Two-division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza will return to the ring on July 23 to face fellow former champion Richard Commey in a crossroads fight in the state of Minnesota.
Pedraza will attempt to bounce back after suffering a decision loss at the hands of Jose Ramírez back in March.
“We understood that [Commey] could be an opponent at 140 pounds that would help us move forward. But Commey needs to move up in weight and he is an individual who will help us to get in the winner's lane again, to then go to an eliminator or for a world title,” confirmed Luis Espada, Pedraza's trainer, to Carlos Gonzalez.
Commey (30-4, 27 KOs) has had a long career at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
He will also attempt to restore his career, after losing a unanimous decision to Vasily Lomachenko earlier this year.
Pedraza and his team are confident of victory.
“We are more adapted to 140 pounds. We have looked good. In the past there was a little less activity on the part of Jose in terms of throwing shots. That was the difference against Ramírez,” said Espada.
Pedraza's future alternatives rest on the result of the upcoming title match between Josh Taylor and José Zepeda.
“We want to put ourselves back among the elite at 140 pounds. Now comes a good fight between Taylor and Zepeda. Taylor had said he would move up to 147 pounds, but that hasn't happened. So if Zepeda wins that fight, it would be a good rematch for us,” said Espada.
Zepeda outpointed Pedraza by decision in September 2019, when the Puerto Rican boxer took his first fight at 140 pounds.
“We are going to have a good win [against Commey]. We have always been willing to say yes to Top Rank whenever they bring us an opponent. Pedraza is training and this week he should start sparring, although there are 10 weeks left before the fight against Commey," Espada said.