A super-lightweight clash between former world champions Richard Commey (30-4-0, 27KOs) and Jose Pedraza (29-4-0, 14KOs) is the highlight of a relatively quiet weekend of boxing.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the location that will see the two former rulers come head-to-head in an intriguing crossroads fight that could spell the end of the loser’s world title ambitions for good. The winner meanwhile will propel themselves back up the ladder towards the big names in stacked divisions ranging from 130-140 pounds respectively.
Commey bravely fought on against Ukraine’s impressive Vasyl Lomachenko in December of last year before losing widely on the cards after twelve rounds, while Pedraza suffered defeat via the same route versus Jose Ramirez five months ago. Whether both are past their best or have simply been overtaken by better and fresher names around them is yet to be seen, but victory will be crucial this weekend if that question is to be answered anytime soon.
The undercard features one of the brightest emerging prospects at heavyweight in Jared Anderson (11-0-0, 11KO) who has won all eleven of his professional contests so far inside the distance. Montenegro’s Miljan Rovcanin (24-2-0, 16KOs) will oppose in an eight-round contest.
The heavyweight action doesn’t stop there as Efe Ajagba (15-1-0, 12KOs) returns for the first time since his sole professional defeat to Frank Sanchez last year, taking on Jozsef Darmos (14-4-3, 10KOs) in an eight-round bout, while Tokyo 2020 super-heavyweight silver medalist Richard Torres (2-0-0, 2KOs) makes his third appearance in the pro ranks. Torres has won both of his first two fights via knockout and will look to replicate that again versus Marco Antonio Canedo (4-2-0, 2KOs) on Saturday. Fellow Tokyo Olympian Delante Johnson (4-0-0, 3KOs) is also set to appear in a six-round super-lightweight clash with Harry Gigliotti (8-3-0, 3KOs).
Top Rank promote and Sky Sports televise in the UK with coverage set to begin at 02:00am in the early hours of Sunday morning.