Milo Taibi, Staff Writer
I’m picking Joseph Diaz. With Jayson Velez serving as the biggest name on the 23-year-old prospect’s resume, Velez will be a formidable opponent in Diaz’s HBO debut.
But, Velez will be making a relatively quick turnaround from a UD loss on November 21.
I think Diaz will take a hard-fought victory over the battle-tested Velez, and continue to ascend the Featherweight ranks.
Sarah Gruber, Staff Writer
I like Joseph Diaz in this fight. I think Diaz will look to capitalize on the opportunity of his HBO debut.
Diaz should look to make it impressive against Jayson Velez and will win by KO.
Paul Johnson, Staff Writer
Liam Brady, Staff Writer/Graphic Designer
Brandon Glass, Staff Writer
A real test for Jo Jo Diaz comes in the form of Puerto Rican featherweight Jayson Velez. Velez has more experience and a six-inch reach advantage, but due to his tendency to be aggressive (and Diaz having to get close to be effective), this may not have an effect on the fight.
Velez is skilled, but at times his aggression leads to huge opportunities for his opponents. This fight should be an all action affair, due to both fighters’ aggressive natures.
However, the greener Diaz is seemingly the more complete fighter of the two and his work to the body should see him wear Velez down as the fight continues. With his work ethic and prolific body punching, I think Diaz stays undefeated by stopping Velez late, or by decision.
Robert Contreras, Staff Writer
Ardy Ajoste, Graphic Designer
Alex Burgos, Editor-in-Chief
Really good co-main event between Joseph Diaz and Jayson Velez. It wasn’t too long ago that Velez was being touted as a future champion, but after a hard-fought draw against Evgeny Gradovich and dropping a decision to the less heralded Ronny Rios, Velez finds himself in need of a big victory to avoid gatekeeper status.
Diaz seems to have the goods, but this will definitely be his biggest test to date.
I don’t think it’ll be a walk in the park, but I expect Diaz to come out on top with a decision or late-stoppage victory.