Sunday’s ESPN main event from Tulsa, Okla was the kind of occasion in which both the fighters wanted to come out on top.
But for Jose Pedraza (29-4-1, 14 KOs) and Richard Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs), both of them had to settle for a draw.
The two fighters secured a split draw in the 10-round bout at 140 lbs after a titanic tussle, which resulted in Pedraza winning one card 97-93, Commey taking the other one 96-94 and the third was declared a draw with a scoreline of 95-95.
The unofficial card of Bad Left Hook went in the direction of Pedraza with the score of 96-94.
It was brutal and competitive right until the end as both the veteran fighters had their moments. There were also some rough rounds in where both tried to seize the initiative.
Pedraza looked sharp in the beginning but may have been buzzed by his opponent in the second round.
The Puerto Rican fighter looked comfortable staying stationary and trading. This gave Commey a good platform to build on until the fourth round when Pedraza started coming back into the fight.
Pedraza had a dominant ninth round. However, the 33-year-old couldn’t score comfortably in the eighth round as he almost took the round off.
The former WBO lightweight champion had landed blows on Commey’s body, which seemed to look pretty gassed in the last few rounds.