Haney/Diaz. Sunday. DAZN
Haney, Diaz make weight

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Devin Haney 135 vs. Joseph Diaz 134.4
(WBC lightweight title)

Jessica McCaskill 146.4 vs. Kandi Wyatt 146.2
(undisputed female welterweight title)

Filip Hrgovic 246.8 vs. Emir Ahmatovic 228.4
Montana Love 143.8 vs. Carlos Diaz 139.8
Marc Castro 136.4 vs. Ronaldo Solis 130.8
Austin Williams 160 vs. Quatavious Cash 160
Alexis Espino 167.4 vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr 168
Amari Jones 160 vs. Timothy Lee 159.4
Ricardo Sandoval 111.8 vs. Carlos Buitrago 113

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Matchroom
Starts at 2PM on DAZN this Sunday, NZ time.
Robert Diaz: JoJo has the pedigree to beat Haney

By Hesiquio Balderas

Golden Boy Promotions executive Robert Diaz is on hand in Las Vegas representing and giving support to his fighter JoJo Diaz who fights Devin Haney for the WBC lightweight title on Saturday night. Fightnews.com® caught up with Díaz.

“Devin Haney is a great champion, but don’t sleep on JoJo, who has the tools, the pedigree and the boxing skills to defeat Haney,” commented Robert Diaz, who is not related to JoJo. “It would not be an upset because of JoJo’s history of taking the best fights, and that’s what we do here at Golden Boy. We work with everyone trying to get the best fights made, the fans deserve the best vs best.

“JoJo has made it very clear that he only wants to fight the best. He was ready to take on Ryan Garcia but he got injured, and then it was the opportunity to fight Haney and he asked for the fight. I have a lot of confidence in him and let’s remember that JoJo was an Olympian. He has seen every single style inside the ring. We matched him up hard, no easy fights, so it will be a great fight and I wouldn’t be surprised with the victory of our fighter.” said Díaz.

He added, “There are holes in Devin’s game. JoJo is aware of that and he knows what he needs to do inside the ring. I mean Devin is a great fighter but Linares did show that there are holes in his game. Linares was in great condition, but he got COVID before the fight and hadn’t fought for a while and still did damage. So JoJo has been active and he will present different problems to Devin. I’m sure we will get the victory.

“The lightweight division is a division that’s very hot right now. One of the best divisions in boxing and we are willing to make the best fights for the fans. Our mission at Golden Boy is to give the fans great fights and to give our fighters the best fights also, tough fights and that’s what they want also. We want to please the crowd.

“We expect a great fight this Saturday night and as I said before I’m sure that our fighter JoJo Díaz will be the new champion.

“I want to take the opportunity to give my support and give my condolences to my good friend Erik Morales who lost his son recently. Our love and heart go out to Erik and his family in these difficult times.”
Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

The little guys started things off from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Southern California flyweight Ricardo Rafael Sandoval (20-1, 15 KOs) stopped Carlos Buitrago (32-7-1, 18 KOs) of Nicaragua in seven rounds Sandoval was dominant as he boxed effectively throughout the fight. Buitrago proved tough, but the 22-year old Sandoval connected with the right hand solidly and battered Buitrago as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 46 seconds of the seventh.
Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Super featherweight prospect Marc Castro (5-0, 5 KOs) of Fresno, California, scored a second round knockout over Ronaldo Solis (4-3-1, 3 KOs). From the opening bell, Castro landed heavy punches and dropped Solis with a right hand, Solis got up continuing to fight as Castro teed off. A huge overhand right by Castro to start the second round put Solis down on the canvas again and the referee waved off the bout at 43 seconds of the second.

Houston middleweight Austin Williams (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Quantavious Cash (14-3, 8 KOs). A left by Williams staggered Cash and Williams followed up with a flurry that prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in to stop it prematurely at 26 seconds of round two.

Las Vegas super middleweight prospect Alexis Espino (9-0-1, 6 KOs) and Rodolfo Gomez (14-5-1, 10 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. It was non-stop action with neither fighter backing down. Espino and Gomez ground it out to the final bell. In the end, the judges scored it 77-75 for Gomez, 76-76, and 76-76.

Middleweight Amari Jones (5-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas scored a sixth round stoppage over Timothy Lee (5-2) of Los Angeles. An uppercut by Jones in the closing seconds of the opening round floored Lee. Jones boxed as Lee mixed it up. Later in the fifth, Jones attacked as he had Lee up against the ropes. The sixth and final round, Jones continued his attack as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2:40.
Undefeated heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) stopped Emir Amatovich (10-1, 7 KOs) in three rounds. It was a slow first round but Hrgovic landed big shots on Amatovich. Patiently boxing in round two, Hrgovic dropped Amatovich twice and finished him off in round three as the referee stopped it after another knockdown at 30 seconds.
Love, McCaskill, Hrgovic victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Super lightweight prospect Montana Love (17-0-1, 9 KOs) from Cleveland stopped Carlos Diaz (29-2, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in three rounds on Saturday night in the Haney-Diaz co-feature at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Love popped the jab in the opening round as Diaz stalked attempting to get inside on Love, there was a light clash of heads but there was not cut. Love scored three knockdowns in round two and finally put him away in the third as a flurry of unanswered punches forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 1:22.

Undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill (11-2, 3 KOs) of Chicago retained her titles by crushing Kandi Wyatt (10-4, 3 KO’s) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. McCaskill came out aggressively attacking and connecting with solid with hands snapping Wyatt’s head back. In round two, Wyatt gained her composure and used the jab but McCaskill kept coming working her way inside. Patiently boxing in round three, McCaskill connected Wyatt with a solid one-two combo. Wyatt’s face was busted up in the fourth as McCaskill picked her shots. Connecting precisely in the fifth, McCaskill took it to Wyatt and continued doing a number on her.McCaskill kept the pressure and the referee had finally seen enough stopping the fight at 19 seconds of the seventh.
Haney defeats Diaz, retains WBC lightweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over JoJo Diaz (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Haney’s speed and reach won the early rounds. JoJo came on in round four and had some good moments after that, but Haney was mostly in control. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.

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