Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov taking place? Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, USA

When is Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on and what time does it start? Sunday 14th February, 2021 – 03:00 (UK)’

Where can I get tickets for Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov? Visit this link for the latest ticket information

What channel is Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on? This fight will not be televised in the UK

Where can I stream Joseph Diaz vs Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov? DAZN are providing the stream for the fight

THE LOWDOWN

IBF super featherweight champion Joseph Diaz (31-1, 15 KO) is making the first defence of the title which he won in January 2020 courtesy of defeating Tevin Farmer on points. Diaz has won all five of his bouts since he moved up to super featherweight after his defeat against Gary Russell Jr. in August 2018.

Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) has an unblemished record in the professional ranks with 15 wins from 15 bouts. It could be said that this is a big step up in level for the Tajikistani fighter, but he has a formidable KO record which suggests that he will pose a big threat to the champion.

THE PREDICTION

"JoJo" Diaz faces a very tough test as he defends the IBF super featherweight belt for the first time against rising Tajikistani star Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov. The heavy-hitting challenger will certainly be well-motivated for this fight and Diaz is going to have to be sharp from the off against an opponent who is expected to come out strongly from the first bell. The edge that Diaz has in terms of experience could well be the crucial factor here though and he is tipped to keep hold of his title courtesy of a win via the judges’ scorecards.

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