Title fight: Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna, 12 rounds, for the WBC interim lightweight title

The July 9 clash between Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz and Javier Fortuna has been approved by the World Boxing Council (WBC) as an interim world lightweight title bout, the sanctioning body announced Monday afternoon.

On Friday, July 9 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, USA Joseph «Jo Jo» Diaz will meet Javier «El Abejon» Fortuna for interim WBC title in a 12-round lightweight bout.

The WBC interim lightweight championship is on the line Friday night as Joseph Diaz Jr. and Javier Fortuna are set to square off in Las Vegas. Coverage of the main card is set to start at 9 p.m. ET on DAZN. Ring walks for the main event are expected at approximately 11:30 p.m ET. This is the last fight before the main event, so we can expect the fighters to make their way to the ring in the 10 p.m. hour, with my guess being somewhere around 10:30 p.m. Of course, that depends on how long the three fights prior take to complete.

Ramirez vs. Barrera main card

Main event: Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera, light heavyweight
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna, vacant WBC interim lightweight title
Tenkai Tsunami vs. Seniesa Estrada for Tsunami’s WBO women’s junior flyweight title
Hector Tanajara Jr. vs. William Zepeda, lightweight
Naoka Fujioka vs. Sulem Urbina for Fujioka’s WBA women’s flyweight title?

Ramirez vs. Barrera preliminary card

Azat Hovhannisyan vs. Jose Santos Gonzalez, super bantamweight
Bryan Chevalier vs. James Wilkins, featherweight
Lamont Roach vs. Daniel Rosas, super featherweight
Sparkinson Wilson Castillo vs. Miguel Contreras, lightweight
Mihai Nistor vs. Colby Madison, heavyweight
Gregory Morales vs. Rodrigo Guerrero, super bantamweight
Miguel Gaona vs. Gilberto Aguilar, lightweight

Joseph Diaz is an American boxer.
As a professional athlete, Diaz has been performing for 8 years.

Joseph was born in South El Monte, California, USA, on November 23, 1992.
He currently resides in Downey, California, USA.

The 32-year-old Fortuna was scheduled to face Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC lightweight title in April of last year, but the fight did not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The WBC title was declared vacant after Haney needed to time off to recover from a shoulder injury after successfully defending the title against Alfredo Santiago in November 2019.

Haney was eventually reinstated and has since made one title defense, defeating Yuriorkis Gamboa by unanimous decision.

Fortuna, who is originally from the Dominican Republic and now resides in Braintree, Massachusetts, was scheduled to face Linares last August, but that fight was cancelled after Linares tested positive for COVID-19 weeks before the fight. Fortuna faced fringe contender Antonio Lozado on November 22 in Los Angeles, battering him over six one-sided rounds before the fight was stopped.

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