The former 2-division title holder from Caguas, Puerto Rico Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (28-3-0, 13KO) had zero problems in clearing out former Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (22-3-0, 9KO), getting his victory by unanimous decision. Pedraza in this contest showcased his full bag of tricks, authoring up a razor sharp performance that showcased his full capabilities on display.
Here we had two fighters here who largely share the habit to box from the outside in technical fashion. Interestingly enough, it was Molina who was boxing off of the backfoot, with Pedraza pushing the ✉️envelope as the aggressor, which you would think indicates that Molina dictated the ring generalship, but was not the case, due to Pedraza’s versatility, electing to be the aggressor simply because he could.
Molina was doing a decent job early counterpunching, and utilizing steps in the pocket to offset Pedraza’s footwork, but it didn’t last long, as Pedraza constantly adapted to everything Molina was trying in the ring. When not coming forward, he stayed in the pocket, feinting, throwing off Molina’s rhythm so that he couldn’t land counterpunches, essentially being in no mans land at the mercy of Jose’s attack.
There were quite a few headbutts early on that were unintentional, with Pedraza’s aggression, and Molina’s failure to move his head. With swelling already present with Molina’s left eye, a headbutt opened a gash on the inner portion of the eye, causing 🩸blood to stream down his face. While it wasn’t burdensome throughout the fight in terms of fear of stoppage, it did bother Molina enough to where he started to shell up while Pedraza started to up his activity rate.
Pedraza’s ability to switch from righty to southpaw came in handy. Once he switched to southpaw, an already confused Molina had no idea how to adapt to the stance change, and Pedraza constantly made him pay outside with the left hand. In the 10th and final round, Jose did not coast, understanding he had full control of the fight; Instead, he came forward, and hurt Molina with about a ⌚minute to go, and looked for the knockout. It didn’t come, but his late work stamped an imprint on the fight to cap the night off.
The fight went the full 10, and no surprises with the scorecards, he got his unanimous decision. Jose Pedraza after the fight in his post fight press conference shared his desire to fight top names at 140 lbs. He has his eyes on the potential Undisputed Champion, as thee Junior-Welterweight Champion of the World 🏴Josh “Tartan Tornado” Taylor has a fight coming up, and with ESPN pushing for him to fight unified titleholder 🇺🇸Jose Carlos Ramirez. Pedraza also had revenge in mind, putting it out there that he would like a rematch with 🇺🇸Jose “Chon” Zepeda, who bested him a couple of fights back. Pedraza these days now looks more comfortable at Junior-Lightweight, and he looks like he will provide a stern challenge against anybody at the weight class.