Jose Pedraza eyeing junior welter belt

May 17, 2019

Former two-division world champion and current lightweight contender Jose “Sniper” Pedraza could be looking for a world title in a third weight class.

On Saturday night, he needs to overcome Antonio Lozada Jr. at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Last March in New York, Lozada shocked experts when he blasted out Felix Verdejo in the 10th round to hand the Puerto Rican Olympian his first career defeat.

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Pedraza, who is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko, wants to get some payback for Puerto Rico.

Pedraza-Lozada will serve as the co-feature to Masayuki Ito’s WBO junior lightweight title defense against Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET).

“I am very motivated for this fight. Lozada is a very dangerous fighter, and the sport of boxing is very unpredictable. He is the typical Mexican warrior who always comes forward and applies pressure at all times, but we have worked very hard, and I am sure that I will come out victorious for all of Puerto Rico on May 25,” Pedraza said.

“I want to get rid of that thorn (avenging Verdejo’s loss against Lozada), but I have to modify my words. I’m not going for revenge necessarily because only Felix can take revenge on Lozada. As the good Puerto Rican brothers that we are, I’m coming to take that thorn out because he beat one of my longtime friends. I’m coming to win this fight!”

Pedraza is ready for a world title fight at 135, but if nothing comes in the near future then he plans to head up to 140.

“After this fight, I would like to return to the world title scene at 135 pounds, and I would like to be able to have a championship opportunity by the end of this year. But if I do not get that chance, I will examine my options at 140 pounds. I would like to become a three-division world champion,” Pedraza said.



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