By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime
2012 U.S Olympian super bantamweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (9-0, 7 KOs) of South El Monte, California will be in the toughest test of his career as he takes on Mexican veteran Luis “Tati” Maldonado (38-11-1, 29 KOs) at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. The bout was briefly announced to be on the Showtime Extreme telecast, welterweight main event bout between San Diego’s Antonio Orozco and Mexico, City’s Martin Honorio was scratched. However, the bout was later bumped to off-TV status.
Maldonado, a veteran of fifty fights has been in the ring with many of the best the likes of former world champions Cristian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel, Nonito Donaire, and Eric Morel. Most recently he has gone up against testing hot undefeated prospects Ivan Morales, Randy Caballero, and Jesus Magdaleno.
“He has fought top elite fighters, he has a lot of experience inside the ring. I want to show the people I can compete at this level,” said Diaz. “Luis is a durable fighter. He is lefty, likes to throw a lot of shots, he has a heavy hand. I’ll test him out early using my jab and speed.
“You will see a speedy and powerful Joseph Diaz. Hopefully I knock him out very early. A win is going to be a good victory. I will move up in competition especially if I get him out early,” Diaz concluded.
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