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Joseph Diaz Jr To Defend NABO Title Against Victor Terrazas Feb 22

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2018): Golden Boy Promotions will continue its
partnership with ESPN for this exciting new year with an explosive main
event featuring 126-pound contender *Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. *(25-0, 13
KOs) defending his NABO Featherweight Title against former world
champion *Victor
“Vikingo” Terrazas* (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition of *Golden Boy
Boxing on ESPN *at* Fantasy Springs Resort Casino *in Indio, Calif.Doors to
the Special Events Center open at 5:00 p.m. PT, and the first non-televised
bout starts at 5:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the
fights beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission
will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Diaz Jr., a 25-year-old prodigy of South El Monte, Calif., was an
exceptional amateur prospect who was part of the 2012 United States Olympic
Team. After making his debut with Golden Boy Promotions in December 2012 at
the now-defunct LA Sports Arena, Diaz, Jr. climbed the 126-pound rankings
defeating one tough opponent after another. Diaz, Jr. had a great 2017 as
he participated in two Pay-Per-View events. In the HBO-televised undercard
of *Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.*, Diaz, Jr. cruised to a 10-round unanimous
decision victory against the previously undefeated *Manuel “Tino” Avila*.
Diaz, Jr. then defeated *Rafael “Bing Bang” Rivera *via dominant 12-round
decision in the co-main event of the historic *Canelo vs. Golovkin* HBO
pay-per-view event. Diaz, Jr. will look to continue his path to a world
title with a win on Feb. 22.

“I look forward to making my 2018 debut,” said *Diaz, Jr*. “And what better
way than by facing a tough former world champion in Victor Terrazas! I will
remind everyone why I deserve a world title shot by headlining this card
exciting fashion.”

Terrazas, a 34-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, is a former world
champion who defeated *Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares *to capture the WBC
Super Bantamweight Title. Terrazas, a student of the traditional Mexican
school of boxing, has fought fighters at a world championship level from
different parts of the world, and will bring years of fighting experience
into his fight against Diaz, Jr.

“I have faced great fighters in my career,” said *Terrazas.* “And this
fight against Joseph Diaz, Jr. will not be an exception. I think that my
experience will be very important, and I have no doubts that I will leave
with my hand raised.”

*Vergil Ortiz, Jr.* (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prospect who has
delighted fans with his tremendous knockout power, will return in the
eight-round co-main event. After debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz,
Jr. has never heard the final bell of a bout, and he’s anxious to retain
his 100% knockout rate in the year 2018. One must definitely not lose sight
of this sensational Mexican American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico.

The explosive undercard will be stacked with the best and brightest
prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. Lightweight
knockout artist *Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez* (18-1, 15 KOs) will make his
highly anticipated ring return over a scheduled eight rounds of action in
his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino debut*. *Gonzalez is a hard-hitting
prospect who is coming off two spectacular wins, the last of which was
against *Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz. *

*Manny “Chato” Robles III* (14-0, 6 KOs), after making his headlining debut
in Sept. of 2017, will square off in an eight-round featherweight fight.
Power punching prospect*Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio* (10-0, 7 KOs) of Ciudad
Nezahualcoyotl by way of South Central, Los Angeles, California will start
the year off with a bang in an eight-round battle in the 126-pound division.

*Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr.*(11-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will
open the evening of very exciting combats in an eight-round super
featherweight fight. In the night’s swing bout, *Genaro “El Conde” Gamez* (6-0,
4 KOs) will participate in a six-round lightweight fight.

Opponents for these exciting, rising prospects will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT, and
start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort
Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946 <(800)%20827-2946>, or by
purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com

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