By Miguel Rivera
The 'Sniper' has changed direction. The junior lightweight champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Jose Pedraza, announced a few weeks ago that he would move up in weight to seek bigger fights in a higher division.
But now the Puerto Rican champion says he is planning to remain at super featherweight, because he's received a very good offer to face unbeaten American Gervonta Davis (16-0, 15KOs) on a date in September.
Details on where the fight would take place has not yet been confirmed, but Pedraza says Davis is the next opponent in his immediate future.
"The 130 pounds limit is a division that is getting interesting," said Pedraza to El Vocero. "The most recent news is that I will have a third title defense, so we will not go up to 135 pounds as he had thought before. We will be making a third defense. Things are much better economically."
Pedraza, who has impeccable record of 22-0 and 12 knockouts, is coming to defend his crown after outpointing his mandatory challenger Stephen Smith this past April in Connecticut.
Davis is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, which is owned by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Davis it is a fighter under Mayweather Jr. They still have not announced it as being official, but I'm told it will be for September and we have settled on him from the list of opponents being discussed with us. He is a young fighter with a record good. We've seen him and he is attractive for television. So I'm just waiting for their response on the details."
Davis a southpaw fighter and 21 years old. He is a native of Maryland who debuted in 2013. In his last fight knocked out Mario Macias Rorozco in one round at an event in Florida in June.
Pedraza, 27-years-old, is just one of three Puerto Rican champions currently active. The other two are the super flyweight McJoe Arroyo (IBF) and super featherweight Jason Sosa (WBA).