Former super featherweight and lightweight champion Jose Pedraza will look for his first victory at 140 pounds on May 9th, co-headlining the rebooked Jose Ramirez Jr.-Viktor Postol card in Fresno against Javier Molina.
“Sniper” Pedraza (26-3, 13 KO), who successfully defended his IBF super featherweight title twice before running into Gervonta Davis, upset Ray Beltran in August 2018 to become a two-division champion and set up a unification bout with Vasiliy Lomachenko. Pedraza managed to make it to the judges in defeat and, after knocking out the man who derailed Felix Verdejo in Antonio Lozada, moved up five pounds to challenge Jose Zepeda, who turned away a late surge to beat the Puerto Rican by decision.
Molina (22-2, 9 KO) was a prospect of sorts before a 2016 loss to Jamal James and subsequent two-year absence from the sport. He’s put together a nice little streak, though, including a one-round wipeout of Hiroki Okada and a decision over the freshly signed Amir Imam.
Solid little matchup that should tell us where each man stands in the extremely crowded 140-pound division, and definitely more compelling than the co-main event the card had in Haikou.