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Jose Pedraza Aims For Francisco Vargas Showdown

By Miguel Rivera

IBO super featherweight champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza is aiming to have two or three more fights in 2014, including a showdown against unbeaten Mexican contender Francisco Vargas (24-0-1, 14KOs).

Vargas is climbing quickly in the ranks and defeated two Puerto Rican boxers in his most recent outings. He won a decision over Abner Cotto and then last month knocked off two-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez in three rounds.

"I hope to return soon and then have a big fight in December," confessed Pedraza (18-0, 12 KO) to Carlos Gonzalez. "Fighting against Vargas would be a great finish to this year."

"After the fight against Martinez, I told my promoter [Gary Shaw] about the idea [of facing Vargas] and he liked it. He is very interested, so we are in agreement on that. At the moment I'm looking at October for the next fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 08-25-2014

[QUOTE=Corelone;14885405]That last guy Pedraza beat was arguably better at this stage than Juanma and Abner was never that good. To say Vargas had better competition is questionable. He has had more fights, more exposure, he also is at home in…

Comment by baya on 08-25-2014

great fight if they decide to pursue it. nothing better than a mex / rican fight w/ undefeated prospects.

Comment by Corelone on 08-25-2014

That last guy Pedraza beat was arguably better at this stage than Juanma and Abner was never that good. To say Vargas had better competition is questionable. He has had more fights, more exposure, he also is at home in…

Comment by PureBoxingCEO on 08-25-2014

I have more faith in Pedraza than any other PRican fighter, even above Verdejo. Pedraza's ain't perfect by any means, but at this stage he has showed great stamina and precision with his punches, with an underrated footwork. Vargas is…

Comment by richardt on 08-25-2014

[QUOTE=Corelone;14884558]You are Vargas fan and say somebody is easy to hit? Vargas is a face first fighter, a good one, but straight ahead. Juanma was an old man, boxing, and Abner only won in Puerto Rico. Pedraza is not old…

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