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Jose Pedraza Plans on Going To The Body To Slow Beltran Down

By Ryan Burton

Former super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza (24-1) has the opportunity to become a two-division champion on Saturday when he faces WBO lightweight kingpin Ray Beltran (35-7-1). 

The fight takes place at the Gila River Arena just north of Phoenix and will serve as an ESPN main event.  WBO super bantamweight titleholder Isaac Dogboe defends his belt against Hidenori Otake in the televised co-feature bout.

Pedraza made his debut with Top Rank in March and is 2-0 since signing with the promotional company.  He is very happy to be getting his third fight in less than six months after having long periods of inactivity with his prior promoter.

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"I am very happy with Top Rank. I have been very active and that is what all boxers want. Before I wasn't fighting very often and like you said this will be my third fight of the year and this is what I need to continue improving and to get better in my career," said Pedraza.

The 29-year-old from Caguas, Puerto Rico has a lot of respect for Beltran.  He expects to have a tough fight but believes that his skills and determination will overcome anything that the Mexican brings to the ring.

"The most important key for me is the motivation. The motivation to train hard. I am very sure of myself. I know what Ray Beltran brings to the ring and I will be ready for what he brings. I can't give away my plan but I need to box him well. Beltran likes to fight toe to toe but I need to have my defense sharp and go to his body to slow him down," explained Pedraza.

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He is now 3-0 since losing his title in his only professional loss which came against Gervonta Davis in January, 2017.  After a 14 month layoff Pedraza says that he is refocused and rededicated and is solely looking forward to the future.

"I was very frustrated. I was training all of the time but I wasn't fighting. I was training to be ready but at the same time I wasn't getting fights and then Hurricane Maria hit so I had a lot of things happen along with that loss but all of that is in the past now," Pedraza told

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Joeboxeo on 08-25-2018

Nice match up between a brawler and a boxer! Pedraza is pretty good, more slick, more fresher and mobile than Ray, he have good chance to win... Beltran is a little bit old for that division, for sure... But this…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 08-25-2018

Its an interesting fight, definitely looking forward to it. Pedraza has good skills but his defense has holes and he lets himself get tagged a lot. Could be trouble against Beltran.

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 08-25-2018

Pedraza is going to win, If he don't play the trade punches game with Beltran. Mark my words.:boxing:

Comment by Bronx2245 on 08-25-2018

Pr + mex = good fight!

Comment by Hatesrats on 08-25-2018

Pedraza will be up on points mid card until Beltran catches that chin.

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