News | May 20 2018

Boxing results: Gary Russell Jr retains world title against Joseph Diaz

Gary Russell Jr targets unification fights after seeing off the previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz
Gary Russell Jr
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ON the same night (Saturday May 19) that Lee Selby lost his IBF featherweight title to Josh Warrington in Leeds, American Gary Russell Jr made sure that he kept hold of his WBC belt in Oxon Hill by unanimously outpointing countryman Joseph Diaz.

Fighting at the MGM National Harbor in his home state of Maryland, Russell did not have things all his own way in the early rounds against fellow former amateur standout Diaz. The game Californian challenger attacked the body well, while Russell let his hands go freely in response, with his brilliant jab proving particularly effective.

Despite not looking entirely comfortable when having his midsection targeted, Russell was able to take full control in the second half of the all-southpaw fight with his lightning-quick, accurate punches both upstairs and downstairs.