Loma-Pedraza Eyeing December 1st
Jose Pedraza not only won a second world title in as many divisions this past weekend, but now he has a lottery ticket to fight Vasyl Lomachenko.
Pedraza, who won the WBO version of the lightweight title against Ray Beltran, will be squaring off with WBA titlist Vasyl Lomachenko on December 1st.
“We can already talk about Lomachenko. First we were focused on Beltrán, but now we can look at the next thing. I came out well from this fight, I’m not battered and I will be available,” Pedraza said in a post-fight interview.
“[The fight with Beltran] was less complicated than I anticipated when I compare it with Antonio Moran. It was a bit more comfortable because of his height, although Beltrán was difficult because he put on a lot of pressure and he is a hard puncher.”
Pedraza’s coach, Luis Espada, knows the road is for a fight with Lomachenko, but wouldn’t mind waiting a bit.
“My preference is to make at least two title defenses and wait until the summer of 2019 for Lomachenko because it would be more interesting to do it in New York for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but the commitment that was made is that it would be in December,” said Espada.
“Lomachenko comes from a break extended by the injury. Ideally, he should take a separate fight because now he has to go against a world two-division champion in Pedraza. In fact, (the promoter) Bob Arum said after the fight against Beltran that Pedraza has all the tools to beat Lomachenko.”