José Pedraza (boxer)

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José Pedraza
Real nameJosé Pedraza González
  • Sniper
  • Goldo
Height5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach70 12 in (179 cm)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 29)
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins by KO12

José Pedraza González (born May 8, 1989) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer in the lightweight division. He had held the IBF super featherweight title from June 2015 to January 2017. As an amateur he represented Puerto Rico, winning medals in multiple international competitions. Among the awards achieved by Pedraza are a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, silver at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships and gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, as well as participation in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Pedraza debuted as a professional in February 2011, winning the World Boxing Council's Super Featherweight Youth World Championship in only his sixth fight.

Amateur career[edit]

Early career and Pan American Games[edit]

Pedraza participated in the 2006 Copa La Romana. In the quarter finals he defeated Javier Fortuna (27:5).[1] He secured the bronze medal with a 12:9 victory over V.Castillo of Ecuador. Pedraza won the tournament's gold medal over localist boxer Jonathan Batista (10:5). In December, he won the lightweight national championship, defeating Hector Marengo (18:15) in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos.[2] On February 4, 2007, Pedraza debuted in the Pan American Games Qualifier defeating Oscar Diaz of the Dominican Republic (13:6).[3] He qualified to the event by winning the bronze medal, losing (16:8) to localist Lisandro Bolivar in the semifinals. On March 31, 2007, Pedraza participated in a dual against Trinidad, winning (26:19) a contest over Jules De Gannes.[4] He entered the IX Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte, debuting with a victory over Shemuel Pagan of the United States.[5] Pedraza won the event's silver medal, losing to Jean Gomis by hit count after the contest finished tied 8:8. At the Pan American Games, he debuted winning (26:7) his preliminary over Jose Virula Lopez of Guatemala.[6] Pedraza advanced to the medal round defeating Lisandro Bolivar of Venezuela. He won the tournament's bronze medal, losing (7:2) to localist Everton Lopes. Pedraza entered the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but lost (25:17) his preliminary contest against Sadam Ali.[7] He closed the year participating in a dual against France, losing (15:5) to Daouda Sow.[8]

Summer Olympics and World Cup[edit]

In January 2008, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship, defeating Reynaldo Ojeda (20:11) in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos.[9] At the American Olympic Qualifier, he debuted with a 20:4 victory over Valentino Knowles of Bahamas.[10] In the quarterfinals he lost (13:5) to Yordenis Ugas. In April 2008, he entered the second American Olympic Qualifier, stopping Omar Ward of Barbados in the second round of his preliminary.[11] He guaranteed a medal by defeating (15:8) Juan Cuellar of Argentina. In the semifinals, Pedraza stopped Alexis Folleco of Ecuador in the third round. He won the tournament's gold medal and qualified to the 2008 Summer Olympics by defeating Lopes in a rematch. Pedraza debuted in the X Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte with a victory (19:8) over countryman Alberto Mercado.[12] In the finals he defeated Shemuel Pagan of the United States by walk over. Prior to the Olympics Pedraza participated in the XXXVIII International Golden Belt Tournament, advancing to the semifinals before losing (37:25) to Vladimir Saruhanyan of Russia.[13] As part of their training the boxing team moved to South Korea, in order to adapt to the time-zone.[14] After training and participating in a series of exhibition matches, the team traveled from Corea to Beijin.[15]

In his first Olympic fight, Pedraza defeated Onur Şipal of Turkey by points, with scores of 10–3. Throughout the event, his strategy focused on maintaining a solid defense while connecting combinations to his opponent's body.[16] Pedraza lost his second preliminary to Daouda Sow of France by points, 13:9.[17] He entered the 2008 Boxing World Cup, advancing to the semifinals with an 8:2 win over Georgian Popescu of Romania.[18] He won the bronze medal, losing (14:4) his next contest to Albert Selimov of Russia. In February 2008, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship in the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos, defeating Reynaldo Cintron in the preliminaries, Erick Vidal in the quarterfinals (WO), Edgardo Rivera in the semifinals and Ken Alvarez in the final (10:3).[19] In May 2009, he entered the XII Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte and competed in the light welterweight limit, winning his first contest over Pedro Vicente by stoppage in three rounds.[20] Pedraza won the silver medal, losing to Bernard Lebron in the finals by hit score following a 16:16 tie.

