not the rest more than to use the slot as a possibility to reschedule a combat with Garcia in an all-California lightweight combat.
“I nevertheless want the Ryan combat. Now we have now unfinished business,” Diaz urged BoxingScene.com. “I saved him two events ultimate 365 days. He pulled out of the Javier Fortuna combat and I stepped up in weight and on fast notice to combat him and I beat him.
“Then me and Ryan were supposed to combat ultimate November and he pulled out with a hand hurt. I went and fought Devin Haney, any individual he certainly not fought even though he had the chance to. Now that I have a combat date, I want to combat Ryan.”
Joseph Diaz To Return November 5
Diaz (32-2-1, 15KOs) has been out of the ring since a competitive loss to Haney (28-0, 15KOs) ultimate December 4 in Las Vegas, a combat that were given right here in lieu of Diaz’s scheduled bout with Garcia (23-0, 19KOs) ultimate November 27. Garcia withdrew from the combat on account of a hand/wrist hurt requiring surgical procedure, even though he’s since returned with two wins in 2022 at the side of a one-sided stoppage of an out-of-shape Javier Fortuna on July 16 at Crypto.com House in Los Angeles.
Diaz outpointed Fortuna ultimate July 9, a combat that was supposed to talk over with Garcia who withdrew to care for his mental smartly being.
Garcia has since spent his time insisting that he next wishes a showdown with secondary WBA lightweight titlist and former two-time junior lightweight identify claimant Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (27-0 25KOs).
There remains artwork ahead to piece together such a superfight, whilst Diaz and Garcia are each and every beneath Golden Boy Promotions and each and every based totally completely in California where their promoter does nearly all of its business. Moreover of realize is the fact that the combat was already on the table and—absent securing a combat with Davis—Garcia could be wanting a high-profile opponent for his next time out.
Diaz and his workforce don’t see any explanation why it wouldn’t mark the easiest time to ship closure to their long-running rivalry.
“Jojo wants Ryan next, period” Rick Mirigian, Diaz’s manager urged BoxingScene.com, “If not, he will combat a very ranked guy in November.”
The hope is that it doesn’t come to that. Together with pursuing a Davis combat, Garcia moreover hinted that he would possibly advertising and marketing marketing campaign at 140 pounds transferring forward, even though he right away clarified that he’d combat at any weight that was superb with Davis. Garcia weighed relatively under that mark for his win over Fortuna, who requested their combat occur at the junior welterweight limit. Garcia’s combat with Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe this earlier April—his first in 15 months—was at a 139-pound shrunk limit.
Diaz is additional captivated with whether or not or now not the 23-year-old Garcia will once all over again look his manner. If this is the case, the question is if he will go through with the combat this time spherical. Least of his concerns is the required weight limit for such a pairing.
“If he don’t want to combat at 135 anymore, I don’t ideas fighting him at a catchweight at 138 merely to make the combat happen,” admitted Diaz. “If it’s trouble for him, I don’t ideas doing the higher weight for that combat.”
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox