Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte stopped overmatched Noel Mendoza of Phoenix at 1:54 of the third round Saturday night at StubHub Center.
Diaz decked Mendoza (6-3) twice in the third round, referee Raul Caiz Jr. waving off the bout after the second knockdown.
Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is now 7-0 with five knockouts. His bout was televised on Showtime Extreme.
Lucas Matthysse of Argentina is rapidly becoming known as one of the hardest hitters in boxing, pound-for-pound. He again showed that this past Saturday when he decked Lamont Peterson three times and stopped him in the third round of their bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
It caused Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, to proclaim to reporters afterward, “We have a new Manny Pacquiao. He’s from Argentina and his name is Lucas Matthysse.” Matthysse is promoted by Golden Boy.
Matthysse, 30, holds an interim junior welterweight title. He is 34-2 with 32 knockouts. You can catch the replay of Saturday’s bout Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Showtime Extreme.
It’s too early to tell what Anthony Ogogo of England might amount to as a prize-fighter. He was good as an amateur, and won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
One thing’s for sure, the 24-year-old from Lowestoft, Suffolk, seems to have the right emotional state to succeed.
“I’ve always loved sports,” said Ogogo, who Saturday will take on Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KOs) of Chicago in a middleweight preliminary bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime Extreme). “I came across boxing when I was 12-years-old and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the intensity and passion of it. I knew that whether I was going to be any good or not, that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and it turned out pretty well.
“I walked into the boxing gym when I was 12. I sparred that very first day and I’ve never turned back.”
Ogogo opened his pro career with a second-round TKO of Kieron Gray on April 27 in England.
All that said, we have to think of a nickname for this guy. Anyone with a last name as cool as his deserves one. Taking suggestions.