By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com was on hand for one of Jose Pedraza’s recent training sessions. The WBO super lightweight champion will return to the ring on December 8th in the biggest fight of his career against WBA super lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1).
The unification clash will be televised by ESPN and takes place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 29-year-old Puerto Rican has enlisted the services of Diego and Jessie Magdaleno who are both southpaws like Lomachenko.
Diego, who is a two-time title challenger and also helped Jorge Linares prepare for his fight against Lomachenko in May, said that Pedraza has looked really good in camp.
“Pedraza is a good fighter. I think I am doing a good job mimicking Lomachenko’s footwork. I have good footwork so I think I am doing good at it. I am really pushing him to do the best he can,” Magdaleno told BoxingScene.com.
Pedraza has also received solid sparring from Jessie, who lost his WBO super bantamweight title earlier this year. While Jessie isn’t as tall as Lomachenko, he has great hand speed which makes him a good fit to help prepare for the two-time Olympic gold medal winner.
“Lomachenko is taller but he really isn’t that tall. I recommended my brother and when I called him he was down to train and came right in. He is giving him great work as well, ” said Diego.
The elder Magdaleno brother is signed to Pepe Gomez’s Cancun Boxing and said that he will be returning to the ring in mid January as he looks to pick up his 4th win in a row.
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