José “Sniper” Pedraza hits a right hand to Javier Molina's face in the main event on the Top Rank undercard in Las Vegas. (top rank)
José “Sniper” Pedraza demonstrated on Saturday why he deserves to be in the talks to fight for a 140-pound title after beating Mexican-American Javier “El untouchable” Molina by unanimous decision in the main event on the undercard. Top Rank in “the bubble” of the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas.
The judges saw the 10-round bout 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 in favor of the former world champion in the super featherweight (130 pounds) and lightweight (135 pounds) divisions.
In an ex-Olympics clash, Molina was able to maintain a level fight until the third round, when headers caused him to bleed from his left eye in the third round. Like a shark, Pedraza sniffed the red liquid and proceeded to punish his rival for the rest of the fight, hurting him in the seventh and tenth innings.
A triumphant José Pedraza celebrates his victory in the ring. (Top Rank)
“The difference was not much but the short one was me and I had to put my long hands in, I call out as we say in Puerto Rico, but they were headbutts that were not without intention and we continued the work and the rhythm, and we did not get out of focus on that”, Pedraza told El Nuevo Día about the blows. “
“My boxing was definitely superior. The experience, the caution, waiting for the precise moment to release my hands. At all times Molina was well alive. He is an experienced boxer with an Olympic style and you had to be alive with him because he also released his hands fast, “he added.
It was Pedraza's second victory in “the bubble” created by Top Rank last June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 31-year-old from Cidre also defeated Mikkel LesPierre by unanimous decision. He improved to 28-3 and 13 knockouts. Molina, meanwhile, saw his record drop to 22-3 and 9 knockouts after coming to the fight with Pedraza with five wins in a row.
Josh Taylor (IBF and WBA) José Ramírez (WBC and WBO) holds the belts of the junior welterweight division. Taylor defends his belts on September 26 against Apinun Khongsong and if he wins, he will go in a unifying match against Ramírez.