Devin Haney vs Joseph Diaz Jr. headlined a 5-fight card on DAZN which aired live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
LAS VEGAS (December 4, 2021) — The main card for DAZN’s WBC Lightweight championship bout between reigning champion Devin “The Dream” Haney and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. featured five fights. New Matchroom Boxing signee Montana “Too Pretty” Love took on the experienced Carlos Diaz in the co-main event.
Love didn’t make the 140-pound max for the Lightweight division. The Cleveland, Ohio native wasn’t close. The southpaw was fairly sharp in Round 1, and easily boxed his way to 1-0 on the scorecards.
Diaz (29-2, 14 KOs) touched his gloves together to invite Love to trade early in Round 2, but Love dropped him seconds later. Diaz was down again around 2:00. With two knockdowns scored, Love waited to set another trap, and by 1:20 he had another knockdown. Diaz was back standing toe-to-toe with less than 20 seconds to go with his hands lowered.
Love operated off the back foot in the third frame as Diaz attempted to press him. Love easily out-boxed Diaz and after a short sequence with the Ohioan coming forward, referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the fight at 1:22.
With the victory Love improved to 17-0-1 with his ninth stoppage.
Jessica McCaskill vs Kandi Wyatt
Undisputed Welterweight champion Jessica “Caskilla” McCaskill, surprisingly, defended her four titles against a last replacement in Canadian Kandi Wyatt. The champion caught the upright Wyatt (10-4, 3 KOs) flush a few times early in the first round. The balance of the round went well for McCaskill.
McCaskill (11-2, 4 KOs) marched forward unleashing an array of punches through most of Round 2. Wyatt landed her best shot of the first four minutes in that frame.
McCaskill pressed forward and snapped the challenger’s head violently with a crushing right hand with about 30 seconds to go in Round 3.
The champion continued pressing forward in the subsequent round. McCaskill connected with uppercuts, body punches and head shots. Wyatt appeared to be a step or two behind the champion, but she endued the punishment.
The going only got tougher for Wyatt in rounds 5, 6 and 7. The swelling momentum of McCaskill, and the challenger’s reddened face, forced referee Celestino Ruiz to jump in to halt the bout at :19 in Round 7.
Filip Hrgovic vs Emir Ahmatovic
Rising Heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) wasn’t supposed to face Emir Ahmatovic (10-1, 7 KOs) but the German Heavyweight became a late replacement. He fought lively in Round 1.
Hrgovic fought poised as if he was waiting on the difference in class to become the key factor. He dropped Ahmatovic with under a minute to go in the second round. The German was down again, the result of some downward chopping punches, a few seconds before the bell. He got up again and continued on after the break.
The pressure became too much early in Round 3. An early flurry of punches forced Ahmatovic down to one knee. Referee Allen Huggins wisely stopped the fight after :30. Hrgovic picked up his 14th victory with his 12th stoppage.
Marc Castro vs Ronaldo Solis
Marc Castro dropped Ronaldo Solis in the first frame of their 6-round Super Featherweight bout. Solis (4-3-1, 3 KOs) managed to get up to complete the round. Castro landed a huge right hand, an overhand punch, in Round 2 that snapped Solis’ head and left him hurt badly leaning back into the lower ropes. Referee Robert Hoyle waved the fight off 43 seconds into the round, after getting a closer look at Solis and determining he wasn’t capable of defending himself. Castro improved to 5-0 with his fifth victory inside the distance.
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