Jose "Sniper" Pedraza is eager to get the opportunity to teach unbeaten junior welterweight contender Julian Rodriguez a real lesson when they meeting the ring.
The former two division world champion from Puerto Rico will travel to Las Vegas, with the intention of turning back Rodriguez when they meet on June 12 at Virgin Hotels.
In 21 fights, all wins, the 26-year-old Rodriguez has never reached 10 rounds. In fact, only four times did he have to fight for at least eight rounds.
“(Julian) is a talented young man who has shown that he has a punch, but against whom. He has faced many fighters who don't stand up to him and he (Rodriguez) does what he wants with them. He has never faced someone who fights back, who is technical and I understand that he will have a lot of problems with that type of boxer," Pedraza told Carlos Gonzalez.
"He has youth, but it does not mean that he has everything. You have to have experience, to be a complete boxer . He is youthful and punches, but apart from that he doesn't have something else. However, I am in the prime of my career. I have experience, I can punch, I am technical and more complete."
At stake would be a chance to fight one of the titles in the junior welterweight division if Britain's Josh Taylor finally chooses to vacate all four belts to make a move to 147-pounds/
Pedraza is currently ranked sixth in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), while Rodríguez (21-0, 14 KO) appears in the twelfth position.
“It will be difficult (for Rodriguez) because I will go in there with everything. That opportunity to be champion for the third time is a goal and I will not make it easy for him. Rodriguez has that thirst to become world champion, but I will be the one who will go out through that wide door,” said Pedraza (28-3, 13 KOs).
"Rodriguez mentions that I have three defeats, but I don't see them in that manner, but I rather view them as experiences and when they are acquired, you already become a winner."