CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- No. 3 ranked IBF lightweight Julio
Diaz knocked out Russell Stoner Jones in the first round Tuesday
Diaz (32-3, 24 KOs) stopped Jones 1:59 into the fight with a
left hook to Jones' right eye. The 132-pound Jones (19-12, 14 KOs)
made it to his feet by the mandatory eight count but then dropped
to his knees and was counted out.
"I wasn't surprised it ended so quickly," said Diaz, who had
knocked out two sparring partners with similar left hooks in
preparation for this fight. "I feel very big and strong now. I am
on top of my game right now and I want to take advantage of it
against some big names that are out there."
It was the second straight first-round knockout for the
136½-pound Diaz since losing last March to Jose Luis Castillo, then
the WBC champion.