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José Pedraza González (born May 8, 1989) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer in the lightweight division and is currently ranked #13 in the world by both the World Boxing Council[1] and the World Boxing Organization[2]. He had held the IBF super featherweight title from June 2015 to January 2017. As an amateur he represented Puerto Rico, winning medals in multiple international competitions. Among the awards achieved by Pedraza are a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, silver at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships and gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, as well as participation in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Pedraza debuted as a professional in February 2011, winning the World Boxing Council's Super Featherweight Youth World Championship in only his sixth fight.

José Pedraza
Real name José Pedraza González
  • Sniper
  • Goldo
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach 70 12 in (179 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 29)
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Stance Ambidextrous
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 23
Wins by KO 12
Losses 1


Amateur careerEdit

Early career and Pan American GamesEdit

Pedraza participated in the 2006 Copa La Romana. In the quarter finals he defeated Javier Fortuna (27:5).[3] He secured the bronze medal with a 12:9 victory over V.Castillo of Ecuador. Pedraza won the tournament's gold medal over localist boxer Jonathan Batista (10:5). In December, he won the lightweight national championship, defeating Hector Marengo (18:15) in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos.[4] On February 4, 2007, Pedraza debuted in the Pan American Games Qualifier defeating Oscar Diaz of the Dominican Republic (13:6).[5] He qualified to the event by winning the bronze medal, losing (16:8) to localist Lisandro Bolivar in the semifinals. On March 31, 2007, Pedraza participated in a dual against Trinidad, winning (26:19) a contest over Jules De Gannes.[6] He entered the IX Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte, debuting with a victory over Shemuel Pagan of the United States.[7] Pedraza won the event's silver medal, losing to Jean Gomis by hit count after the contest finished tied 8:8. At the Pan American Games, he debuted winning (26:7) his preliminary over Jose Virula Lopez of Guatemala.[8] Pedraza advanced to the medal round defeating Lisandro Bolivar of Venezuela. He won the tournament's bronze medal, losing (7:2) to localist Everton Lopes. Pedraza entered the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but lost (25:17) his preliminary contest against Sadam Ali.[9] He closed the year participating in a dual against France, losing (15:5) to Daouda Sow.[10]

Summer Olympics and World CupEdit

In January 2008, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship, defeating Reynaldo Ojeda (20:11) in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos.[11] At the American Olympic Qualifier, he debuted with a 20:4 victory over Valentino Knowles of Bahamas.[12] In the quarterfinals he lost (13:5) to Yordenis Ugas. In April 2008, he entered the second American Olympic Qualifier, stopping Omar Ward of Barbados in the second round of his preliminary.[13] He guaranteed a medal by defeating (15:8) Juan Cuellar of Argentina. In the semifinals, Pedraza stopped Alexis Folleco of Ecuador in the third round. He won the tournament's gold medal and qualified to the 2008 Summer Olympics by defeating Lopes in a rematch. Pedraza debuted in the X Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte with a victory (19:8) over countryman Alberto Mercado.[14] In the finals he defeated Shemuel Pagan of the United States by walk over. Prior to the Olympics Pedraza participated in the XXXVIII International Golden Belt Tournament, advancing to the semifinals before losing (37:25) to Vladimir Saruhanyan of Russia.[15] As part of their training the boxing team moved to South Korea, in order to adapt to the time-zone.[16] After training and participating in a series of exhibition matches, the team traveled from Corea to Beijin.[17]

In his first Olympic fight, Pedraza defeated Onur Şipal of Turkey by points, with scores of 10–3. Throughout the event, his strategy focused on maintaining a solid defense while connecting combinations to his opponent's body.[18] Pedraza lost his second preliminary to Daouda Sow of France by points, 13:9.[19] He entered the 2008 Boxing World Cup, advancing to the semifinals with an 8:2 win over Georgian Popescu of Romania.[20] He won the bronze medal, losing (14:4) his next contest to Albert Selimov of Russia. In February 2008, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship in the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos, defeating Reynaldo Cintron in the preliminaries, Erick Vidal in the quarterfinals (WO), Edgardo Rivera in the semifinals and Ken Alvarez in the final (10:3).[21] In May 2009, he entered the XII Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte and competed in the light welterweight limit, winning his first contest over Pedro Vicente by stoppage in three rounds.[22] Pedraza won the silver medal, losing to Bernard Lebron in the finals by hit score following a 16:16 tie.

