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Joseph Diaz Jr wants Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney next: “Whoever accepts without that talking nonsense”

“JoJo” wants to get a fight done, either way it turns out.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Joseph Diaz Jr is in a pretty enviable position right now. After making a successful lightweight debut on July 9 with a win over Javier Fortuna, the former 130 lb titleholder now has the WBC interim title, which puts him in line for a shot at full titlist Devin Haney.

But Haney isn’t the only one on Diaz’s mind, as we know well. There have also been a lot of reports that Diaz could get a bigger money fight Ryan Garcia, who vacated the WBC interim belt and passed on taking a fight with Haney, then withdrew from the bout with Fortuna, where Diaz got a shot to step in and took it with both hands.

Diaz says he’s up for either, Tweeting that he just wants to stop talking and get a fight done:

Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) says he’s ready to return and is planning to do so in October, while Haney (26-0, 15 KO) has mostly been spending time having photographs taken of him holding big stacks of cash, which he seems to keep hoping will be the thing that makes him a star to boxing fans, but it doesn’t appear to have been working, and he’s been doing it for quite a while, fairly regularly. ESPN social media seem to absolutely love it, but then he just gets roasted in the comments mostly.

Either fight is a damn good fight. Joking aside, Haney’s a terrific boxer, and Garcia has great talent that he may have to once again prove to what the youth call “the haters.” Diaz has weirdly put himself into a hugely desirable spot where two A-side teams might basically be battling to get him in the ring next, just six months after Diaz missed weight and had to vacate his 130 belt, going to a draw with Shavkat Rakhimov when the fight took place anyway.

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