By: Sean Cross
Former two-time champion Jose Pedraza, 29-4, fights for a match Saturday night when he faces former world champion Richard Comey, 30-4, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fight that headlines the ESPN card is a must-win for each fighter as both of their recent bouts have tasted defeat.
The fighters initially came out in anger, not wanting to engage in the process of coming out with emotion. Comey kept his punches well together and fought more fluidly than his opponent. As the first minute mark of the round passed, Pedraza looked furious. Comey continued to do well in the third, but there was no doubt that Pedraza was still in the fight. However, in the fourth it was clear that Comey was the more active of the two fighters.
Pedraza threw and landed in the fifth, but there was nothing real about the punch. That being said, Pedraza was throwing more energy and moving more aggressively in the sixth. But Comey made the point to return the shot. The seventh was a close, high-octane affair. Things slowed down a bit in the eighth, but remained competitive. Comey landed the jab in the ninth, but Pedraza did a good job stringing his punches together. In fact, it appeared later in the round that Comey may have been injured.
Comey went on a break in the tenth while Pedraza landed impressive shots of his own. It was an uphill battle. A combined score of the judges ultimately decided the fight as a draw. There were some terrific balls in the televised card earlier. Heavyweight Jared Anderson finished Miljan Rovkanin flat in the second round, while Richard Torrez put Marco Antonio Canedo in the face after the opening bell. It took several terrifying minutes before Kanedo was helped back onto the stool.