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Jose Pedraza prepared to face Richard Commey in rematch

Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza 29-4-1 (14) says he is ready to give Richard ‘RC’ Commey 30-4-1 (27) a rematch following their split draw at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night.

In a see-saw battle over 10 rounds at junior welterweight, Pedraza finished the stronger of the two but could do quite enough to salvage the victory. Judge Henry Gueary had it 97-93 for Pedraza, judge Gary Ritter had it even at 95-95, while judge David Sutherland gave the fight to Commey 96-94.

Pedraza said he would not knock back a return bout with Commey.

“I’ve never turned down a fight and I’m not going to start now,” the 33-year-old Puerto Rican said after the fight. “Whatever Top Rank wants for me. If they demand a rematch, I’m ready to give Richard Commey a rematch because he deserves it and I have the utmost respect for him.

“Ultimately, my goal is to win a world title once again. Whatever I have to do, that’s what I’m willing to do.”

The fight with Commey was a close one in the early going. Ghana’s Commey, 35, seemed to have the ascendancy in the middle rounds, outlanding Pedraza 58-41 over rounds five through to eight according to CompuBox.

Commey was cut over his left eye in round six but did his own damage to Pedraza’s left eye with his repeated right hands throughout the fight.

Jose Pedraza outlanded Richard Commey 36-10 in the ninth round. The fighters ended the bout separated by just 16 landed punches.

“Even though my eye was inflamed, we understood that it was done because he has a good right hand,” Pedraza said. “The entire night, the whole point was to neutralize that right hand. Despite the fact that it was inflamed, I was able to do that.”

Pedraza committed to the body attack throughout the fight. He averaged 7.8 body punches landed per round and believe he had Commey hurt to the midriff in the final two rounds.

“I landed a great body shot,” Pedraza said. “I felt that I hurt him and that gave me the inspiration to keep going after him. I actually believe those were the rounds that gave me the victory tonight, despite what the scorecards say.”

Commey, who was coming off a decision loss to Vasiliy Lomahcenko, accepted the result.

“It is a draw,” Commey said. “Obviously, I have to go back home and see my people. I love my people and I gotta go back there, do what I gotta do.”

Pedraza, who was coming off a points loss to former WBC and WBO junior welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez, briefly held the WBO lightweight title in 2018 before losing his belt to Lomachenko.

Commey won the vacant IBF lightweight championship in 2019 and made one successful title defence before losing his strap to Teofimo Lopez.