Joseph Diaz (28-1, 14 KOs) cruised to an easy unanimous decision victory on Saturday, February 9, 2019, over Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Diaz dominated the action all night and it proved on the scorecards as all three judges scored the contest the same, 99-91. For Diaz, this marks his second-consecutive victory since losing a close decision to WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.
Diaz pressed the action from the opening bell as Huerta just could not get any momentum going during the contest. It seemed as though Huerta was stuck in mud and confused all night.
Diaz would land several combinations and his opponent just wouldn’t throw anything of note back. Diaz pressed to score the stoppage win, but to Huerta’s credit he survived the onslaught until the very end.
The win for Diaz was important as he had a forgetful 2018. Not only did he lose his opportunity to lift the WBC title, but he also defeated the WBA champion Jesus Rojas and then failed to win the belt because he did not make the weight. Now that Diaz is focused and seemingly on track, he is eyeing a big 2019.
As for Huerta, his future is unclear. He has never fought for a world title in his career. Also, his poor performance tonight won’t win over many fans. At age 32, time is running out for the veteran fighter.
A rematch with Russell Jr. is what Diaz seems to be angling for. If he can continue to string together a few more dominant performances than he might be next in line to once again challenge for a world title.