Joseph Diaz Jr. outpoints Javier Fortuna in lightweight debut

Joseph Diaz Jr. showed in persuading style that he belongs at 135 pounds.

Diaz, who accepted combat Javier Fortuna on brief notification, beat his Dominican equivalent by a unanimous choice to win the WBC “interim” light-weight title on the Gilberto Ramirez-Sullivan Barrera card Friday in Los Angeles.

Fortuna (36-3-1, 25 KOs) was set up to eliminate Ryan Garcia however Garcia took out to tend to his psychological health. That unlocked for Diaz, who had actually never ever battled as a full-fledged 135-pounder.

The previous 130-pound titleholder showed on Friday that he might deal with the physical rigors of the department, taking the battle to a long time light-weight.

Fortuna was the busier fighter much of the battle however it was Diaz who was the more precise puncher and he landed the larger, cleaner shots to both the head and body, which certainly impressed the judges.

Diaz needed to conquer a couple of challenges, a cut about his left eye in Round 3 and losing a point for punching behind the head in Round 4. Nevertheless, that made no distinction in the end.

The judges scored it 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112, all in favor of Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KOs).

Fortuna tossed more punches than Diaz (761-521) however Diaz landed more (203-193), according to CompuBox.

The triumph makes Diaz a significant gamer in the light-weight department, which is ruled by indisputable champ Teofimo Lopez. Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis hold secondary titles.

Diaz made it clear that he’s prepared to face them or Garcia, who is anticipated to go back to the ring quickly.

Stated Diaz after his triumph: “Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, let’s make this s— happen. I’m ready.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.