The forthcoming Top Rank event will feature Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey as its headliners on August 27 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both fighters lost their most recent fights and will want to bounce back, which should make their super-lightweight matchup more intense for all the right reasons.
Jose Pedraza vs Richard Commey
Pedraza, a two-division world champion, is still a viable challenger for the 140 lb. crown. Meanwhile, Pedraza’s opponent Richard Commey, who is also the current IBF lightweight world champion, will try to defeat Pedraza in order to maintain his dominance in the super lightweight division.
Commey is a greater knockout artist than Jose Pedraza, having a career record of 30-4. The Ghanaian has a KO-ratio of 79.41% and 27 stoppage victories. Pedraza, on the other hand, only has 14 knockout victories and a 42.42% KO percentage. The contest will go 10 rounds, and the victor will be eligible for the 140-pound title bout. The fight’s timings are shown here.
Pedraza’s Strategy to Beat Power Puncher Commey
Pedraza would win this bout easily if it came down to technical boxing alone, as indicated by the -275 line on him (73.3% victory probability). He is more skilled, has greater defence, and moves and fights well outside.
However, Commey’s better punching power and the more speculative issue of how much each man has left in him after lately putting some hard miles on the odometer must be taken into consideration.
Pedraza should have the upper hand there as well. Prior to losing to Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in March, he had won three straight fights after losing to Jose Zepeda in 2019.
Commey likewise lost against Lomachencko, and from the outside, the outcome appeared to be relatively similar: defeat by unanimous decision. But that was a brutal, one-sided beating, and in the seventh round, Lomachenko twice felled Commey while pleading with Commey’s corner to stop the fight and preserve their guy.
Commey will be fighting for the first time since that thrashing, and there is only one victory standing between that setback and his previous second-round knockout loss to Teofimo Lopez.
Commey is the tougher puncher here even if he appears to have sustained more damage and may already be more worn out.
Jose Pedraza vs Richard Commey- Timings
The Top Rank event’s main card will start at 9:00 PM ET (August 27)/2:00 AM BT (August 28). The main event’s ring walks are anticipated to start at 11:00 PM ET (August 27)/ 4:00 AM BT (August 28).
However, depending on how long the undercard lasts, the time for the main event may change. The main event is one of a total of 11 contests on the schedule.
The event will follow on the same night’s DAZN boxing return of KSI vs Swarmz and Luis Pineda.
Where to watch Jose Pedraza vs. Richard Commey live?
In the USA, ESPN and ESPN Plus will broadcast the Top Rank event. In the UK, Sky Sports will broadcast the tournament live.
Australia and many other nations will be able to watch the bout live on FITE TV. To find out how to watch Pedraza vs. Campa, get in touch with your regional network distributor.
Jose Pedraza vs Richard Commey Latest Betting and Odds
Perhaps the biggest knockout artist in the group is Richard Commey. The former super lightweight champion Pedraza, though, is the favourite to prevail by a wide margin according to the betting odds. Pedraza (-275) is reportedly the favourite while “RC” (+210) is the underdog. The complete battle schedule is shown below.
- Richard Commey vs. Jose Pedraza: Super lightweight
- Miljan Rovcanin vs. Jared Anderson; heavyweight
- Jozsef Darmos vs. Efe Ajagba; heavyweight
- Heavyweight bout between Richard Torrez and Marco Antonio Canedo
- Harry Gigliotti vs. Delante Johnson: Super lightweight
- Sebastian Gabriel Chaves vs. Kelvin Davis; Welterweight
- Gerardo Esquivel vs. Frevian Gonzalez Robles: Lightweight
- Heavyweight bout: Nick Jones vs. Jeremiah Milton
- Manuel Guzman vs. Haven Brady Jr. in a featherweight match
- Angel Rebollar vs. Abdullah Mason; Lightweight
- Leandro Silva vs. Dante Benjamin in a light heavyweight fight
Jose Pedraza vs Richard Commey Pick
This fight will likely be tighter than the odds indicate, but Pedraza should prevail if he enters the fight with a clear strategy in mind and follows it through to the finish.
If Commey wasn’t buried by Lomachenko’s barrage of blows and didn’t appear to be in the latter stages of his career at the age of 35, the +210 underdog wager on him could be worth a closer look.
Even though Pedraza is slower than Lomachenko, he should still be able to prevail in this bout if he can control his range and remain steady.
Because of this, I like the -180 line that DraftKings is providing on Pedraza via decision or technical decision if you’re seeking for higher value at just a little bit more risk. This one has a good chance of lasting a while. I anticipate Pedraza will concentrate on outboxing Commey and have faith that the judges will commend his efforts because he is aware of how much of a banger Commey is.
The wager: Jose Pedraza by choice or by technicality (-180)
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