- Joseph Diaz Jr MD-12 Shavkat Rakhimov (115-113, 114-114, 114-114) [Highlights and Recap]
- Brian Castano UD-12 Patrick Teixeira (120-108, 119-109, 117-11) [Highlights and Recap]
- Ronny Rios UD-10 Oscar Negrete (99-91, 100-90, 100-90) [Highlights and Recap]
- Shane Mosley Jr TKO-5 Cristian Olivas (3:00) [Highlights and Recap]
- Bektemir Melikuziev TKO-3 Morgan Fitch (2:08) [Highlights and Recap]
Round By Round
Joseph Diaz Jr vs Shavkat Rakhimov
Round 1: Hard feint from Rakhimov to start the fight. Now Rakhimov tries a left to the body that doesn’t land clean. Diaz steps back as he looks to take Rakhimov’s measure. Diaz tries a jab to the body. Check hook from Diaz grazes Rakhimov, but lands much better with a left hook that follows. Now a hard left to the body lands for Diaz. Both fighters trade and land this time. Diaz jab to the body then takes another half step back. Two good body shots land for Rakhimov but Diaz returns the favor. Hook left lands to the body for Rakhimov. Clean left and right hand lands to the face of Rakhimov. Diaz landed the best shots of the round. Diaz 10-9.
Round 2: Jab falls short for Rakhimov. Now Rakhimov lands a left hook to the body. Rakhimov continues to come forward but Diaz picks him off with his own left to the body. Jab lands for Diaz. Three punches come from Rakhimov and pierce Diaz’s guard. Diaz jabs down to the body and then comes back with another shot that knocks Rakhimov off balance. Two left hooks come from Diaz, then a right hook to the body. Three more body shots land for Diaz. Diaz lands a huge left hand that snaps Rakhimov’s head back. Jab and hook to the body lands for Diaz. Rakhimov comes back and throws a short ineffective combination. Combination from Rakhimov comes at the end of the round. Diaz 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Diaz looks like he’s bleeding slightly from the nose. Combination comes from Rakhimov to start the round. Diaz misses a jab upstairs. Clean left hand lead lands for Diaz. Now Rakhimov wants to get some work done and he’s doing okay but he’s been giving Diaz the openings for clean shots that are easy for the judges to notice. Right hand lands to the nose of Diaz and now Diaz’ is bleeding more from the area. Hard body shots land for Diaz. Diaz ducks a head shot and then clinches. Jab to the body lands for Diaz. Rakhimov gets in a straight left hand upstairs, then clips Diaz with a right hook. Rakhimov 10-9.
Round 4: Combination comes from Rakhimov immediately to start the round. Rakhimov lands a right hook upstairs. Rakhimov continues to beat Diaz to the punch here but Diaz lands one good left hand counter. Jab to the body comes from Rakhimov. Diaz jabs down to the body twice. Rakhimov gets in an overhand left to the head. Diaz lands a glancing left hand during a combination. Jab lands to the body for Diaz. Combination comes from Rakhimov as Diaz covers up at center ring. Rakhimov 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Rakhimov jabs and then throws a left hand that doesn’t find the range. Good counter left hand scores for Diaz to the head. Rakhimov throws a combination to the body but doesn’t land it so clean. Combination comes from Rakhimov again as Diaz just covers up with his gloves. Chopping left hand misses for Diaz. Check hook makes some contact for Diaz. Diaz throws three punches but Rakhimov defends those pretty well. Right hook lands to the body for Diaz this time. Diaz whacks away at the body with his left hand as the fighters get tied up. Close round, but I’m going to slightly edge it to Rakhimov. Rakhimov 10-9.
