‘Jo Jo’ Diaz Stops Castaneda after 4!
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On Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio CA., undefeated featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (12-0, 8 KOs) beat the spirit out of veteran Roberto Castaneda (21-7, 15 KOs) over four rounds to easily earn a TKO victory. The South El Monte fighter dominated the action from the opening bell and fired off combinations that eventually broke down Castaneda. At the end of the fourth round, following limited activity by Castaneda, referee Raul Caiz Sr. asked the Mexicali fighter about the condition of his right hand. Then brought in the ringside physician who informed Castaneda’s corner -without much examination- that Castaneda had broken his hand and either they stop it or he would. Castaneda, who was never really in the fight was not allowed to answer the bell for the fifth round.
“El Camaron” Julian Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) earned a TKO victory over Pedro Melo (9-6-2, KOs) after four complete rounds. Ramirez dominated the action and eventually broke down Melo over the four rounds. A clash of heads opened up a cut over Melo’s left eye, leaving him unable to answer the call for the fifth round. Melo’s corner seemed to make the decision to not let their fighter continue.
“The Golden Kid” Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Ali Gonzalez (6-4, 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for six. De La Hoya scored a flash knockdown in the second and finished it in the fifth. A right uppercut stunned the Mexican southpaw and sent him stumbling to the ropes, De La Hoya pursued and finished him off with a flurry of shots. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. stepped in at 1:40 and called a halt to the beating.
Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Tommy Washington Jr. (3-6, 2 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled four. A overhand right to the back of the head sent Washington down for the count. Referee Jack Reiss would reach the count of ten with Washington down on his knees. Official time was 2:35.
Lightweight Jesus Delgado (3-0, 1 KO) scored a dominate unanimous decision over Rick Quevedo (1-2) after four rounds. Scores were 40-36 all around.