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  Near Perfect Performance For Pedraza

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


To get a shot at one more world title Welterweight Jose Pedraza (27-3, 13 KOs) was going to have to put on an eye-catching performance against Mikkel LesPierre (22-2-1, 10 KOs). Finally squaring off after a Covid-19 related delay a couple of weeks ago the two were center stage in The Bubble.

Immediately the determination on Pedraza was clear as he took charge from the opening bell. Pedraza looked to be back in Championship form. LesPierre was a tough foe but he could not stymie the pressure Pedraza was applying all night. Kissing the canvas twice in the bout LesPierre showed his heart and grit by making it all the way to the final bell.

Pedraza made the most of his time to shine under the ESPN spotlight. In a near perfect performance the former champ was awarded a unanimous decision with scores of 100-88 & 99-89 twice.

Reflecting on his fine performance Pedraza declared, Mikkel was a tough, opponent, but I stuck to my game plan. I wanted the knockout, but he stayed strong in there. I give him a lot of credit. I would like to fight any of the world champions, but we have to see what happens next. I proved I belong with the top guys in the 140-pound division. I want to become the next three-division world champion from Puerto Rico. Thats my goal. Thats what Im striving for.

The last time Featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (4-1, 3 KOs) faced Adan Gonzales (5-3-2, 2 KOs) he was on the upset end of surprising pro debut loss. The two time Olympic Gold Medal winner would not let that happen again as he exacted revenge in this six round scrap. This time Gonzalez, who dropped Ramirez in the first fight, had no answers for his retooled foe. This one was not close as all scorecards came up a clean shutout 60-54 across the board.

After the bout Ramirez said, I wanted to put our first fight behind me, and I did that. Ever since our first fight, I wanted the rematch. I am glad this chapter of my career is behind me now. A couple more rounds and I couldve scored the knockout. But Ill take the win and continue to work hard on my craft. I have the best trainer in Ismael Salas.

The announcers were trying to sugar coat the ho-hum winning performance by Lightweight Albert Bell (17-0, 5 KOs) but the fact will remain he is just not a fan friendly type of fighter. Mark Bernaldez (20-4, 14 KOs) had no idea what to do with the long lean fighter who dominated but had no intentions of turning up the heat and/or engaging. The only item worthy of note in this one was that Bell hurt his hand in round nine. The lackluster snoozer went the distance and after ten rounds all judges cards read 100-90.

Heavyweight Patrick Mailata (4-1, 2 KOs) took on a fighter in Kingsley Ibeh (5-1, 4 KOs) who literally just fought one week ago in the very same Las Vegas Bubble. Ibeh won the fight last week and in like fashion he came out on top in the battle of behemoths. There wasnt a lot of flash in this one but the heavy leather was flying to the very end. Ibeh took a majority decision on the cards that read 57-57 & 58-56 x 2.

Super Lightweight Elvis Rodriguez (7-0-1, 7 KOs) knocked out Danny Murray (5-4) with a powerful jab at the 2:13 mark of the first round. That pretty much says it all.


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