Stevenson-Nakathila and Pedraza-Rodriguez doubleheader to be televised LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Tickets beginning at $50 go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. PT.
LAS VEGAS (Might 13, 2021) — Former two-weight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza has set his goal on one other title. Pedraza, from Cidra, Puerto Rico, will tackle the undefeated Julian “Hammer Palms” Rodriguez in a 10-round junior welterweight tilt Saturday, June 12 at The Theater at Virgin Accommodations Las Vegas.
Pedraza-Rodriguez will function the co-feature to the WBO interim junior light-weight title bout between Shakur Stevenson and Jeremiah Nakathila. Each bouts will air reside on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The undercard will showcase the return of undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight prodigy Xander Zayas (8-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout. Zayas is coming off a first-round knockout on April 24 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Promoted by Prime Rank, tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50 go on sale Friday, Might 14 at 12 p.m. PT, and might be bought by visiting Etix.com.
“This can be a traditional matchup that includes a former world champion in Pedraza towards a younger child in Rodriguez, who is keen to show he belongs on the world degree,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I’m additionally excited to see Xander Zayas, who has grown a lot as a younger man and a fighter since Prime Rank signed him as a 16-year-old.”
Pedraza (28-3, 13 KOs) is 2-1 since transferring up from light-weight, the place he received the WBO world title over Ray Beltran earlier than falling quick in a unification matchup towards Vasiliy Lomachenko. He had an inauspicious junior welterweight debut when he misplaced a one-sided choice to Jose “Chon” Zepeda, however he has since notched unanimous choices over Mikkel LesPierre and Javier Molina. Ranked No. 6 by the WBO, Pedraza hopes a win over Rodriguez results in one other crack at world title glory.
“It has been virtually a yr with out preventing. I can’t wait to get again within the ring, to convey house one other win that can convey happiness to my folks,” Pedraza mentioned. “I like that this battle is towards a hungry contender like Julian Rodriguez. I all the time like the thought of going through the very best opponents as a result of they convey the very best out of me. I do know that with a giant win on June 12, I’ll get nearer to a world title shot. That’s what we’re preventing for.”
Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), from Bergen County, New Jersey, turned professional in 2013 following a storied beginner profession that included a 2013 Nationwide Golden Gloves title and victories over the likes of former world champion Robert Easter Jr. He’s 5-0 with 4 knockouts since coming back from a virtually two-year layoff in July 2019, together with a first-round knockout final August over the beforehand undefeated Anthony Laureano. Rodriguez has lengthy referred to as for a step-up bout, and if he beats Pedraza, he’ll instantly enter the ranks of the highest 140-pound contenders.
Rodriguez mentioned, “I do know what I convey to the desk. There’s not one factor in his arsenal that’s sharper than mine. He brings the expertise, however he’s been damaged a couple of instances. This chance is a very long time coming. I’m targeted. It’s arduous to take a look at my two youngsters and never be decided to go in there and break that man’s ribs.”