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Fight between Diaz and Rakhimov ends in majority draw

Fight between Diaz and Rakhimov ends in majority draw

The fight between American Joseph Diaz and Shavkatdzhov Rakhimov of Tajikistan for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight title ended Saturday in California in a majority draw.

Diaz was left without a title on Friday because he weighed more than three pounds over the 130-pound limit at the weigh-in, leaving Rakhimov with a chance to claim the title, which will now be vacated.

The two lefties staged a fight in which Diaz gave up a few rounds in the middle, before bouncing back in the final round to save his pride.

One of the judges gave the victory to Diaz 115-113, while the other two determined 114-114.

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The 12-round showdown was held at Indio’s Fantasy Springs Casino.

Díaz, 28, was preparing to defend for the first time the 130-pound (59kg) belt that he snatched in January 2020 from his compatriot Tevin Farmer by unanimous decision.

However, the Californian fighter lost the crown at Friday’s weigh-in by exceeding the allowable limit of 133.6 pounds, while Rakhimov scored 129.8.

“It wasn’t my best performance,” Diaz said. «I did not make the weight and I vacated my title. It was a mistake on my part.

Diaz explained that the COVID-19 restrictions during the last week of preparations forced him to train in his hotel room instead of inside a gym.

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Diaz has a record of 31 wins (15 knockouts) and 1 loss, while Rakhimov remains undefeated with 15-0-1 and 12 knockouts. AFP (HN)

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