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Gary Russell Jr. vs. JoJo Diaz Headed to Maryland on May 19

Contrary to reports from Bad Left Hook and Boxing Scene–among others–Joseph Diaz (26-0, 14 KOs) confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that his championship title clash against Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) will be headed to Maryland.

The location, presumably, will be The Theater at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill.

The May 19 scrap was thought to be headed to Montreal to serve as the co-main event to Adonis Stevenson’s title defense against Badou Jack.

While Diaz’s challenge against Russell Jr. will still be the Showtime co-main event on May 19, it’ll be a split site telecast.

Diaz, who is the mandatory challenge to Russell Jr.’s WBC title, will put his undefeated mark on the line.


Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.