Thursday, August 23, 2018

Top Rank Boxing Presents Ray Beltran vs. Jose Pedraza Preview

Bob Arum's Top Rank boxing returns to the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, August 25th. The 11 bout card is headlined by a WBO Lightweight Title fight between Ray Beltrán (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KOs). Beltrán, who resides in nearby Phoenix, looks to continue his five fight win streak on Saturday night. The veteran, orthodox boxer captured the WBO Lightweight Title on February 16, 2018 with a unanimous decision victory over Paulus Moses in Reno, Nevada. Pedraza, a former accomplished amateur boxer from Puerto Rico, has won two straight fights since losing by TKO to Gervonta Davis in 2017. Pedraza, a former IBF and IBO champion, has defeated a number of notable opponents over the course of his seven year career including, Tevin Farmer, Michael Farenas, Andrey Klimov, and Edner Cherry.

The card also features a WBO Super Bantamweight Title clash between Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) and Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs). Dogboe, the current  WBO Super Bantamweight champion, won his title from Jessie Magdaleno in the spring of 2018. This will be the Ghana native's first title defense when he steps into the ring with Japan's Otake. Otake, who at 37-years-old is 14 years the elder of Dogboe, has not fought outside of Japan since falling to Scott Quigg in Liverpool in 2014. Since then, Otake has put together a nice string of nine straight victories in his homeland. Otake is the current Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Super Bantamweight champion.

2016 American Olympian, Mikaela Mayer (6-0, 3 KOs) will square off against veteran Hungarian boxer, Edina Kiss (14-7, 8 KOs) in a six round contest in the lightweight division. Although Mayer appears to be the favorite in this contest, Kiss should prove to be a worthy and tough opponent for the prospect, who turned pro last summer. Kiss has been in the ring with some of the top names in modern women's boxing including Shelly Vincent, Amanda Serrano, and Heather Hardy.

The card also features the following professionals bouts:

Arnold Barboza Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs) vs. Luis Solis (24-8-4, 20 KOs) - ten rounds, junior welterweights

Antonio Lozada Jr. (40-2, 34 KOs) vs. Hector Ambriz (12-7-1, 6 KOs) - ten rounds, lightweights

Francico De Vaca (18-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jesus Serrano (17-5-2, 12 KOs) - ten rounds, junior lightweights

Robson Conceicao (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Edgar Cantu (7-4-2, 1 KO) - eight rounds, junior lightweights

Trevor McCumby (23-0, 18 KOs) vs. Jessie Nicklow (27-8-3, 9 KOs) - eight rounds, light heavyweights

Carlos Castro (20-0, 9 KOs) vs. Diuhl Olguin (13-10-3, 9 KOs) - ten rounds, junior featherweights

Sagadat Rakhmankulov (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Christian Aguirre (7-2, 3 KOs) - eight rounds, junior middleweights

Breenan Macias (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Philip Adyaka (7-11, 4 KOs) - four rounds, bantamweights

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