By Miguel Rivera
At the beginning of his professional career, Jose 'Sniper' Pedraza thought that his career would be well managed by having three promoters.
Things did not exactly work out that way. In the last two years, Pedraza has only fought twice.
The last time Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) was in the ring, he lost his IBF super featherweight title when he was knocked out by Gervonta Davis in the seventh round.
According to Pedraza, all of his promotional obligations to Lou DiBella, Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo are set to expire this month - and then he intends to seek out a new promotional agreement.
"We could not reach agreements with the promoters to get me to fight. We decided to wait until the end of the contract, which ends now in January," said Pedraza to Sara Hernandez.
"We simply did not reach an agreement. The promoters always watch out for their side. Economically, we did not reach agreements. They mentioned some boxers for me to fight, and we did not reach any economic agreements. When we could not reach agreements with the purses, they decided not to have me fight me. My career was not well taken care of."
The fighter explained that one of the problems he faced was that, sometimes, when his promoters had events they would exclude him from the cards. Other times, they told him he was going to fight on a certain date and then they changed the date, which affected his training pattern.
"For example, they will tell you: 'We're going to make you champion this year. ' And then suddenly, 'no, in two more years.' They promise you things and they do not comply with what they said."
"[I wanted to fight other champions and] I always faced challengers, like Stephen Smith. Another was Edner Cherry, who was not contender [for my title]. Yes it was excellent, terrific ... but I did not gain anything from fighting with them [in terms of legacy]. They were simply fights to make defenses."