Fighters who have not seen action in over a year turn off when challenger Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov from Tajikistan meets JoJo Diaz Jr. in a 12-round matchup Saturday. Diaz lost weight and lost his IBF title on Friday, but the fight continues. Diaz has collected a 31-1 record with 15 knockouts. Since he lost a unanimous decision to Gary Russell Jr. in May 2018, Diaz has helped five straight wins, including a seven-round TKO over Freddy Fonseca. Rakhimov is undefeated as a professional and wins all of his 15 matches, including 12 by knockout. He has defended his IBO Super Featherweight Championship three times with three by knockout.
The main event from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, is scheduled to begin at 23.00 ET. No fans are allowed to participate due to the coronavirus pandemic. William Hill Sportsbook has Diaz as a favorite at -160 (risks $ 160 to win $ 100) in the recent Diaz vs. Rakhimov odds where the underdog gets +135 (risk $ 100 to win $ 135). Before you make any Diaz vs. Rakhimov election, see the latest boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A candidate for this year’s Cus D’Amato candidate for the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2020, Kahn, has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn has managed several world champions and currently manages 20 fighters through his company, Fight Game Advisors. He can be seen and heard weekly on “The Fight Guys” on YouTube.
Kahn is creepy when it comes to picking matches. He is an astonishing 32-7 on SportsLine boxing picks since the break due to the coronavirus pandemic, which returned $ 3,472 to $ 100 players.
Last month, Kahn predicted Ryan Garcia would knock Luke Campbell out in 9.5 rounds. Garcia knocked Campbell out in the seventh round. In December, Kahn said Anthony Joshua would beat Kubrat Pulev in the first three rounds, a 2-1 underdog pick. The result? Joshua delivered two knockdowns in the third round en route to a 9th round TKO. Before that, Kahn legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. predicted would fight for a draw and anyone who followed Kahn’s advice was rewarded with a 12-1 payout!
In October, Kahn called one of the biggest disruptions of the year and predicted that Teofimo Lopez would stun Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the overall lightweight champion. The result? Lopez overtook the pound-for-pound king from the first bell and won convincingly for a monster payout. Anyone who followed Kahn’s advice won $ 350 for every $ 100 risk.
Now, with Saturday’s quick outreach match, Kahn has analyzed Diaz vs. Rakhimov from all angles, identified the best value in boxing odds and released three best bets. Go to SportsLine to see all his boxing choices.
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Diaz was supposed to fight the farmer in a rematch, but it never happened. The IBF then ordered Diaz to meet with Rakhimov, the obligatory challenger. Diaz, who competed at the 2012 Olympics as a bantamweight, became pro shortly after. He started his pro career in 2012 and won a unanimous decision over Vincent Alfaro. In 2015, Diaz fought for the vacant WBC-NABF featherweight title, defeating Hugo Partida via TKO in the second round.
He retained the title in the next five matches and won the WBO-NABO featherweight title. He lost his first professional fight against Gary Russell Jr. in 2018.
Rakhimov won a number of gold medals at the Tajikistan National Championships and has participated in the World Boxing Championships in 2013 and the World Boxing Championships in 2014. He made his professional debut in 2015, won the WBO Inter-Continental Youth Superweight in 2016 and had in mid-2017 10 wins with all but two at stoppage. Later that year, he won the vacant IBO Super Featherweight Championship.
None of the fighters have been in action due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Kahn expects both boxers to fight a bit.
“While Diaz is not an insurmountable favorite, he is still a favorite,” Kahn said. “Both warriors may show some ring rust in addition to having to acclimatize to the bubble environment.” You can see Kahns Diaz vs. Rakhimov election on SportsLine.
How to make Diaz vs. Rakmihov election
Kahn is betting that the match will go 12 rounds. But he has an even stronger choice of who wins. He says a critical X-factor you don’t even think about determines this much-anticipated battle. You can see all his choices and analysis right here.
Who wins Diaz vs. Rakmihov? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best game for Saturday, ranging from the head of the fighting game, who is 32-7 on boxing, since the sport returned, and find out.