World medalist and regional championshipEdit

At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, Pedraza debuted by defeating Abdlay Anarbay of Kazakhstan (10:4).[23] In his second contest, he defeated Zorigtbaataryn Enkhzorig of Mongolia (4:3).[24] In the third date Pedraza defeated (6:5) Ljubomir Marjanovic of Serbia.[25] A medal was secured with a (14:4) victory over Serdar Khudayberdiyev of Turkey in the quarterfinals. He advanced winning his contest against Albert Selimov, 9:5. In the finals, he lost a decision (9:4) to localist Domenico Valentino, winning the silver medal. In December 2009, Pedraza participated in the AIBA Presidents Cup, winning in his debut over Enkhzorig Zorigtbaatar.[26] He lost a 21 decision to Semen Grivachev in the semifinals. An invitation was extended to him and the Arroyo brothers to participate in the World Series of Boxing, but it was declined. In January 2010, Pedraza defended the lightweight national championship in the finals of the Torneo Nacional Isaac Barrientos, defeating Jorge Maysonet, Jr. (4:3) in the quarterfinals, Jose Davila (3:2) in the semifinals and Edgardo Lopez in the finals.[27] In April 2010, he defeated Davila (5:3) in the national team's selection meeting.[28] In May 2010, he entered the XIII Torneo José "Cheo" Aponte, defeating Antonio Ortiz in the semifinals and Davila (5:0) in the final.[29] He entered the 2010 Copa Olimpica, defeating Antonio Ortiz by points.[30] In June 2010, Pedraza participated in the 2010 Pan-American Championships, debuting with a 14:1 victory over Joan Gonzalez of Venezuela.[31] In the semifinals he defeated Erick Bonez (7:0). Pedraza won the silver medal, losing (8:3) to Yasnier Toledo Lopez in the final. In July he participated in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, debuting with a 22:7 victory over Angel Gutierrez of Mexico.[32] Pedraza advanced stopping Omar Ward in the second round. He defeated (10:1) Wellington Arias of the Dominican Republic in the semifinals. Pedraza won the old medal with a 10:2 victory over Cesar Villarraga of Colombia. On December 3, 2010, Pedraza participated in a dual against the United States defeating Duran Caferro, 16:3.[33]

Professional careerEdit

Youth World ChampionshipEdit

Pedraza's intention to become a professional was made public on January 3, 2011.[34] A press conference was held a week later, where he signed a contract with three different promoters, Universal Promotions of Puerto Rico, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment, who agreed to co-promote his career.[35] His professional debut was scheduled for February 18, 2011.[36] The opponent was Felix Rivera, who also debuted after compiling an amateur record of 68–5. Pedraza won the contest by technical knockout in the first round, following a combination to the head and body. The following month he participated in his first contest outside of Puerto Rico, defeating Corben Page in the same manner.[37] On June 10, 2011, Pedraza was included in a boxing card held prior to the Puerto Rican Day Parade, a tradition among the diaspora in New York. The contest was stopped in the first round, following two knockdowns over his opponent, Tomi Archambault.[38] The opponent for his first six-round fight was Pedro Antonio Salcedo. Pedraza outboxed and injured Salcedo several times, earning a unanimous decision, with identical scores of 60-54.[39] Following a short hiatus, he defeated John Wampash by technical knockout in the fourth round.[40] On December 30, 2011, only ten months after his debut, Pedraza participated in his first titular match, challenging for the World Boxing Council's Super Featherweight Youth World Championship. He won by technical knockout in the fifth round, when the referee retired an injured Herbert Quartey from the contest.[41] He headlined Team Puerto Rico's first local card of 2012, "Pa' Bravo Yo", defeating Anthony Woods in the fourth round after his opponent's corner submitted the contest by throwing a towel into the ring.[42]

