Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. is able to step in and save the present.
The previous junior light-weight titlist has expressed an curiosity in a summertime conflict with Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna, changing Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) who just lately bailed from a deliberate WBC interim light-weight title protection attributable to private points. BoxingScene.com has realized that such a alternative bout is at the least being explored, although within the very early phases and dependent upon quite a lot of variables.
“Advised Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, [Golden Boy matchmaker] Robert Diaz [and] MTK International [t]hat I’ll step in and battle Fortuna,” Diaz introduced Tuesday through social media. “Y’all wanna see it?”
The vow got here as Diaz (31-1-1, 15KOs) supplied on-line proof of his between-fight dedication, sporting a six-pack whereas awaiting his subsequent battle date. The revelation is in stark distinction to the ultimate days surrounding his most up-to-date battle, the place Diaz was pressured to vacate his IBF junior light-weight title after badly lacking weight for a compulsory title protection versus Tajikistan’s Shavkat Rakhimov. Their Feb. 13 battle proceeded, with the title remaining vacant as the 2 fought to an entertaining 12-round draw.
Rakhimov will now face Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa, leaving Diaz on the hunt for his subsequent battle.
Fortuna (36-2-1, 25KOs) is now in the identical dilemma, now that Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) is not accessible for his or her beforehand introduced July 9 DAZN headliner. The sequence of occasions main up to now leads to Fortuna being left on the altar for at the least the fourth time since a Nov. 2019 knockout win over Jesus Cuellar put him in light-weight title rivalry. The Dominican southpaw has been left with nothing to indicate for talks with WBC light-weight titlist Devin Haney (25-0, 15KOs) and scheduled fights with England’s Luke Campbell (20-4, 16KOs), former three-division titlist Jorge Linares (47-5, 29KOs) and now Garcia.
Diaz is keen to fill that void in addition to transfer up in weight in an effort to make it occur.
Garcia-Fortuna was beforehand to have decided the necessary challenger for Haney, who subsequent makes an attempt his third title protection versus Linares on Might 29 at Michelob ULTRA Area in Las Vegas.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox