Joseph Diaz and Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov vie for IBF world championship glory this weekend
- Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov goes Saturday, February 13th at 8 PM EST
- Who leaves the ring this weekend as an IBF world champion?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Joseph Diaz versus Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov emanates from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Diaz vs Rakhimov will broadcast on DAZN at 8 PM EST.
The IBF world super featherweight title is on the line, with Diaz aiming to make his first defense against surging contender Rakhimov.
Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov Odds
|Brian Carlos Castano||-550|
Odds as of Feb. 10
Berchelt vs Valdez and Herring vs Frampton will also take place this month for other significant 130-pound hardware.
This could time out marvelously for some big unification bouts later in 2021. This would increase the already high stakes attached to this Diaz and Rakhimov bout.
Joseph Diaz Attempts First Title Defense
The champion has more than double the experience of his challenger with Diaz having over 30 pro bouts. Joseph Diaz also has a decorated amateur run to underpin his pro experience as he was an Olympian on the way up.
JoJo Diaz’s lone defeat as a pro came against Gary Russell Jr in a WBC world featherweight title fight. He lost via unanimous decision in May 2018. However, he has put together five straight victories after that lone blemish was put on the record.
Diaz’s latest outing saw him secure a unanimous decision victory over Tevin Farmer to become world champion.
Diaz has been out of action for a bit over a year. Part of the reason was due to negotiations trending towards a Farmer rematch.
When details couldn’t be finalized on that in a prompt enough fashion, Diaz redirected his focuses.
Unbeaten Title Contender
Rakhimov is the IBF mandatory and has a spotless professional record leading into this prizefight.
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov captured the IBO world super featherweight championship in only his eleventh pro bout and defended that crown multiple times successfully.
The title challenger has an eighty percent finishing rate while also possessing decent speed and savvy ability to level change with consistent bodywork.
These 130 pounders are certainly, worthy of topping this marquee matchup in the latest promotional effort from Golden Boy.
This twelve round affair will also be a rare southpaw versus southpaw showcase.
Diaz vs Rakhimov Tale of the Tape
|Freddy Fonseca, Tevin Farmer, Victor Terrazas||Significant Wins||Malcolm Klassen, Emanuel Lopez, Azinga Fuzile|
I think Diaz has the superior resume at this point and is more proven against a higher level of competition.
There’s good value in my estimation on props for this fight going the distance and also on Diaz winning via points/decision.
Pick: Joseph Diaz (-240)
Brian Carlos Castano vs Patrick Teixeira
Both pugilists in this bout are making their returns to the ring after fighting in November 2019.
Patrick Teixeira bested Carlos Adames via unanimous decision in a WBO interim world super welterweight title bout. Brian Carlos Castano last competed against Wale Omotoso, where he halted his adversary within five rounds.
The co-feature is similar to the main event. Castano and Teixeira will bid for the WBO world super welterweight championship.
Both men hold WBO gold below the world title level, but only one can jettison themselves towards a world championship accolade here.
In the end, I see Castano getting the victory inside the distance considering his KO rate overall and the quality of competition he has conquered so far.
Pick: Brian Carlos Castano (-550)
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