At the weigh in today Joseph “JoJo” Diaz came in 3.6 pounds overweight for his first defence of his super featherweight world title. The limit for the division is 130 and Diaz came in hugely overweight at 133.6.
This is hugely disappointing as it means hes stripped of his world title and if he wins on Saturday the title will stay vacant with the next two in line challenging for it. If Diaz had won this fight it’s likely he would have headed into a unification fight or a mega fight and pay day versus Gervonta Davis. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov made weight and will be the only one of the two who can win the title. He’s also gained an extra 50,000 dollars on his purse due to Diaz missing weight while Diaz was fined 100,000.
I was already picking Rakhimov to win but Diaz weighing in heavy and also not looking to be in great shape has made me more confident that Rakhimov will win. Even if he loses its likely the IBF will give him another shot due to Diaz coming in heavy. I’m hoping that Rakhimov wins and the cards are fair as I’d rather the title wasn’t vacant.