Jose Pedraza stops Antonio Lozada Jr. in Nine
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: May 26, 2019
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA – At the Osceola Heritage Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida in front of a mostly pro-Puerto Rican crowd, former two-division world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (26-2, 13 KOs) put on one of the best performances of his career by stopping Tijuana, Mexico’s Antonio Lozada, Jr. (40-3-1, 34 KOs).
At times the bout was reminiscent of another classic battle between Mexico and Puerto in Miguel Cotto’s fights with Antonio Margarito.
Lozada was the aggressor from the start of the match, applying pressure throughout each round. Pedraza, who has underrated toughness, was able to keep his composure and began to turn Lozada to land clean counter right hands.
Many of the rounds saw Pedraza slip and counter many of Lozada’s punches and assaults, however, there were many instances in rounds where the Mexican’s volume of punches may have won over the judges.
The seventh round saw a shift in the fight as Pedraza began to push Lozada back and against the ropes landing a significant amount of power punches.
In the next round, the Puerto Rican kept up the momentum be adding body punches to his attack while landing hard punches up top. In the ninth round, Pedraza scored a knockdown with a counter left hand that put Lozada on the seat of his pants.
Pedraza followed up with a barrage of punches putting an end to the fight at the 2:34 mark of the ninth round. Two of the three judges had Pedraza ahead at the time of the stoppage with one judge having the fight a draw.
The victory over Lozada was a comeback bout for Pedraza following his loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko last December. Pedraza’s performance makes him a viable opponent for almost anyone at Lightweight.
The plan for the Puerto Rican could be to move up to the Super Lightweight division to attempt to become a three-division world champion.
The ESPN+ portion of the telecast kept up with the night's activities of knockouts as two prospects met in the featherweight division for the NABF Jr. Featherweight title.
Florida’s Jean Carlos Rivera (15-2, 10 KOs) who hails from Puerto Rico came out to much fanfare from the mostly Puerto Rican contingent crowd. Rivera faced off against California’s Adam Lopez (13-1, 6 KOs) who is trained by famed trainer Buddy McGirt.
The match began well for Rivera as he landed clean counter right hands and left hooks on Lopez. In the second round, Rivera began to land more frequently and scored a hard knockdown on Lopez who looked ready to be stopped.
Lopez was able to survive the second round, and from this point in the bout began to make progress in each round. The California native may not have been winning rounds, but he was able to land more and more in each round.
By the sixth round, the momentum of the bout completely shifted in Lopez’s favor as he began to hurt Rivera with strong counters. A combination by Lopez landed leaving Rivera reeling and was only held up by the ropes.
Rivera was barely able to stand as his cornermen rushed into the ring to pour water on his fighter.
The referee was late to give Rivera a ten count for what was a knockdown allowing him to get some extra time in between rounds. However, the fight was over at this point.
As soon as the seventh round began, Lopez pounced on Rivera forcing the referee to stop the match due to an accumulation of punches. The fight was stopped 16 seconds into the seventh round.
Also on the ESPN+ card was a Super Flyweight bout for the vacant WBO International Super Flyweight title. Okinawa, Japan’s Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19 KOs) was thought to have scored a first-round knockout over Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron (10-0, 5 KOs) with a right hand.
After a review from the Florida Boxing Commission, it was found that the cause of the knockout was from a head butt and not a right hand. The decision was reversed to a no-contest leaving the WBO International title to remain vacant.
(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)