IBF World ChampionshipEdit

On June 13, 2015 Pedraza captured the vacant International Boxing Federation junior lightweight world championship by defeating Russia's Andrey Klimov via unanimous decision. [43] Pedraza successfully defended his championship twice, against Edner Cherry [44] and Stephen Smith.[45]

In 2017, he lost the IBF title to Gervonta Davis.[46]

Career at LightweightEdit

On October 30th 2017, it was announced that Pedraza was now being managed by Victory Sports. It was also announced that Pedraza would now campaign in the lightweight division. [47] On March 2nd, Top Rank announced they had signed Pedraza to a multi-fight promotional agreement. [48]

March 17th, Pedraza made his lightweight and Top Rank debut at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden outpointing Jose Luis Rodriguez. [49]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
24 fights 23 wins 1 loss
By knockout 12 1
By decision 11 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 N/A N/A   Antonio Morán N/A – (10) Jun 9, 2018   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 23–1   José Luis Rodríguez UD 8 Mar 17, 2018   Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Loss 22–1   Gervonta Davis TKO 7 (12), 2:36 Jan 14, 2017   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost IBF super featherweight title
22 Win 22–0   Stephen Smith UD 12 2016-04-16   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title
21 Win 21–0   Edner Cherry SD 12 2015-10-03   Ohio, Cincinnati, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title
20 Win 20–0   Andrey Klimov UD 12 2015-06-13   Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Won vacant IBF super featherweight title
19 Win 19–0   Michael Farenas UD 12 2014-11-14   Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
18 Win 18–0   Juan Carlos Martinez RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2014-08-15   Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
17 Win 17–0   Arturo Uruzquieta TKO 1 (6), 2:19 2014-06-07   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
16 Win 16–0   Alberto Garza UD 12 2014-03-22   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Won IBO super featherweight title
15 Win 15–0   Alejandro Rodriguez KO 3 (10), 0:48 2013-10-26   Estadio Jesús M. Freire , Cidra, Puerto Rico
14 Win 14–0   Gabriel Tolmajyan UD 10 2013-08-09   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
13 Win 13–0   Sergio Villanueva TKO 7 (10), 2:59 2013-06-08  Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0   Gerardo Zayas TKO 1 (8) 2013-02-23  Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico
11 Win 11–0   Tevin Farmer TKO 8 (8), 0:47 2012-10-12   Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
10 Win 10–0   Jose Valderrama UD 8 2012-08-31   Guillermo Angulo Coliseum, Carolina, Puerto Rico
9 Win 9–0   Carlos Claudio UD 8 2012-06-15   Mario 'Quijote' Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
8 Win 8–0   Gil Garcia UD 8 2012-04-27   Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma
7 Win 7–0   Anthony Woods TKO 4 (8), 2:30 2012-02-24   Salvador Dijols Coliseum, Ponce, Puerto Rico
6 Win 6–0   Herbert Quartey TKO 5 (8), 1:20 2011-12-30   Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Won vacant WBC Youth super featherweight title.
5 Win 5–0   John Wampash KO 4 (6), 2:11 2011-11-11   Cohen Stadium, El Paso, Texas
4 Win 4–0   Pedro Antonio Salcedo UD 6 2011-08-19   Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico
3 Win 3–0   Tomi Archambault TKO 1 (4), 2:21 2011-06-10   Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York
2 Win 2–0   Corben Page TKO 1 (4), 2:25 2011-03-29   BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York
1 Win 1–0   Felix Rivera TKO 1 (4), 1:25 2011-03-29   Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico Professional debut.

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Major world boxing titles
Title last held by
Rances Barthelemy
IBF super featherweight champion
June 13, 2015 – January 14, 2017
Succeeded by
Gervonta Davis
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Will Tomlinson
IBO super featherweight champion
March 22, 2014 – 2014
Title next held by
Jack Asis