Jose Pedraza dominates Michael Farenas
Junior lightweight Jose Pedraza dominated Michael Farenas to win by unanimous decision on Friday in Puerto Rico. The IBF eliminator bout took place before Pedraza’s countrymen at the Coliseo Pedr├¡n Zorrilla in Hato Rey.
Pedraza (19-0, 12 knockouts) won by scores of 116-112, 117-111, and, 118-110. In victory he earned the right to face RING No. 2-rated 130-pounder Rances Barthelemy, the IBF titleholder.
Pedraza, 25, had won his previous two bouts by knockout, having last been in action for a sixth-round stoppage of Juan Carlos Martinez in August.
A 30-year-old southpaw, Farenas (39-5-4, 31 KOs) had scored consecutive stoppage victories in his previous five outings.
He was coming off an eighth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Mark Davis in July, and had last suffered defeat by unanimous decision against former titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa in December 2012.