one of the most perks, as the thinking goes, of being a titleholder at the moment is that you just get to name the pictures, which is exactly why Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz had no pastime in pursuing a rematch with Tevin Farmer, whom he defeated by using 12-round choice to win the IBF junior lightweight title closing January, however there changed into a rematch clause in their customary contract.
“i wished to combat Tevin Farmer,” Diaz said on a recent episode of the SI Boxing Podcast. “I advised my advisory enterprise MTK and i advised [promoter] Golden Boy that i wished to make the battle happen. undoubtedly things on Tevin Farmer’s side wasn’t matching up. They nonetheless wanted to be the A-facet and that i didn’t need to be the B-aspect. They wanted to take the better pay, the greater purse, and i didn’t wish to contend with that.”
as a substitute, Diaz (31-1, 15 KOs) is now making ready to face his IBF necessary Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov at the fantasy Springs on line casino in Indio, Calif. on Feb. 13. Diaz, youngsters, made it clear that he is more than willing to face Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs) down the road – but the phrases ought to go his approach. he’s the champion, in any case.
“I [became] the champion,” Diaz referred to. “I imply, I whooped his ass, even with the reduce eye within the 2nd circular. I think like I deserved to be the A-aspect. I’ll combat Tevin Farmer however things gotta appear financially right and going every thing in my choose. combating over here in California, the main adventure, and that i’ll be the A-aspect. None of that ended up materializing.
“They desired to faux that they desired to battle me however still supply me peanuts and provides me the pay that they wanted — Tevin Farmer getting more money and me taking a pay reduce. at the end of the day, I’m the champion and i deserve to be the A-aspect. i’d gladly want to whoop Tevin Farmer’s ass again. I’m no longer fearful of him, I’m now not ducking him at all. It simply doesn’t make sense. After this combat, after I deal with this obligatory, if issues make experience, like I noted, i will be able to provide Tevin Farmer a rematch. I simply are looking to get what’s right and what I deserve.”
Farmer’s handlers, which contains promoter Lou DiBella, have insisted that Diaz become in violation of their contract. Diaz, although, says he is on company criminal ground.
“Like i pointed out, [the contract] expired,” Diaz says. “All it’s already over with. i will be able to’t go again and everything. My lawyers already instructed me that it expired. I’m not going to head in response to that contract. That contract is already performed and dealt with. Now it’s simply specializing in a brand new contract and a brand new agreement. I’m agreeing to combat him again. i will supply him the possibility to fight for his title once more and check out to win it lower back, but the terms gotta be distinctive now.”