By Rey Colon
Undefeated junior lightweight Jose Pedraza will make his third professional fight on June 11 in New York. The fight will be a six round contest which is possibly going to air on ESPN. Pedraza (2-0 and two knockouts) is managed by a trio of promoters consisting of Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo, who also paired up to sign the hard-hitting junior lightweight Kenny Galarza (14-1 and 14 KOs).
"That's the date we have and it should be the day before the Puerto Rican Day Parade. I have understood that it will be on ESPN. For now I'll visit the gym after another week of rest. I can not stop," Pedraza said.
Pedraza said the jump to the professional ranks has been 'very exciting' and stated that he plans to continue being humble by following the example of Felix 'Tito' Trinidad, a five-time champions who is also known as the ' People's Champion' in Puerto Rico.
"We must continue with humility. My dad is always going to be guiding and supported me but humility is the secret. I want to be the shadow of Tito Trinidad. Not only in boxing but also with the people," he said.
Meanwhile, his father and coach Luis Espada, said they have on agenda to hold a total of six to seven bouts in 2011 and said that when his pupil finishes his boxing career, he would like to see take part in his other passion, athletics.
"He's a natural athlete. He was a bronze medal winner at the age of 17 in cross country running and can run these long distances. He was champion in Puerto Rico," he said. "Next year he could be fighting for the title at 135 pounds. Gordo, as we call him, is a very good boxer and has strength in his hands. He is very versatile. His hands are very heavy and for us that is no surprise. But he also has very good boxing skills and extraordinary lung capacity. So we fast tracked him to six rounds."