By Ryan Burton
Jose Pedraza (25-1) has a big unification fight coming up.
The WBO lightweight champion faces WBA lightweight champion and elite pound-for-pound fighter Vasily Lomachenko (11-1) on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight will headline an ESPN televised tripleheader.
Pedraza is a big 40-1 underdog but he is very confident of pulling off the upset.
BoxingScene.com caught up with the Puerto Rican at his Las Vegas training camp and he said that becoming a unified champion has always been part of his goal as a professional.
“It is what I am dreaming of. I wanted to be a champion and a unified champion. I am now a two-division champion and I wasn’t able to unify at 130 but I can do it now at 135 and I am still young enough to do it at 140 too,” said Pedraza.
The 29-year-old previously held the IBF super featherweight title and lost it to Gervonta “Tank” Davis in January, 2017. Pedraza was stopped in 7 rounds.
That is the only defeat of his career and he is very interested in getting a chance to avenge his loss. He had been out of the ring 9 months prior to the loss to Davis and said there were a lot of extenuating factors that contributed to losing that fight.
Next up for Davis though is a fight against former three-division champion Abner Mares in February.
“I would love a rematch against Davis. I always said that is a fight that I shouldn’t have lost for many reasons. I think that Davis should beat Mares in my opinion. Obviously in boxing anything can happen and you never know for sure but from what I have seen Davis should win,” Pedraza told BoxingScene.com.
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