Jose Pedraza

Weightclass: LightWeight

  • 23wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 12kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Height:
5'8.5"
reach:
70.5"
Managers:
Victory Sports and Entertainment, Luis Espada
Trainers:
Luis Espada

Jose "The Sniper" Pedraza

At the age of 28, Jose is a seven-year pro. A former IBF junior lightweight world champion, he won the title in June, 2015, and made two successful title defenses.

Before his debut, he was an international amateur standout – he represented Puerto Rico in the 2008 Olympic Games and was a gold medalist at the 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games. He was also a three-time Puerto Rican national amateur champion.

He recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, and is now moving up to the lightweight division.

Rick Torres, who heads the Victory Sports & Entertainment management team with Mike Leanardi, said, “Making 130 was becoming a struggle for Jose over the past couple of fights, and he even thought at one point that he would be moving to 135 prior to the Davis fight. That target kept on being moved around a bit, which I think caused some issues with his training because he thought he was moving up and then turned around and he was fighting at 130.

“I think fighting at 135 is what he is looking forward to, and he won’t have to kill himself to make the weight. I think he will definitely be stronger and more of a force at that weight class.

“I think he was definitely drained at the weight but also, as I mentioned, he had a lot of inactivity. He fought like, twice in a two-year period and the lack of activity, especially for a fighter like Jose who is a slick guy who really depends on timing and rhythm – guys like that really need activity in order to stay sharp, and he hadn’t been active. There had been indications previously that there would be fights available to him at 135 so he was already of the mindset that he was going to 135, and then it turned around and the fight became a fight at 130.

“Jose isn’t an excuse maker, but he was already having difficulty making 130 and the thought process was that he would not have to do that anymore, and then all of a sudden he had to, so that obviously impacted his performance we feel.”

In an earlier interview, Jose said through an interpreter, “I’m a very versatile fighter. I believe that I have the skills to be a boxer, and also and in-fighter.

“They call me ‘The Sniper.’A friend of mine was watching one of my fights, and he said that I looked so sharp that I looked like a francotirador, which in English is ‘sniper.’ “

fight history

  • 2011

    On 12-30-11 in Cabazon, CA, he won by TKO (5th round) against Herbert Quartey (7-6): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor vs. Jessie Nicklow main event, and Jose dominated the fight – he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Quartey; Jose staggered Quartey with a left hook in the 5th round, then scored a knockdown moments later with a right uppercut – Quartey got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20…

    On 11-11-11 in El Paso, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against John Wampash (1-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Austin Trout vs. Frank LoPorto main event, and Jose dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:11…

    On 8-19-11 in Ponce he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Pedro Salcedo (3-4): Jose dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards…

    On 6-10-11 in New York, NY, in New York, NY he won by TKO (1st round) against left-handed Tomi Archambault (1-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Roseland Ballroom, and Jose quickly overpowered him – he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with left hooks to the body, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:21…

    On 3-29-11 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Corben Page (1-1): the scheduled 4-rounder headlined at B.B King Blues Club & Grill; Jose scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hand, the second with a left hook to the body, and bloodied Page’s nose; Page got up, but José rocked him again and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25…

    He debuted at the age of 21 on 2-18-11 in Ponce and won by TKO (1st round, 1:25) against Felix Rivera (debut)…

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  • 2012

    On 10-12-12 in St. Charles, MO, he won by TKO (8th round) against left-handed late substitute Tevin Farmer (7-3-1): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the AmeriStar Casino, and Jose dominated the fight; he rocked Farmer repeatedly late in the 3rd round, and steadily wore him down in the following rounds; Farmer was penalized one point for holding in the 7th round; Farmer injured his left hand in the 8th round – José then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:47…

    On 8-31-12 in Carolina, PR, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Jose Valderrama (2-1): the fight was co-featured at Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, and Jose dominated the fight; he out-boxed and out-worked Valderrama, switched back and forth to the left-handed stance, and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 6th round; scored 80-71 on all three scorecards…

    On 6-15-12 in Guaynabo, PR, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against left-handed Carlos Claudio (13-7-3): the bout headlined at Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales; Garcia pressed forward, but Jose dominated the fight; he out-boxed and out-worked Claudio, switched back and forth to the left-handed stance, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 80-72, 80-72, 79-73…

    On 4-27-12 in Miami, OK, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Gil Garcia (5-2-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the Buffalo Run Casino, and Jose dominated the fight; he consistently out-worked Garcia, rocked him repeatedly, and scored a knockdown in the 5th round; scored 80-71, 80-71, 79-72…

    On 2-24-12 in Ponce, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Anthony Woods (8-17): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at Coliseo Salvador Dijols, and Jose dominated the fight; he out-boxed and out-worked Woods and consistently landed the harder punches; Jose rocked Woods in the 4th round, Woods’ corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:30; after three rounds, Jose led by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28…

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  • 2013

    On 10-26-13 in Cidra, PR, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Alejandro Rodriguez (19-12): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Estadio Jesús M. Freire, and Jose quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 3rd round, and Rodriguez was counted out at 0:48…

    WON VACANT USBA JL TITLE – on 8-9-13 in Cabazon, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-2-1): the bout was co-featured with the Rustam Nugaev vs. Jose Hernandez main event; Tolmajyan gave a good effort – he pressed forward and bloodied Jose’s nose, but Jose switched to the left-handed stance early in the fight and generally out-boxed and out-worked him; Tolmajyan rallied in the late rounds, but José won by scores of 97-93 on all three scorecards…

    On 6-8-13 in Montreal, QUE, he won by TKO (7th round) against Sergio Villanueva (25-2-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Chad Dawson main event, and Jose dominated the fight; he switched back and forth to the left-handed stance, out-worked Villanueva, and consistently landed the harder punches; he scored a knockdown with a left uppercut to the body late in the 5th round; he scored two knockdowns in the 7th, the first with a series of punches, the second with a southpaw right hook – Villanueva’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    On 2-23-13 in Ponce, PR, he won by TKO (1st round) against 35-year-old Gerardo Zayas (19-20-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at Coliseo Pachin Vicens, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the first round – the first with an uppercut, the second with a left hook to the body – Zayas got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight…

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