Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Hit The Scales – Featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. (28-1-0, 17 KOs) will defend his WBC title against undefeated mandatory challenger Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (26-0-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday, May 19th in a clash airing live on Showtime from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
Diaz Jr., who is trained by his father, Joseph, Sr., was a two-time amateur national champion in the bantamweight division. He represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
The 29-year-old Russell, who was born in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Capitol Heights, Maryland, will be defending his title before a hometown crowd. This will be Russell’s second straight fight at MGM National Harbor following his knock-out win over Oscar Escandon in his first title defense there on May 20th.
Today the boxers hosted the official weigh-in for the event with these results: Gary Russell Jr.: 125.5 lbs / Joseph Diaz 126 lbs
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