Round 6: Diaz’s trainer wants him to counter to the body in this round. Jab comes from Rakhimov, Diaz goes down to the body with his own jab. Jab lands again to the body for Diaz. A couple punches come from Rakhimov as Diaz covers up at center ring. Clean counter from Diaz picks off Rakhimov this time. Rakhimov lands a lunging left hand as Diaz pulls back. Diaz covering up a lot while Rakhimov rattles off combinations and that’s something his corner isn’t fond of. Rakhimov partially lands a right hand upstairs this time. Diaz just seems a little flat in this outing to me. Combiantion from Diaz misses as Rakhimov ducks under the shots. Rakhimov 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Diaz’s corner continues to urge him to pick up his work rate. Rakhimov gets off first with a body shot but Diaz comes back with a combination upstairs that doesn’t land so clean. Check hook from Diaz makes better contact this time. Good left hand lands for Rakhimov. Diaz throws a combination of his own and maybe lands one. Check hook lands for Diaz. Two more punches come from Diaz as Rakhimov takes a step back. Diaz jabs to the body, Rakhimov counters with a short combination. Diaz touches Rakhimov to the head with a right but Rakhimov gets a good short that shakes up Diaz a bit! Now Diaz lands a left hand counter of his own, then one to the body. One more left hand lead scores for Diaz to the head shortly before the bell and that takes the round back for him in my estimation. Diaz 10-9.
Round 8: Diaz sticks a jab to start the round. A few quick punches come from Rakhimov as Diaz covers up and blocks them. Diaz jabs to the body but misses the follow up shot to the head. Now Diaz lands a good straight left hand upstairs. Counter left lands clean for Diaz again. Diaz gets in a short hook to the head in a clinch. Diaz gets back to this jab and then throws a left to the body. Diaz jabs downstairs again before falling into a clinch. Hard shot from Rakhimov staggers Diaz but Diaz returns fire right away and is willing to trade! Diaz 10-9, 76-76.
Round 9: Rakhimov throws a couple shots at Diaz gloves as he covers. Right hook to the body scores for Diaz. Rakhimov throws a few more straight punches that Diaz catches on his gloves. Diaz comes forward and throws a combination to the body and head as Rakhimov has his back along the ropes. Left hook makes partial contact for Diaz. Short right hook scores for Diaz. Jab and left hand then a right to the body makes good contact for Diaz. Left hand from Diaz scores again upstairs. Now Rakhimov lands a left to the body. Diaz 10-9.
Round 10: Both fighters trade a couple shots at center ring to start the round. Rakhimov shoots a left hand lead and steps off the line. Counter left hand lands for Diaz over the top. Now Diaz throws a left to the body before looping one upstairs. Two punches score for Diaz but Rakhimov comes back with a couple of straight shots. Left hand lands pretty well for Diaz down to the body. Two jabs land for Diaz. Leaping right hook from Rakhimov misses. Diaz stalks Rakhimov but takes a jab to the face. Left hand gets in for Diaz again over the top. Diaz 10-9, 96-94.
Round 11: Rakhimov tries to throw some straight punches as Diaz has his guard up. Left lands to the body for Diaz. Diaz is letting his hands go a little more and Rakhimov seems to have faded a bit over the past couple of rounds. Left hand lands for Diaz, Rakhimov lands a right hand in return. Clean left hand lead lands for Rakhimov. Another left hand lead lands for Rakhimov. Left hand falls short for Diaz but he has Rakhimov along the ropes before getting tied up. Left hand from Rakhimov lands over the top this time, then another moments later. Diaz gets in a counter right shortly before the bell. Diaz 10-9.
Round 12: Rakhimov comes forward and goes down to the body with a left hand. Right hook from Rakhimov gets in upstairs but Diaz digs to the body with a hook. Rakhimov gets tied up with Diaz and pushes him down. Long shot lands for Rakhimov but Diaz gets one back. Diaz jabs to the body. Jab tot he body lands again for Diaz. Diaz looking at the clock as he must be feeling the fatigue. Diaz still digs deep and throws some shots but Rakhimov comes back with his own counter. Diaz continues to throw and walks into one shot from Rakhimov. Diaz bouncing around for the final few seconds. Diaz 10-9. It wasn’t his best performance but I think Diaz pulled it out, 116-112.
Patrick Teixeira vs Brian Castano
Round 1: Teixeira jabs but has it parried by Castano. Castano is trying to figure out a way to get past his nearly 10 inch reach disadvantage early. Hook from Teixeira gets blocked. Right hand from Castano falls a little short to the body. Teixeira pops a long jab from range but still doesn’t quite land it. Now Castano rushes Teixeira along the ropes and throws a few quick punches before Teixeira escapes. Teixeira lands a jab to the body. Castano gets low and tries to get under Teixeira’s punches to close the range. Left hook lands to the body for Castano. Two punches come from Teixeira but now Castano has Teixeira along the ropes where he has some better success. Two long punches come from Teixeira as Castano covers up. I think Teixeira controlled this round for longer stretches with his length. Teixeira 10-9.
