Boxing matches are gradually returning after the quarantine. On the night of 18 on June 19, Boxing fans can expect the first notable match in the superlight category weight.
At the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 KO) will step into the ring against American Mikkel of Lespier (22-1-1, 10 KO). The fight will be in the format of 10 rounds. Show is promotion company Top Rank and its head Bob Arum.
In December 2018 ex-world champion in two divisions , Jose Pedraza lost WBO lightweight champion Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. That surprised many, the winner was determined only at the judges ‘ notes. Pedraza in that fight looked decent and left a good impression. Many experts said that for Lomachenko it was one of the most difficult fights in his professional career, and perhaps the most competitive match in the lightweight division.
Since then, the 31-year-old Pedraza had two fights. In may of 2019 early defeated Mexican Antonio Losada in the 9th round and won the vacant WBO Latino belt. And in September lost a battle for the vacant belt of the champion of the United States from the WBC Jose Sepeda. All three judges gave the score 93-97 10-round bout. Thus, Pedraza lost two of his last three fights and again with a commitment to close a disappointing defeat.
Recently Geronta Davis asked to name the most difficult fight in his career thought it was unyielding Pedras.
35-year-old Mikkel Lespier, having the unbeaten record, in March of 2019, was released for the champion fight for the WBO belt against American Maurice hooker and lost to him in all respects, although has remained intact to the finish of the fight. Then, in December 2019, his opponent was a little-known canadian Rudy Pierre Paul, and the victory in an 8-round fight left for Lesperon. Now quarantine after a pause he new test.
The ceremony of weighing
Before the fight the boxers passed the official weigh-in:
Jose Pedraza weighs 63.5 kg, Mikkel Lespier showed weight 63,9 kg.
Forecast for battle.
Pedraza have a solid track record of opponents, and experts give him the advantage. The bookmakers even put up quotes 1.10 on his victory, perhaps overrated. For 31-year-old Puerto Rican is one of the last chances to return to the title fights. However, Lespier expects to win in the first fight after the quarantine. Yet no one forced him to leave the ring before the final bell. In the only lost battle Maurice Hooker he walked the entire distance of the fight. And so, the game will be persistent and is unlikely to be completed ahead of schedule.
Recommended bet – the victory of Jose Pedraza on points.