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Pedraza captures IBO title, Rivera and Paredes win pro debuts

Pedraza captures IBO world title
Mario Serrano

On Saturday night March 22 at the auditorium Juan Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto, undefeated super featherweight contender, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (16-0, 10 KOs) captured the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight world title, with a dominating unanimous decision victory against Mexico's Alberto "Kichis" Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs). Scorecards read 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

"This was another fight where I went the distance and learned a lot." said Pedraza in a statement to "I'm working on everything each time I step in the ring. I'm feeling more comfortable while I'm honing in on my skills to get better, I'll fight anyone anywhere. I'm ready to make my people proud. Fighting in Puerto Rico is the best."

Newly signed amateur stars, bantamweight Jean "Chapito" Rivera (1-0) and featherweight Luis Paredes (1-0) were successful, winning their pro debuts convincingly.

Riviera used his speed and lateral movement to defeat his opponent Josue Class (0-1). Scorecards read 39-36 and 40-35 twice all in favor of Rivera.

"Coming out victorious in my first pro fight was the goal for me tonight." said Riviera in an e-mail to "I learned a lot in this fight and I want to thank Gary Shaw for everything. I feel great and it was incredible fighting in front of my people here in Puerto Rico. I'm hoping to get right back in the ring."

Paredes faced a game opponent in Kevin Vazquez, who was also making his pro debut, but won convincingly. Scorecards read 39-36 across the board for Paredes.

Pedraza is a member of "Team Puerto Rico", which is a collaboration between Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, made with the goal of gathering the best of Puerto Rico's boxing talents. Paredes and Rivera are promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.

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