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Former world champion Jose Pedraza looking to shine on Horn-Crawford undercard

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Former IBF super featherweight champion and current WBC #14 lightweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza 23-1 (12) will continue his comeback when he takes on WBO #4 Antonio Moran 23-2 (16) on the undercard of the WBO welterweight title defence of Jeff Horn against Terence Crawford at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9.

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican lost his IBF world title in his third defence when Gervonta “Tank” Davis stopped him in seven rounds in January last year. He took the rest of 2017 off before returning to the ring as a lightweight against journeyman Jose Luis Rodriguez 23-12 (13) over eight rounds in March this year.

“I feel very happy and excited about this great opportunity. Now I will make the most of it and see what other good opportunities come our way,” said Pedraza told Fightnews. “What is happening right now with my career is exactly what we were expecting and that was the reason that we signed with Top Rank. We want to fight in great stages like this card that will be headlined by Terence Crawford.”

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Martin looks to be a good solid opponent for Pedraza. The 25-year-old Mexican is a tough, durable type with a decent punch who has only ever lost two contests, both on points.

With WBO lightweight champion Ray Beltran and WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko both fighting under the Top Rank banner, Pedraza could eventually find himself challenging one of his stablemates in a world title fight.

“I’m ready to fight for a world title. I know what I have to do,” Pedraza said. “I was a world champion. So I take things calmly, but at the same time I’m picking up the pace.”

Horn versus Crawford and Pedraza versus Moran will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ un the United States beginning at 9:30pm Eastern Time.

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