By Miguel Rivera
World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza is ready to go to war in his upcoming unification with Vasyl Lomachenko.
This coming Saturday night, Pedraza will look to capture the WBA world title of Vasyl Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO's), who captured the title from Ray Beltran earlier this year, will be a big underdog against Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO's).
Pedraza has been going through a very tough training camp against the boxer that some view as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
"I'm going to show him the kind of boxer that I am, of good boxing quality and technically speaking. I am a great fighter and I have a great condition to make a good fight and even beat him. I'm going to do my job and I hope to do it at face value. And if I do, I plan to win," Pedraza said to Jorge Ayala.
"I said it's going to be a technical war. We are very technical boxers, but we also like to apply pressure. It's going to be a very interesting fight. Obviously (I'm going in) well prepared to fight those 12 rounds along with him. That's why we selected (to train in) Las Vegas, because of its elevation, to have better condition than Lomachenko and to overcome his speed and lateral movements. Neutralize all of that.
"We have here the cold factor (in Las Vegas) that complicates the training to sweat, but we are compensating with good nutrition. That's why I understand that we are ready. I'd say it's better because we can eat a little bit of a bigger portion and keep up with a lot of energy.
"We are close. I am very happy and anxious to come in there to bring that victory to Puerto Rico."