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Canelo vs Jacobs: Joseph Diaz Jr to face Freddy Fonseca on undercard

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Diaz finally has his opponent for May 4.

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Joseph Diaz Jr. v Rafael Rivera Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Joseph Diaz Jr finally has an opponent for his May 4 return on the Canelo-Jacobs undercard, which will air on DAZN, as Eric Gomez of Golden Boy says that Diaz will face Nicaragua’s Freddy Fonseca in a 10-round super featherweight bout.

Diaz (28-1, 14 KO) challenged Gary Russell Jr for the WBC featherweight title in May 2018, losing a decision in a fight where Russell pulled away down the stretch. In August, he faced Jesus Rojas for the WBA “world” featherweight title, but missed weight by a half-pound and didn’t get the belt despite winning the decision that night.

Instead of trying to change anything and take a risk staying at 126, Diaz moved up to 130 in February, beating veteran Charles Huerta over 10 rounds. The 26-year-old southpaw, a former U.S. Olympian, was hoping to get a fight with former super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg on the Canelo-Jacobs card, but Quigg instead chose to fight on April 26 against Jayson Velez.

So instead of Diaz-Quigg on a major card, we get two far less compelling matchups.

Fonseca (26-2-1, 17 KO) is a 27-year-old southpaw currently on a 15-fight win streak, but it’s not nearly as impressive as that sounds, as he’s been fighting a bunch of guys who are about .500 career, slightly over .500 career, or under .500 career, including his last win on Dec. 1 in Managua over 40-year-old Moises Castro, who came in 31-34-4, riding a phenomenal 13-fight losing streak that dated back to 2014.