Joesph “Jo Jo” Diaz: “I Wanna Retire Abner Mares”

Jo Jo Diaz and Abner Mares trade words on social media!

Joseph Diaz (left), Abner Mares
Joseph Diaz (left), Abner Mares

Jo Jo Diaz and Abner Mares trade words on social media!


Months after becoming the new IBF Junior Lightweight champion with an impressive win over former champion and rival Tevin Farmer (30-5-1, 6KOs) Joesph “Jo Jo” Diaz (31-1, 15KOs), has turned his attention on four-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15KOs).

Diaz took to Twitter declaring that he wanted to retire Mares. Mares hasn’t fought since June of 2018, where he lost a unanimous decision in a rematch against Leo Santa Cruz.

Joseph Diaz and Abner Mares exchange over social media
Joseph Diaz and Abner Mares exchange over social media

Plagued recently by a detached retina that put his career in jeopardy, the former multi-weight champion is more than willing to return against Diaz. Mares even went as far as to proclaim that a fight with Diaz would be nothing more than a fight that would prepare him for the big fights.

Both men are from California. They also both have fan-friendly styles that would surely have the potential to produce an all-out action slugfest. For Mares, it would be a chance to become a champion again. For Diaz, a win over Mares would give him his most significant victory yet in his career.

Would Golden Boy and PBC be willing to work together to make such a match-up come to fruition? That’s hard to call but if the fighters want it, why not make it happen?

One potential roadblock is Tevin Farmer, who has a rematch clause I’m sure he’s going to exercise so he can attempt to get his IBF strap back.

3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

By: Jerrell Fletcher

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Jerrell Fletcher - Lead Journalist Jerrell "Big Kool" Fletcher is the host of YouTube boxing channel "Colossal Sports TV" and is the Lead Journalist for 3kingsboxing.com.