World medalist and regional championship[edit]

At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, Pedraza debuted by defeating Abdlay Anarbay of Kazakhstan (10:4).[21] In his second contest, he defeated Zorigtbaataryn Enkhzorig of Mongolia (4:3).[22] In the third date Pedraza defeated (6:5) Ljubomir Marjanovic of Serbia.[23] A medal was secured with a (14:4) victory over Serdar Khudayberdiyev of Turkey in the quarterfinals. He advanced winning his contest against Albert Selimov, 9:5. In the finals, he lost a decision (9:4) to localist Domenico Valentino, winning the silver medal. In December 2009, Pedraza participated in the AIBA Presidents Cup, winning in his debut over Enkhzorig Zorigtbaatar.[24] He lost a 21 decision to Semen Grivachev in the semifinals. An invitation was extended to him and the Arroyo brothers to participate in the World Series of Boxing, but it was declined. In January 2010, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos, defeating Jorge Maysonet, Jr. (4:3) in the quarterfinals, Jose Davila (3:2) in the semifinals and Edgardo Lopez in the finals.[25] In April 2010, he defeated Davila (5:3) in the national team's selection meeting.[26] In May 2010, he entered the XIII Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte, defeating Antonio Ortiz in the semifinals and Davila (5:0) in the final.[27] He entered the 2010 Copa Olimpica, defeating Antonio Ortiz by points.[28] In June 2010, Pedraza participated in the 2010 Pan-American Championships, debuting with a 14:1 victory over Joan Gonzalez of Venezuela.[29] In the semifinals he defeated Erick Bonez (7:0). Pedraza won the silver medal, losing (8:3) to Yasnier Toledo Lopez in the final. In July he participated in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, debuting with a 22:7 victory over Angel Gutierrez of Mexico.[30] Pedraza advanced stopping Omar Ward in the second round. He defeated (10:1) Wellington Arias of the Dominican Republic in the semifinals. Pedraza won the old medal with a 10:2 victory over Cesar Villarraga of Colombia. On December 3, 2010, Pedraza participated in a dual against the United States defeating Duran Caferro, 16:3.[31]

Professional career[edit]

Youth World Championship[edit]

Pedraza's intention to become a professional was made public on January 3, 2011.[32] A press conference was held a week later, where he signed a contract with three different promoters, Universal Promotions of Puerto Rico, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment, who agreed to co-promote his career.[33] His professional debut was scheduled for February 18, 2011.[34] The opponent was Felix Rivera, who also debuted after compiling an amateur record of 68–5. Pedraza won the contest by technical knockout in the first round, following a combination to the head and body. The following month he participated in his first contest outside of Puerto Rico, defeating Corben Page in the same manner.[35] On June 10, 2011, Pedraza was included in a boxing card held prior to the Puerto Rican Day Parade, a tradition among the diaspora in New York. The contest was stopped in the first round, following two knockdowns over his opponent, Tomi Archambault.[36] The opponent for his first six-round fight was Pedro Antonio Salcedo. Pedraza outboxed and injured Salcedo several times, earning a unanimous decision, with identical scores of 60-54.[37] Following a short hiatus, he defeated John Wampash by technical knockout in the fourth round.[38] On December 30, 2011, only ten months after his debut, Pedraza participated in his first titular match, challenging for the World Boxing Council's Super Featherweight Youth World Championship. He won by technical knockout in the fifth round, when the referee retired an injured Herbert Quartey from the contest.[39] He headlined Team Puerto Rico's first local card of 2012, "Pa' Bravo Yo", defeating Anthony Woods in the fourth round after his opponent's corner submitted the contest by throwing a towel into the ring.[40]

IBF World Championship[edit]

On June 13, 2015 Pedraza captured the vacant International Boxing Federation junior lightweight world championship by defeating Russia's Andrey Klimov via unanimous decision.[41] Pedraza successfully defended his championship twice, against Edner Cherry [42] and Stephen Smith.[43]

In 2017, he lost the IBF title to Gervonta Davis.[44]

Career at Lightweight[edit]

