As BoxingScene.com reported last week, Puerto Rico's Jose "Sniper" Pedraza and Richard Commey underwent a change of date and venue.
Instead of fighting on July 23 in Minnesota, Pedraza and Commey will square off in a battle of former world champions on August 27 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event will be broadcast on ESPN.
Pedraza (29-4, 14 KO) is coming off a competitive decision loss to Jose Ramirez from March. The Puerto Rican took the loss and needs to get back on the winning path to stay relevant at 140 pounds.
“[Top Rank] did not give a reason for the change. They only told us that it will be on August 27 in Oklahoma,” said Luis Espada, Pedraza's coach, to Carlos Gonzalez.
“It is an additional time that we have to evaluate the loss (against Ramírez), to find the necessary rhythm to get back on the winning path against Commey, who is a former world champion."
The World Boxing Council (WBC) belt recently became vacant when Briton Josh Taylor dropped the title. That opens the door for the remaining players in the division.
“(Beating Commey) should put us in a better position because Ramirez is going for a title against José Zepeda. It would have been our best chance (to fight for a title if we beat Ramirez). We have that fight in August to close the year with another one,” Espada indicated.
Commey (30-4, 27 KOs) was the International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion at 135 pounds in 2019 when he defeated Raymundo Beltrán by knockout. In December 2021 he lost a unanimous decision to Vasily Lomachenko. He will now be trying his luck in a new division.