Jose Pedraza Plans To Target Vasyl Lomachenko if He Wins

By Miguel Rivera

The junior lightweight champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Jose 'Sniper' Pedraza (22-0, 12KOs), will be very attentive on the outcome of the fight between WBO champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko.

The fight takes place this Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Pedraza will be sitting ringside at the venue to show his support for Martinez. Pedraza's other countryman, Felix Verdejo, will also see action on the card.

Pedraza has no interest in facing Martinez. The two are close friends and Pedraza helped him get ready for the contest with Lomachenko, who vacated his WBO featherweight title to pursue a second divisional belt.


Pedraza wants to secure a unification fight before he moves up in weight to 135-pounds.

"The purpose of going to New York is to support both Rocky and Felix Verdejo. In the event that something happens with Rocky, we will make an approach to Lomachenko to unify the titles, "said Luis Espada, coach Pedraza, to Carlos Gonzalez.

Espada had hoped that Pedraza would be able to land a unification bout with Mexican Francisco Vargas, who holds the WBC championship - but last Saturday's war with Orlando Salido will likely shelve Vargas for the remainder of the year. Vargas took a lot of punishment in the contest and suffered two terrible cuts above both eyes and they will potentially take the remainder of the year to fully heal.

"If Rocky wins, we would like to see what options we have like going up to 135 pounds. Unifying with Javier Fortuna is unattractive for television. It's a little better to vacate and go up to 135 pounds. Javier Fortuna is not an option because he is not attractive for television," said Espada.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alexander28 on 06-07-2016

[QUOTE=PrBoxing88;16771085]How is Pedraza a weak champion??? He will beat the other champions if they ever accept to fight him. We can bet some points if u want.[/QUOTE] He is just another hater criticizing his own people like any other hater.

Comment by Corelone on 06-07-2016

I can't say I'm a big fan of hometown show downs most of the time. All you get is a big fish in a small pond, sucking up all the resources and the rest of the world still doubts the…

Comment by BestPR on 06-07-2016

Martinez and Pedraza are PR's only champions but they won't fight each other or against Verdejo for fear of losing the title, and because if they do fight Verdejo, he'll make a lot more money than them...bendito...

Comment by 285Kid on 06-07-2016

That another PBC guy Loma can fight now that Arum and Haymon working together... Loma first need to take care of business and win the WBO thenFortuna (WBA) or Pedraza (IBF) could be made on PBC tv

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 06-07-2016

I would love to see that fight. Pedraza shouldn't be against fighting Fortuna nor Verdejo though. Verdejo could be a big fight for him in the future, so why not take it? It seems like Puerto Ricans are against fighting…

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