Round 2: Teixeira pops a jab that gets blocked. Right hand lands to the body for Castano who gets in close and lands a hook upstairs. Now both fighters trade but Castano is getting more of the kind of fight he wants here as he’s closed the distance to where he can effectively exchange with Teixeira. Right hook lands to the body for Teixeira. Right hand lead from Castano makes partial contact. Castano comes forward and lands a clubbing right hand on the top of the head. Counter right lands for Castano. Now Teixeira lands a left hand to the body. Left hook from Castano grazes Teixeira upstairs. Right hand from Castano makes contact to the body. I think Castano had a pretty good round here. Castano 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Right hook from Teixeira gets blocked. Castano presses forward and Teixeira meets him with a few punches but Castano covers up and comes back immediately with an aggressive counter attack. Right hand lead makes a little contact for Castano. Teixeira throws three punches that miss. Right hand counter lands straight to the body for Castano. Another right hand downstairs lands for Castano. Now Teixeira lands a straight left hand to the head. Teixeira mixes in an uppercut this time. Casnto gets Teixeira back to the ropes and unloads on power shots and Teixeira can’t keep his preferred range for very long now. Right hand lands upstairs for Castano. Two hooks from Castano make pretty good contact to the head. Now Teixeira lands a right hook as a counter. Castano comes right back after him but the bell rings. Castano 10-9.
Round 4: Castano still coming right after Teixeira and applying tons of pressure. Teixeira lands a jab to the body but it doesn’t have much sting on it. Now Teixeira lands a straight left to the body. Another left uppercut lands for Teixeira, Castano wants to return fire immediately. Both fighters trade and land now. Teixeira pops a jab but Castano gets low and comes in on Teixeira before throwing some more power shots. Right hand lands upstairs for Castano. Now Castano lands left hook to the head. Castano walks Teixeira down and is forcing Teixeira to fight at a pace and at a range he’s not really comfortable with. Castano 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Straight right scores to the body for Castano. Teixeira tries to counter with a hook but Castano is undeterred. Uppercut lands for Teixeira. Teixeira flurries and lands another good uppercut. Now a left to the body scores for Teixeira. Castano lands a left hand upstairs. Right hand lands to the body for Castano. Both fighters trade hooks and it looks like Castano’s does more damage. Right hand lands to the body for Castano. Castano counters and lands a few hooks to the body. Castano 10-9.
Round 6: Castano comes right after Teixeira and Teixeira tries to meet him with a punch. Jab makes a little contact to the body for Teixeira. Now Teixeira is coming forward on Castano and lands a straight left to the body. Another left lands to the body for Teixeira. Castano tries to make a charge and throws a couple hooks. Left hand just misses over the top for Castano. Two punches land upstairs for Castano, who then digs to the body. Castano won’t give Teixeira any room to breath as he continues to step after him and let his hands go. Teixeira tries to find some room and lands a jab. Castano lands another right hand just before the bell. Castano 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Teixeira pops a jab upstairs. Teixeira paws with his jab as he tries to keep the distance and then trhows another jab. Castano gets low and gets in on Teixeira again and throws some good body shots that seem to get Teixeira’s attention. Three morepunches come from Castano then a solid left hook to the body. Jab and hook lands for Castano. Teixeira lands a hook to the body of his own. Teixeira still on the ropes far too often as Castano continues to walk him down. Double right hook comes from Castano. Three more punches from Castano land. Teixeira misses on two straight punches aimed at the head. Castano 10-9.
