Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey to satisfy in crossroads bout on July 23

Jose Pedraza (proper) lands a straight proper on Stephen Smith – Picture by Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Information reached The Ring that former light-weight titleholders Richard Commey and Jose Pedraza will meet in a crossroads combat on the Grand On line casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on a Prime Rank present on ESPN on July 23.

The combat will happen at junior welterweight. Pedraza (29-4, 14 knockouts) will probably be having his sixth combat on the weight, whereas Commey (30-4, 27 KOs) will probably be making his 140-pound debut.

Commey turned skilled in 2011. The Ghanaian received his first 24 fights earlier than struggling controversial loses to Robert Easter Jr. (SD 12) after they met for the vacant IBF light-weight title and in opposition to Denis Shafikov (SD 12) in Russia in 2016.

He rebounded with three wins to arrange a second world title shot, this time he stopped Isa Chaniev (TKO 2) for the vacant IBF 135-pound title. Commey stopped Ray Beltran (KO 8) earlier than surrendering his title to Teofimo Lopez (TKO 2).

The 35-year-old obtained again within the win column in opposition to Jackson Marinez earlier than being roundly overwhelmed by Vasiliy Lomachenko (UD 12) final December.

Pedraza was a adorned beginner, representing Puerto Rico on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He later claimed silver on the 2009 World Championships. He went unbeaten by 19 fights earlier than profitable the vacant IBF junior light-weight title in opposition to Andrey Klimov (UD 12) in June 2015.

Two defenses adopted earlier than he was stopped by rising star Gervonta Davis (TKO 7) in January 2017. The defeat prompted him to maneuver as much as light-weight, the place he shortly received the WBO title in opposition to Beltran (UD 12).

Pedraza appeared to unify in opposition to WBA counterpart Lomachenko however dropped a lopsided resolution.

Once more, Pedraza moved up in weight. Since settling at 140-pounds, the now 33-year-old has gone 3-2 in opposition to good opposition, dropping aggressive choices to Jose Zepeda (UD 10) and Jose Ramirez (UD 12).

With each males of their 30s and coming off defeats, it’s a should win combat for each of them in the event that they wish to proceed working on the highest stage.

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