Raymundo Beltran vs. Jose Pedraza Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18
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Jose Pedraza vs. Raymundo Beltran
Boxing: Saturday August 25, 2018 (Gila River Arena)
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Raymundo Beltran and Jose Pedraza fight Saturday at the Gila River Arena for the World Boxing Organisation World Lightweight Title.
Raymundo Beltran enters this fight with a 35-7-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Beltran has won each of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a February win over Paulus Moses. Beltran is coming off one of the bigger victories of his career and will look to defend his new belt for the first time. We’ve seen Beltran pretty much fight for his life in hopes of staying in the United States to becoming one of the top lightweights in the world and somebody who deserves more national spotlight. Beltran is a 37-year-old who stands at 5’8”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Beltran is most known for his quickness and counter ability, but he’s displayed improved power in his last few fights and can overwhelm his opponents at times with combinations. Beltran has knockout potential and can take a punch, but he’s much more effective taking what his opponent gives him and wearing him down over the course of 12 rounds with his conditioning. Beltran brings a ton of heart to the ring and this momentum he’s built over the last few fights is going to be tough to break. This will be Beltran’s third career fight in Arizona, his current residence.
Jose Pedraza enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Pedraza has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Antonio Moran. Pedraza will fight for the third time this year and is fresh off going 10 rounds to win the WBO Latino Lightweight title. Pedraza has some decent wins under his belt already, but a victory here would certainly put the Puerto Rican in a different conversation among the division. Pedraza is 29 years old, stands at 5’8”, has a 70 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Pedraza has very quick hands and is at his best when he’s able to use that speed to dictate the pace of the fight while being the aggressor. Pedraza works the body well and does have some knockout power despite not producing a stoppage since his 2014 win over Juan Carlos Martinez. Pedraza does have some defensive issues, and they were exposed badly in his loss to Gervonta Davis, but he’s an overall solid offensive fighter and his quickness gives him a shot any time he steps in the ring. This will be Pedraza’s first career fight in Arizona.
Pedraza is a quality boxer and his speed and youth over the much older Beltran makes him worth a strong look here. While Beltran has been one of the hotter boxers in the sport the last couple of years, bad things happen to fighters as they age, and being 37 when this fight takes place puts him in worrisome territory. With that said, I can’t bet against the heart of Beltran. The Mexican is all business in the ring, has a high IQ and has these rounds of flawless boxing once he gets comfortable. Once Beltran lands some shots and feels comfortable to start throwing combinations, the floodgates open up. He will have his chances here against Pedraza, who has a habit of dropping his hands far too often.
Beltran wins another big fight.