By Dan Ambrose: Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs) fights Jose Pedraza (29-4-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round fight in the main event on December 10th at 140 on ESPN and ESPN + in Madison Garden Square in New York.
Teofimo, 25, is taking a tough fight against the experienced former two-division world champion ‘Sniper’ Pedraza (29-4-1, 14 KOs) because this is a guy with more technical power than Teo, and with and such. a game that could upset him like what George Kambosos Jr did in the cold, long night of 2021.
This is the second time that Teofimo has fought with him in 140 years after his weight gain after his defeat in Kambosos.
Unfortunately, Teofimo did not perform well in his first game last August. He made a more difficult match than expected when he beat Pedro Campa of the second level with a free kick in the seventh.
Campa regularly goes down through Teofimo’s defense, and if it weren’t for his lack of punching ability, he could work against the New York native.
Looking at how Teofimo did, he did not show any progress in his battle with Kambosos. You have to conclude that Teofimo’s game is very strong at this point, frozen, and cannot improve.
The goal of Top Rank is to fight Teofimo for one of the belts at 140 in 2023. If he loses, it will be interesting to see what happens.
“Four of the greatest boxers, headlined by Teofimo Lopez, will fight on December 10 at Madison Square Garden. This is going to be a very special evening,” said Senior Promoter Bob Arum.
“Lopez is targeting a junior welterweight title shot in 2023, and Jose Pedraza is a Puerto Rican hero hungry for an international opportunity. “
Heavyweight prospect and former Tyson Fury sparring partner Jared Anderson (12-0, 12 KOs) will fight heavy-handed Travelman Jerry Forrest (26-5-2, 20 KOs) in the main support arranged for 10 rounds.
It is important that the 22-year-old Jared does well in this fight as he is coming off a very successful fight in his last fight against Miljan Rovcanin last August.
In this performance, the 6’4″ Anderson didn’t look like the next heavyweight champion being bullied by his brother Bob Arum and Tyson Fury.
Perhaps the most talented fighter on the undercard is 154-lb prospect Xander Zayes taking on Alexis Salazar in a right-hander bout.
Also on the card is heavyweight contender Keyshawn Davis taking on 18-year-old veteran Juan Carlos Burgos (35-6-3, 21 KOs) in an eight-round fight.