Gervonta Davis predicted he would knock out 130-pound champion Jose Pedraza on Saturday night, but was noncommittal on when the stoppage would occur, suggesting it could happen in “the eighth, nine or 10th round.” In the end, the 5-foot-6 “Tank” sold himself a little short.
Gervonta Davis has heard all about how he’s never faced an opponent the caliber of 130-pound world champion Jose Pedraza. While he doesn’t necessarily disagree, he believes his own abilities are being sold short.
Jose Pedraza is well aware of his status in the hierarchy of Puerto Rican pugilism.
Jose Pedraza’s crowning achievement was exactly that: a one-sided unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov for a vacant 130-pound world title—a fight in which the “Sniper” displayed volatile ambidexterity.
The 168-pound world championship showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale already had a date and broadcasting network. Now it has a location—plus a very intriguing co-main event.
This time, Jose Pedraza left no doubt.
Jose Pedraza is trying to elevate his star status in Puerto Rico with a defense of his 130-pound world title. British challenger Stephen Smith is simply looking to keep up with his siblings.
If you came upon a roundtable gathering of boxing aficionados and the discussion turned to the best 130-pound fighters in the world today, you’d likely hear a variety of answers.