Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Boxing will deliver another exciting fight card on February 13 headlined by Diaz vs Rakhimov for the IBF 130-pound belt. Jojo Diaz makes his first defence after winning the title from Tevin Farmer in January 2019. He also headlines on DAZN for the first time on a World Title Double Header with a stacked undercard.
The World Title Double Header will also feature the missing key to the 154-pound division – the WBO Belt which Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira will be defending against Argentina’s Brian Castano. The Diaz vs Rakhimov card will be broadcasted worldwide on DAZN from The Avalon, Hollywood as part of their annual subscription available globally which they dub ‘as the best schedule in Boxing’.
The Undercard features two interesting in-house Golden Boy matchups in the 122 and 160-pound divisions. WBA Gold Champion and top 10 Super Bantamweight Ronny Rios faces WBA International champion, Oscar Negrete. Additionally, Ireland’s Jason Quigley matches up against undefeated Shane Mosely Jr.
Diaz vs Rakhimov: IBF Super Featherweight Title Mandatory Defence
Jojo Diaz (31-1) is a 2012 Olympian and was a hot prospect turning pro. Due to his age, he was given a lot of learning fights and picked up 10 quick victories over 2 years as a result. As he proceeded to box 10 rounds he boxed very frequently and saw a slight increase in the level of opposition and faced his first tough challenge coming against Rene Alvarado 12 months on.
After 24 victories in 5 years as well as picking up the NABF Title, Diaz boxed 12 rounds against 25-0 Rafael Rivera. Rivera stepped in on short notice but it was an unmissable opportunity as it was co-main to Canelo Golovkin and a WBC World Title Eliminator. As mandatory Diaz faced Gary Russell Jr in 2018 and lost a competitive distance-fight.
Diaz picked up the WBA (Regular) World Title in his next fight against Jesus Rojas before moving up to 130. Diaz got the opportunity to box Farmer on the Andrade Keeler undercard where he managed to pick up the IBF Super Featherweight Crown in a mini-upset. Farmer, clearly off his game didn’t use any of the skills and reflexes which got him to where he is.
Diaz now faces an IBF Mandatory after talks of a contractual rematch with Farmer broke down. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov is (15-0 12 KOs) and has mostly boxed out of his native Russia against lower-level opposition. He has however won the IBO strap which he picked up in 2017 and successfully defended 3 times.
In his last fight, he came from behind on the cards to beat and stop the 15-0 Azinga Fuzile in South Africa to become mandatory. Rakhimov will be a decent challenge to Diaz but is a huge underdog in Diaz vs Rakhimov. His best asset by far is his power, and if he can effectively break down Diaz and land big shots he may be able to pull off the upset, but it is doubtful due to Diaz’s superior skills and experience.
Teixeira vs Castano: Brazil vs Argentina; WBO Super Welterweight World Championship
Patrick Teixeira (31-1) picked up the WBO Interim Light Middleweight Title against 18-0 Carlos Adames in November 2019 via a very closely fought, tough unanimous decision. After Champion Jamie Munguia vacated and moved up to middleweight, Teixeira was elevated to full champion in 2020. As a result, he was immediately set a mandatory by the WBO in the form on Brian Carlos Castano.
The Argentinian Castano has had a much shorter pro career. He won the WBA Interim belt in just his 13th fight and defended it against top contender Michael Soro before being promoted to full champion. After contract disputes, Castano vacated his Regular title and now gets the opportunity to fight for the WBO Light Middleweight Title as Co-Main to Diaz vs Rakhimov.
This is a very interesting fight as for the first time in history it pits Brazil against Argentina for the World Title. Both men will be very eager to get through this fight as a win here would set up a very lucrative and potential Pay-Per-View headliner against Unified Champion Jermell Charlo for all 4 154-pound titles. In addition to this, the winner could battle hugely popular Australian Prospect 16-0 Tim Tszyu (WBO #2).
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