Welterweight Oscar Diaz of San Antonio, stayed on the fast track to the world rankings with a workmanlike 10-round unanimous decision over Thomas Davis at the Thunderbird Casino in Norman, Okla., televised on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights."
Scores were 97-92 twice, and 96-93 for Diaz, who improves to 21-1 with 11 KOs. Davis falls to 9-3-1 with five KOs.
Diaz was aggressive from the opening bell, working his hooks well on the 6-foot-2 Davis. Davis kept his distance as he tried to establish his jab from long range, but the biggest point scorer for the Knoxville, Tenn., native came after the bell, when Diaz was docked a point by referee Jay Nady for punching after the bell.
Looking to make up for his one-point deficit, Diaz came out bombing in round two, and he did his best work at close range when he could pin his foe on the ropes.
Diaz continued to work effectively in the third, digging to the body with both hands as he caught Davis on the ropes with more frequency, completely nullifying the taller fighter's attack. Late in the round, Davis started to mount an attack with some overhand rights, but by the end of the frame, Diaz once again had his opponent pinned in the corner and on the defensive.
As the fourth round opened, Davis bounced back though, spearing Diaz with hard lefts from long range that kept the Texan off-balance. Diaz rarely took a backward step, though, as he walked forward fearlessly in an effort to get close.
The fight remained at a pace well-suited to Davis in the fifth round, as Diaz's work rate dropped and Davis' jabs and counters increased.
Getting back in Davis' chest in the sixth round, Diaz again worked effectively with both hands as his foe was forced to fight off his back foot for the majority of the three minutes, and his punch output reflected that.
Again in the seventh, Diaz outworked and outmuscled his foe, and though Davis opened up a bit in the early stages of the eighth, Diaz finished strong and kept walking through the punches of his opponent, a pattern that continued until the final bell, where the decision was academic.
In the FNF co-feature, super middleweight prospect Allan Green improved to 17-0 with 11 KOs by scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Teddy Muller. Scores were 99-91 across the board. Muller, game but outclassed by the slick Green, falls to 16-3-1 with 6 KOs.
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