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8CN Exclusive: Jose “Sniper” Pedraza

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (10-0, 6 KOs) spoke through a translator to 8CN’s David Hopper about his upcoming bout this Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation. The 23-year-old Puerto Rican will take on Tevin Farmer (7-3, 1 KO).

DH: How’s training camp been going?

JP: The training has gone very good. I was only two pounds over the weight limit. We are ready for this fight. The training camp has been great.

DH: What do you know about your opponent, Tevin Farmer?

JP: I don’t really know much about my opponent. My dad knows more. I know he’s a southpaw who has a good boxing technique. He moves a lot. But he gets tired. And that’s when we’re going to take advantage.

DH: Describe your fighting style.

JP: I’m a technician fighter. I box. But at the same time, I’m aggressive. I can feel that I have great hand speed. I’m not a power puncher but my hand speed and my aggressiveness do that in my style.

 DH: Talk about the opportunity of fighting on ShoBox: The New Generation.

JP: Words cannot explain how happy and grateful I am right now. When I first fought on Showtime I was opening the telecast. Now, I’m headlining. I’m very happy and anxious to fight. I’m very happy for this opportunity because it will open more doors for me.

DH: What are some things you want to improve on as a professional?

JP: Maybe gain some power in the punches. But at the same time, I’m a boxer. I’m a technician. We’ve already proven that in every fight. We cannot change much because we’re doing great in the ring. And also the fans are happy with my style.

DH: How did your extensive amateur background prepare you for the pro ranks? 

JP: My amateur boxing experience has helped me a lot. With only 10 professional fights, I’m headlining Showtime. Also I was the WBC Youth champion. That helped me out a lot. Definitely my amateur career has helped me a lot and we’re ready for more tests to come.

 DH: How’d you get the name Sniper?

JP: A friend of mine watched my fight and he told me I was a sniper because every punch I was throwing landed. In Spanish it’s francotirador.

DH: When do you hope to compete for a world title?

JP: If we finish this year with 12 fights we may be fighting for a world title at the end of 2013.

DH: What do you love most about boxing?

JP: I love boxing. Boxing is my passion. What I don’t like is making weight. Making weight is a little bit stressful. I love to eat. My favorite sport is to eat (laughs). I don’t know what to say. I love the sport.

DH: How old were you when you started boxing?

JP: I started when I was 12 years old.

DH: Who is your trainer?

JP: Luis Espada is my trainer and he’s also my father.

DH: Is there anything you want to add or say to your fans?

JP: I just hope that the fans will watch the fight here in Puerto Rico. I hope that people can be with their family. I just hope that everyone has a great time watching my fight because I hope to put on a great show.