Joseph Diaz vs. Jayson Velez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/26/16
Jayson Velez vs. Joseph Diaz
Boxing: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Jayson Velez +363 / Joseph Diaz -500 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Joseph Diaz and Jayson Velez fight late Saturday night at the Oracle Arena.
Joseph Diaz enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Diaz’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Hugo Partida. Diaz has been quickly climbing up the ranks at 23 years old, and Rene Alvarado is the only fighter to come close to giving him a scare at this point. Diaz has a short reach of just 64 inches, but he throws hard, compact punches to the face and body. Diaz has future star written all over him if he can continue to improve and build on his heavy work ethic. The concern for Diaz is that he does get tagged a bit due to his short reach, he has to get closer to his opponent than you would like. This will be Diaz’s 12th fight in California, his home state.
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Jayson Velez enters this fight with a 23-1-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Velez has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November loss to Ronny Rios. Velez is a very lengthy fighter for his weight class and has a solid reach of 70 inches. Velez has power in both hands and does a nice job of mixing up punches to the head and body. Velez likes to stay aggressive and dictate the pace of the fight, sometimes making his opponent uncomfortable. The concern with Velez is that he does leave room for counters when he gets too aggressive looking for a knockout. Velez is very prone to uppercuts when he gets sloppy on the offensive end. This will be Velez’s first fight in California.
The big reach difference in this fight does give Velez a punchers chance to pull off the upset. However, if we’re being honest, Diaz is easily the more talented boxer and has the offensive game to take advantage of Velez and his sometimes shaky defense. Diaz is the total package and will soon become a household name if he continues this upswing he’s currently on.
Look for Diaz to remain undefeated.