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Jose Pedraza Plans To Use Distance, Outbox Ray Beltran

By Miguel Rivera

Puerto Rican lightweight contender Jose "Sniper" Pedraza will end his training camp in Puerto Rico this Saturday and then leave for Las Vegas, Nevada, for the final phase of his preparations.

Pedraza is getting prepared for his world title showdown against Raymundo Beltran.

The Puerto Rican boxer will challenge Beltran for the lightweight crown of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), on August 25 at the Gila Arena in Glendale, Arizona.


Once in Las Vegas, Pedraza will use the gym his promoter, Top Rank, who also handle Beltran.

"We want to be there at least two weeks before [the fight] to be comfortable, calm and focused on the fight," said Luis Espada, coach and manager of Pedraza, to Carlos Gonzalez.

Espada explained that switching their training camp to Las Vegas will offer a scenario to avoid possible distractions.

"The plan will be to train and rest, 100%. On Saturday, José will have his last sparring session so that in Las Vegas he concentrates on maintaining his physical condition and making the weight," said Espada, who anticipated that Cidra's boxer will leave Puerto Rico weighing 144 pounds.

Also, the coach mentioned that they will continue to elaborate the strategic plan to counter the Beltran style.

"We know it's an important and tough fight. Beltran is a boxer with power and also endures punishment. We have to be prepared for Jose to be the boxer, to keep his distance, to avoid being against the ropes and stay away from a toe to toe fight," said Espada.

"If José stays in front of Beltrán to exchange punches he could pay the price and that is what we are going to avoid. We want distance, not be against the ropes and when necessary to hold."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BestPR on 08-09-2018

...and that's why Pedraza was on the shelf for long periods between fights...his style doesn't sell...on the other hand, Beltran is a fan favorite because he comes to fight and leaves it all in the ring...Pedraza will bring his running…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 08-08-2018

I don't know if Pedraza will use his skills like he used to. He gets into unnecessary brawls. Beltran is tough but looks like he is breaking down as of late

Comment by hitmanjosh on 08-08-2018

I have to go with Pedraza Beltran has been showing signs of being damaged for a while now; and you could also make a case to where he had a gift decision in his last fight. I'm just saying!

Comment by chico malo ali on 08-08-2018

Pedraza should win but I don't want to see the winner of this fight get destroyed by loma. Loma should take a harder fight instead of trying to fight the winner.

Comment by Corelone on 08-08-2018

That's what I was going to say. Pedraza doesn't appear as rugged as Beltran, but he's got decent skills. Beltran will have to run him down, and cut off the ring like hes the land lord. I'm not sure that…

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