Round 8: Right hand lead makes contact for Castano. Check hook misses badly for Teixeira. Castano comes forward and lands two hooks to the body. Teixeira tries to use his jab but it’s not stiff enough to keep Castano from coming through it. Right to the body makes contact for Teixeira. Right hook lands well for Castano. Teixeira lands a shot of his own to the body. Both fighters are standing in close range at center ring and trading power shots. Right hook lands downstairs for Castano. Castano comes back foward and whips a short hook in close. Hard hook to the body lands well for Castano and Teixeira wants to retreat. Teixeira land a counter just before the bell. Castano 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Teixeira tries a big hook to the body to start the round as Teixeira tries to break Castano’s forward momentum by trying to turn the tables and get Castano going backwards. Jab from Teixeira makes contact. Three punches come from Teixeira as he gets Castano in the corner. Castano counters but Teixeira comes back with an uppercut to the body. Castano turns on Teixeira and lands a nice shot after getting the angle. Teixeira lands a body shot but then eats a couple from Castano in return. Left hand from Castano snaps Teixeira’s head back. I wanted to give Teixeira that round but he got caught too much down the stretch for my liking. Castano 10-9.
Round 10: Jab lands to the body for Castano. Both fighters trade as Teixeira continues trying to come forward on Castano as best he can. Jab from Castano makes partial contact. Double right hand from Castano falls short as Teixeira pulls away. Teixeira throws four punches as Castano covers up, then Castano tries to find a spot to land a counter. Right hand lands to the body and then to the head for Castano. Right hook lands to the body for Teixeira. Hard right hand counter from Castano staggers Teixeira! Teixeira hanging tough and tries to go back to the body . Right hand from Castano lands again to the head and knocks Teixeira back a bit. Castano 10-9, 99-91.
Round 11: Body shot and hook comes from Teixeira as Castano defends. Teixeira stabs to the body with a jab but Castano come forward and eats a jab to the face for his trouble. Now Castano gets in and gets some power shots off. Right hook lands to the body, then comes forward with a few more punches. Teixeira lands a right hook to the body. Castano lands his own left to the body this time. Four punches come from Castano as he backs Teixeira up. Teixeira jabs and then throws a weak combination before getting caught by some better shots from Castano. Three more punches lands for Castano. Clean right hand counter lands well for Castano. Castano is just landing the bigger, better punches more often. Castano 10-9.
Round 12: Castano steps in and throws a couple hooks but Teixeira tries to meet his aggression as best he can. Right hand counter lands for Teixeira. Now Castano throws a hook but Teixeira comes right back. Left hook lands upstairs for Castano. Catano continues to come forward on Teixeira who just doesn’t have the strength to keep Castano off of him. Hard body shot from Castano hurts Teixeira badly! Teixeira is wobbling arond the ring but won’t hit the deck! Castano runs after Teixeira and throws with both hands. Teixeira bounces off the ropes but continues to fight gravity. Three punches come from Teixeira but he has no strength let on his shots. Castano 10-9. I’ve got it a clear Castano win, 119-109.
Joseph Diaz Jr makes his return tonight at 8 pm ET streaming live on DAZN, but he won’t be defending the IBF junior lightweight title as planned.
Diaz missed weight badly on Friday, so only challenger Shavkat Rakhimov can leave with the belt by winning. Diaz has been stripped, and the title will go vacant should he win the fight this evening.
But as much of a disappointment as that is, we do still have a world title fight at 154 pounds, as Patrick Teixeira will defend the WBO belt against Brian Castano. There’s also a good matchup at 122 between Ronny Rios and Oscar Negrete, plus returns for Shane Mosley Jr and Bektemir Melikuziev.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call for Diaz-Rakhimov and Teixeira-Castano, and we’ll have live fight-by-fight results before then, plus discussion in the comments section below. Join us!
How to Watch Diaz-Rakhimov and Teixeira-Castano
Date: Saturday, Feb. 13 | Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: Fantasy Springs - Indio, CA
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com
Main Card (DAZN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Joseph Diaz Jr (31-1, 15 KO) vs Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KO), junior lightweights, 12 rounds, Rakhimov can win vacant IBF title (Diaz missed weight)
- Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO) vs Brian Castano (16-0-1, 12 KO), junior middleweights, 12 rounds, for Teixeira’s WBO title
- Ronny Rios (32-3, 16 KO) vs Oscar Negrete (19-2-2, 7 KO), junior featherweights, 10 rounds
- Shane Mosley Jr (16-3, 9 KO) vs Cristian Olivas (19-7, 16 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
- Bektemir Melikuziev (6-0, 5 KO) vs Morgan Fitch (19-4-1, 8 KO), light heavyweights, 8 rounds