We are only a week away from the much anticipated Jermall Charlo fight on September 26. Any time Charlo steps into the ring, you have to pay attention to what he’s going to do. He’s an unbeaten fighter looking to defend his WBC Middleweight World Champion belt. Charlo believes he’s the best at middleweight, but there are others that would strongly disagree.
We have to see what Charlo would do against Demetrius Andrade before we start discussing him in higher regard, though. Some would argue that Charlo is talented enough to beat Andrade and even Canelo, but I don’t know about Canelo or GGG. In any event, all of the above would make for must-watch bouts. As far as this Saturday is concerned, we should have a pretty entertaining card in the bubble in Las Vegas.
The main event promises to be a good one between Jose Pedraza and Javier Molina. Pedraza is the former WBO lightweight title holder in 2018. The Puerto Rican lost his belt against Vasyl Lomachenko on December 8 after winning the title against Raymundo Beltran on August 25, 2018. It was a quick turnaround for Pedraza. He was unable to hold onto his title for long.
Pedraza is coming off a win on July 2 over Mikkel LesPiere by UD in the bubble. With that in mind, there should be no rust for Pedraza on Saturday night. He will take on Olympian Javier Molina in this bout. Molina has been hot with five straight wins. His most recent was a UD victory over Amir Imam on February 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
He’s one of the last boxers to compete just before the country went into shutdown. Molina goes into Saturday with a record of 22-2 with 9 KO’s on his resume. He must beat Pedraza to garner attention. This is one of the biggest opponents of his career, and it’s going to have to be a win to gather some respect. Molina isn’t going to expect a title opportunity if he can’t compete versus Pedraza on Saturday night. It’s as simple as that. Head below for our free Jose Pedraza vs. Javier Molina pick for September 19, 2020.
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The step up in competition level is going to be Javier Molina’s biggest enemy on Saturday night, but he has had more time off to prepare his body. Molina hasn’t fought since February, while Pedraza just won in July in the MGM Grand bubble. That might be his biggest friend in this one. Note that Molina has never faced a champion in his 24 bout career. He’s never had an opportunity to box for a title. His biggest accomplishment up to this point is winning the 2007 US National Championships at 17, which granted him a trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
His win over Amir Imam was fairly impressive, though. Imam’s biggest accomplishment in his career was winning the WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title in 2015. He lost his most recent title opportunity in 2018 for the vacant WBC super lightweight title. It was an impressive performance by Molina, but Imam is not up to level with the 27-3 Pedraza. Molina does have a height advantage on Pedraza, but at a disadvantage when it comes to reach. He’s 2.5 inches behind Pedraza in that regard.
Molina does not have much power in his arsenal. He will simply try to outbox Pedraza and win by decision. Molina’s knockout rate going into Saturday is 37.5 percent. That might work against some opponents, but Pedraza will want to do exactly the same thing. Pedraza will look to pick his spots and wear Molina out. Molina will win some early rounds, though expect Pedraza, who is far more experienced against higher regarded boxers, should be too much to handle. Expect Pedraza to take care of this assignment on Saturday night inside the MGM Grand bubble.