Joseph Diaz Jr may have been treading water more than advancing his standing on Thursday night, but he knocked out former super bantamweight titleholder Victor Terrazas in the third round, and made a statement after the fight.
“Gary Russell Jr, you’re next,” said Diaz (26-0, 14 KO). ”I’m ready to have that world title around my waist. Once I defeat him, I’m going to give the fight fans what they want to see: champions against champions.
“Victor Terrazas is a tremendous warrior. I thank him for the opportunity because of all the experience he brought to the ring. He’s a strong veteran and I wish him all the best.”
Diaz, 25, retained a pair of minor featherweight titles with the win, but more importantly did so in style, dropping Terrazas (38-5-2, 21 KO) twice in the first round, and finishing him off with a body shot in the third.
Terrazas, 35, indicated that he may be ready to retire.
“I’m going to speak with my wife and kids,” said Terrazas. “After all, they’ll be the ones to inform me if I should continue my career or end it tonight. I feel like I’m at the end of my career. It may be time to enjoy my wife and kids and find luck in another profession.”
In the co-feature, 140-pound prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr stayed perfect, improving to 9-0 (9 KO) with a wipeout third round knockout of Jesus Alvarez (15-4, 11 KO).
“I feel really good,” said Ortiz. ”I dropped him in the first round with a right hand because he kept pulling straight back. I liked that he got up because he was able to give me more rounds. My dad was telling me to work the body. I really started doing it in the third round and it showed. Now it’s time for me to keep working hard so I can be ready to fight again in a few months.”
Also in televised action, Filipino veteran Rey Perez (22-9, 6 KO) upset Christian Gonzalez (18-2, 15 KO) by decision over eight rounds. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.