Jose Pedraza Unsure of Next Career Move After Losing 140 Debut

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.

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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."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by STREET CLEANER on 09-17-2019

He made his debut at 140 with a credible opponent. But if he can't be competitive he has to drop down.

Comment by PETUFF on 09-17-2019

He didn't look that bad Zepeda is a good fighter he looks a little slow he just need to get it together in the gym :boxing::boxing:

Comment by MASTER OF you on 09-17-2019

pedraza needs to move back down if he can't because of weight issues he's finished!

Comment by lolpz on 09-17-2019

His two title wins are Edner Cherry and Raymundo Beltran. Arguably lost the Cherry fight. People are reading way too deep into this lol.

Comment by sammybee on 09-17-2019

He should go down to the lightweight division and make that weight division competitive.

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