On October 30, 2017, it was announced that Pedraza was now being managed by Victory Sports. It was also announced that Pedraza would now campaign in the lightweight division.[45] On March 2, Top Rank announced they had signed Pedraza to a multi-fight promotional agreement.[46]

March 17, Pedraza made his lightweight and Top Rank debut at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, outpointing Jose Luis Rodriguez.[47]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
27 fights 25 wins 2 losses
By knockout 12 1
By decision 13 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
27 Loss 25–2 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko UD 12 2018-12-08 United States Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, US Lost WBO lightweight title;
For WBA (Super) and The Ring lightweight titles
26 Win 25–1 Mexico Ray Beltrán UD 12 2018-08-25 United States Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, U.S. Won WBO lightweight title
25 Win 24–1 Mexico Antonio Morán UD 10 2018-06-09 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO Latino lightweight title
24 Win 23–1 Mexico José Luis Rodríguez UD 8 2018-03-17 United States Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Loss 22–1 United States Gervonta Davis TKO 7 (12), 2:36 2017-01-14 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost IBF super featherweight title
22 Win 22–0 United Kingdom Stephen Smith UD 12 2016-04-16 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title
21 Win 21–0 The Bahamas Edner Cherry SD 12 2015-10-03 United States Ohio, Cincinnati, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title
20 Win 20–0 Russia Andrey Klimov UD 12 2015-06-13 United States Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Won vacant IBF super featherweight title
19 Win 19–0 Philippines Michael Farenas UD 12 2014-11-14 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Martinez RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2014-08-15 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Arturo Uruzquieta TKO 1 (6), 2:19 2014-06-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Alberto Garza UD 12 2014-03-22 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Won IBO super featherweight title
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Alejandro Rodriguez KO 3 (10), 0:48 2013-10-26 Puerto Rico Estadio Jesús M. Freire, Cidra, Puerto Rico
14 Win 14–0 Armenia Gabriel Tolmajyan UD 10 2013-08-09 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Sergio Villanueva TKO 7 (10), 2:59 2013-06-08 CanadaBell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Gerardo Zayas TKO 1 (8) 2013-02-23 Puerto RicoAuditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico
11 Win 11–0 United States Tevin Farmer TKO 8 (8), 0:47 2012-10-12 United States Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
10 Win 10–0 Puerto Rico Jose Valderrama UD 8 2012-08-31 Puerto Rico Guillermo Angulo Coliseum, Carolina, Puerto Rico
9 Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Claudio UD 8 2012-06-15 Puerto Rico Mario 'Quijote' Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
8 Win 8–0 United States Gil Garcia UD 8 2012-04-27 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma
7 Win 7–0 The Bahamas Anthony Woods TKO 4 (8), 2:30 2012-02-24 Puerto Rico Salvador Dijols Coliseum, Ponce, Puerto Rico
6 Win 6–0 Ghana Herbert Quartey TKO 5 (8), 1:20 2011-12-30 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Won vacant WBC Youth super featherweight title.
5 Win 5–0 Ecuador John Wampash KO 4 (6), 2:11 2011-11-11 United States Cohen Stadium, El Paso, Texas
4 Win 4–0 Puerto Rico Pedro Antonio Salcedo UD 6 2011-08-19 Puerto Rico Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico
3 Win 3–0 United States Tomi Archambault TKO 1 (4), 2:21 2011-06-10 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York
2 Win 2–0 United States Corben Page TKO 1 (4), 2:25 2011-03-29 United States BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York
1 Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Felix Rivera TKO 1 (4), 1:25 2011-03-29 Puerto Rico Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico Professional debut.

See also[edit]


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  39. ^ Jake Donovan (2011-12-31). "Andre Dirrell Returns, Stops Cunningham in Two Rounds". Retrieved 2011-12-31.
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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Major world boxing titles
Title last held by
Rances Barthelemy
IBF super featherweight champion
June 13, 2015 – January 14, 2017
Succeeded by
Gervonta Davis
Title last held by
Ray Beltran
WBO lightweight champion
August 25, 2018 – present
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Will Tomlinson
IBO super featherweight champion
March 22, 2014 – 2014
Title next held by
Jack Asis