Former two division world champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza will likely not fight again until the first quarter of 2021.
Pedraza saw action twice in 2020, with a dominant decision win over Carlos Molina on September 19 at the MGM Grand's Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Top Rank has been very impressed with Pedraza's recent run of wins at junior welterweight, where Pedraza aims to capture a third divisional belt.
"I think everyone is happy with what Jose Pedraza demonstrated [against Molina]," said Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti to Carlos Narvaez. “He showed that he can face any of the 140 pounders who are at the top of the division. He is part of that group where José Ramírez, Josh Taylor, Alex Saucedo and Arnold Barbosa Jr. are found. If you mention all of them you have to mention Pedraza."
Top Rank promotes the careers of Josh Taylor and Jose Ramírez, both 140-pound champions. Taylor holds the titles of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Association (WBA). While Ramírez is champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Taylor and Ramirez are being lined up to face each other in 2021. The winner could then very well move up to welterweight to challenge WBO world champion Terence Crawford - which in turn would see all four of the major world titles at 140 become vacant.
Pedraza improved his record to 28-3 and 13KO's with the win over Molina.
"Who will Pedraza face in his next fight? Well, we have to see what happens in that fight between Taylor and Ramírez. See if the winner faces Saucedo or Barbosa Jr. who also fight soon. But for now I don't think Pedraza is fighting this year. We see him fighting in the first quarter of 2021," Moretti said.