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August 06, 2014


Press Release: Super featherweight Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (17-0, 11 KOs), makes his way back to the ring against Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KOs) as the ESPN2 co-feature on August 15th. The ten-round bout will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif, with the main event of Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) vs. Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) topping the bill.

The Puerto RicanPedraza has knocked out five of his last seven. A slick boxer-puncher, Pedraza is not looking past Martinez who recently upset Alejandro Perez (now 19-4).

Pedraza hopes to put on a great performance for all the fans in attendance, as well as those watching on TV. "Martinez is coming off an impressive win against Perez who is a good fighter," said Pedraza. "I know he's going to be coming with all he's got to try to knock me off, but I'll be ready for anything he brings. [My promoters] Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo have once again got me a wonderful opportunity to showcase my skills on an international stage. A world title fight is right around the corner and I just want to keep getting better with each fight. I'm excited to put on a good show for the fans."

"Bustillo and I have really seen the improvement in Pedraza with each fight," said Gary Shaw. "He's advancing brilliantly. I know he has the skills to take his career to the next level. Martinez has a lot of skill and he is going to bring a unique style, but I'm confident Pedraza will use his superior boxing skills to come out victorious."

Undercard Bouts:

Welterweights (8 rounds)- Francisco Santana (20-3-1, 9 KOs) vs. Wilfredo Acuna (15-15, 12 KOs)

Featherweights (6 rounds) -Rufino Serrano (14-5, 1 KO) vs. Khabir Suleymanov (16-4-1, 6 KOs)

Super bantamweights (4 rounds) -Edwin Sandoval (2-1, 1 KO) vs. Lyonell Kelly (0-3)

Heavyweights (4 rounds)- Makani Sarellano (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Andrew Tinae (0-2)

Super middleweights (4 rounds) - Carlos Samuel Lopez vs. Jamal Harris (5-10-4, 3 KOs)

The ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast begins Friday August 15th at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino Box office or online.

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