The defeat that Jose 'Sniper' Pedraza suffered on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, against José 'Chon' Zepeda, has left him as the crossroads of his career.
It was Pedraza's 140-pound debut. The Puero Rican boxer had previously captured world titles at super featherweight and lightweight.
Pedraza was defeated by the unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it 97-93, as one of the undercard fights to Tyson Fury's bloody decision win over Otto Wallin.
Zepeda looked dominant against Pedraza, who was unable to get anything going in the ring.
“It's too early to think about whether to continue [at 140] or lose weight [to drop back down]. Obviously, this fight was my debut [at 140] and was evaluative to see how I feel. It is a matter of adapting. I felt very good, although not as I wanted,” Pedraza said to Sara Hernandez.
The Puerto Rican acknowledged that although he felt in good condition, he did not have the speed he expected and because of that he could not follow his fight plan.
“I didn't get to do the combinations I wanted to do, I didn't get the lateral movements I wanted. There were more things that didn't work out for me," Pedraza said. “I felt a little slower. I didn't feel the speed that I expected. Now we are going to sit down to talk about the fight and what we are going to do for the rest of my career.
“We are going to evaluate and make adjustments in training. We will assess whether we stay here or return at 135 pounds. I want to be champion at 140, but after this fight... and if we make another fight [at 140] and it depends on how we look... we will decide on whether or not to continue at 140 or drop down to 135."