Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez has been asking for the opportunity to boost his career to the next level.
On June 12, Rodriguez will get the chance to do just that, when he faces two-division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (28-3, 13 KO) at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“[Pedraza] is someone who is in my way to what I want to achieve in life. For too long I have wanted to fight someone of quality and the only thing Pedraza has is experience. As far as the rest [of what he has], he doesn't have what it takes to beat me,” Rodriguez said to ESPN Deportes.
During 2020, Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO) fought twice.
In August he knocked out Anthony Laureano in the first round and, two months later, he blasted Jose Eduardo Lopez in the third.
He believes the fight with Pedraza will provide him with the platform to showcase all of his abilities.
“When they offered me the fight against Pedraza, I thought it was a game. He's the kind of opponent I've been asking for because the ones that [Top Rank] got me were supposed to last a few rounds, but they didn't. For too long I have asked for opponents to advance my career. The time came to take a step forward, so when they presented me with the possibility [of fighting Pedraza], I accepted right away,” Rodriguez said.
“I am smart, fast and I can punch. I can box, trade or fight at close range. The problem is that I could not demonstrate everything or use all of the tools [against my prior opponents]. People haven't seen the best of me yet. This fight will be a step closer to my potential."