April 16, 2012 - On
Friday, April 27, in Miami, Oklahoma, the 2010 Central American and
Caribbean Games gold medalist and WBC Youth super featherweight World
Champion, José "Sniper" Pedraza (7-0, 6KO's), from Puerto Rico, will be opening the telecast of the SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation, live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Pedraza's opponent, Gil García (5-2-1, 1KO), from Texas, recently fought to a controversial draw against undefeated Gabino Saenz (6-0, 5KO's) and has a controversial majority decision loss to Jerry Belmontes (15-0, 5KO's).
"García is a tough
opponent that throws lots of punches, but we are more than ready for
that. My condition is perfect, and we are very happy to be on a SHOWTIME
fight," says Pedraza. Pedraza's WBC Youth super featherweight title
will not be at stake.
Pedraza's father, trainer and manager, Luis Espada,
commented: "Pedraza is in great shape, near the weight limit, and the
sparring with former world champ Rocky Martínez went great."
Espada also talked
about Pedraza's opponent, Gil García: "I saw a video and he is an
aggressive fighter that never backs down. Also, he has a controversial
loss to Jerry Belmontes. We think García is a good fit for Pedraza's
The Pedraza vs. García bout is set for eight rounds at a maximum weight limit of 132 pounds.
Co-featuring the event is fellow Boricua, Luis "Orlandito" del Valle (15-0, 11 KO's), who will be going against Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KO's) in a 10-round fight in the super bantamweight division.
The boxing card, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, will be held at the Buffalo Run Casino, and will feature the main event fight between current IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (18-0, 13 KO's) and Marcus Johnson (23-1, 12 KO's).
Pedraza and Del Valle are members of "Team Puerto Rico", which is a collaboration between Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment, Universal Promotions and Warriors Boxing, made with the goal of gathering the best of Puerto Rico's boxing talents.
For tickets, you may contact DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577 and/or www.dbe1.com.
For more information about Team Puerto Rico Boxing, you may visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com, Facebook.com/Team Puerto Rico Boxing, and @TeamPRboxing on Twitter.