Pedraza Confident His Style Will Cause Issues For Lomachenko

By Miguel Rivera

After seeing his career stagnant for about a year after his first professional setback in 2017, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza got a second chance to shine on the big boxing stages.

Last week, Pedraza became the new lightweight champion (135 pounds) of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) after winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran in Glendale, Arizona.

The win was very important, as it placed Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) on a path to fight Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) - who holds the lightweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) - on December 1 at The Forum, in Inglewood, California.


Pedraza, who also captured a world title at 130 pounds under the International Boxing Federation (IBF), is confident that he has the necessary boxing skills to beat Lomachenko, who many views as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum informed in a recent interview that Pedraz has already signed a contract for the fight, but there are terms that are still unresolved.

"It's being discussed, the fight is being negotiated. There is talk of December 1 because Lomachenko is fighting on that day, but it is not known if it is with me. We have not reached an agreement yet, but the possibility is great," said Pedraza to Sara Hernandez.

"I have the right style to make a great fight against Lomachenko, to make him have a bad night. The lateral movements of Lomachenko, he uses them more often. But we have similar styles."

Pedraza shared that his goal when he was at 130 pounds was to unify a title. He could not accomplish that, so now he hopes to do it against the Ukrainian.

"This opportunity is great and it is part of a goal that I set for myself at 130 pounds, to have a unification, and I could not do it. And I plan to achieve it at 135 pounds," Pedraza added.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BLASTER1 on 09-02-2018

Don't see this ending well for Pedraza besides the pay cheque for getting knocked out.

Comment by BestPR on 09-02-2018

Pedraza will be another Roman Rocky Martinez once Lomachenko knocks him out...forgotten!!! He's good, but definitely not on Loma's way Jose' Perdedor-draza....

Comment by lolpz on 09-01-2018

[QUOTE=PrBoxing88;19064856]Linares more skillful than Pedraza?? in what fcking world? u gotta be so kinda special idiot tu say that, no way in hell Linares is more skillful than Pedraza.[/QUOTE]You are delusional.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-01-2018

It's kind of fishy how Pedraza ended up with the Lomachenko fight. Ray Beltran was supposed to defend the WBO belt against #1 contender Roman Andreev of Russia. Andreev comes up "injured" so Beltran needs a new opponent...and lo and…

Comment by DaFan on 09-01-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;19064252]So when you think your can only cause "issues" instead of actually "winning" the fight , it's a problem and you shouldn't even be getting in the ring[/QUOTE] Great post. Exactly what I think. Green K.

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