At the Fanastay Casino, in Indio, CA, Saturday, over DAZN, Golden Boy Promotions – Oscar de La Hoya, presented in the Main Event World Super Featherweight champion Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz who lost his title on the scales drew with Shavkatdzhon “Shere Khan” Rakhimov. In the co-feature Brian “Ex Boxi” Castano upset WBO World Super Welter champion Patrick Teixeira.
In the Main Event former IBF Super Feather champ Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, 31-1-1 (15), #133 1/2, of Downey, CA, ended in a majority draw with No. 1 ranked southpaw Shavkatdzhon “Shere Khan” Rakhimov, 15-0-1 (12), #129 3/4, of TAJ, and Ekaterinburg, Russia, over 12 rounds.
In the first two rounds Diaz had an edge between the two southpaws. In third through the seventh rounds Rakhimov fought good enough rounds to take them. In the eighth round Rakhimov rocked Diaz in the final minute with a left on the chin. In the ninth through the twelfth and final round Diaz scored well taking all four rounds. In the twelfth round Diaz suffered a small cut on the outside of his right eyelid.
Scores were 115-113 Diaz and 114-114 twice. This writer had it 115-113 Diaz. Referee was Thomas Taylor.
“It was a close fight that I thought I won. I was disappointed not making weight. I thought I did enough to take the fight. My condition was good and he felt my power,” said Diaz.
In the co-feature WBO World Super Welterweight champion southpaw Patrick Teixeira, 31-2 (22), #153 1/4, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, lost his title to Brian “Ex Boxi” Carlos Castano, 17-0-1 (12), #153 3/4, of Isidro Casanova, Bueno Aires, Argentina, over 12 rounds.
In the first seven rounds Castano pressured the taller southpaw Teixeira taking all seven rounds. In the eighth and ninth rounds Teixeira stood his ground in the middle of the ring taking his first two rounds.
In the tenth and eleventh rounds Castano had Teixeira backing up again hurting him in the final minute of the tenth with a right on the chin. In the twelfth and final round Castano had Teixeira hurt with a minute left in the round but couldn’t stop him in taking the round.
Scores were 120-108, 119-111 and 117-113. This writer had it 118-110. The referee was Jack Reiss.
Super Bantamweight Ronny Rios, 33-3 (16), #121 1/2, of Santa Ana, CA, defeated game Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete, 19-3-2 (7), #121 1/2, of COL, and Paramount, CA, over 10 rounds.
In the second round Rios suffered a cut over his left eye due to an accidental clash of heads. The rest of the way the body attack by Rios was more than Negrete could overcome. The ref was Edward Hernandez, Sr.
Scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91. This writer had it 98-92.
Super Bantamweight Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan, 18-3 (15), #?, of Armenia and L.A., CA, Enrique “Duende” Bernache, 24-12 (12), #?, of Guadalajara, MEX, 10 rounds.
In the first round
Middleweight ”The Sugar Man” Shane Mosley, 17-3 (10), #161 1/2, of Ponoma, CA, stopped Christian “Ruso” Olivas, 20-8 (17), #161 1/2, of MEX, and of San Ysidro, CA, at the end of the fifth round of a 10.
In the third round Mosley had the right eye of Olivas swelling. At the end of the fifth round the corner of Olivas stopped the fight due to the right eye completely closed. Referee was Thomas Taylor.
Light Heavyweight southpaw Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev, 7-0 (6), #170 1/2, of UZB and Indio, CA, stopped late sub Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch, 19-5-1 (8), #170 ¾, of Pittsburgh, PA, 2:08 of the third round of an 8.
In the second round in the final seconds Melikuziev bloodied the nose of Fitch. In the third round Melikuziev landed a left uppercut which looked below the beltline dropping Fitch. Referee Jack Reiss waved it off as a stoppage not a DQ. Melikuziev had been scheduled in January to fight Sergey Kovalev who flunked his physical.