Keyshawn Davis: Young Gun Ready to Test Himself Against “Sniper” Pedraza

By Chris Williams - 02/05/2024 - Comments

U.S Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (9-0, 6 KOs) will be seeking win #10 against former two-division world champion Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza (29-5-1, 14 KOs) in their ten-round chief support bout this Thursday, February 8th at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

(Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Top Rank is giving the 24-year-old Keyshawn ‘The Businessman’ a step up against the 34-year-old Pedraza, hoping he can pass the test so they can position him to fight for a world title next.

With Shakur Stevenson having retired, it could open up the WBC lightweight title for Keyshawn to scoop up.

Chasing Another KO?

“I’m trying to stop Pedraza. He’s only been stopped one time by another Davis [Gervonta], so he’s fighting another generation, Davis,” said Keyshawn Davis to the media, talking about his fight against former two-division world champion Jose Pedraza this Thursday, February 8th, on ESPN in Las Vegas.

The only time Pedraza has been knocked out in his 13-year professional career was in 2017 when Gervonta Davis stopped him in the seventh round. If Keyshawn can score a knockout, that would be impressive, especially if he can get him out faster than Tank.

Pedraza hasn’t won a fight in three years since 2021, so he’s not the same guy that Gervonta beat many years ago. He’s still talented, but older and not cut out for the 135-lb division.

Fun, Fight, and the “Businessman”

“I always bring fun fights to boxing. Pedraza also has brought a lot of fun fights to boxing, and he’s doing it again. But he’s fighting a young killer this time. So, just expect an amazing performance from ‘The Businessman,'” said Keyshawn, whose nickname is ‘The Businessman.’

“I’m just ready to fight because I already know what’s going to happen. He’s another opponent that is coming to win, and I love that. Let’s fight. Finally, I’m getting a fighter that can really fight.

“He’s really going to test me. Whatever game plan that he’s got, it’s going to put me to the test. Every time somebody challenges me, I rise to the occasion [except in the 2020 Olympics against Andy Cruz]. This is a fight that I’m going to have to have to, and you’re going to see how good I am, for sure.

“I can’t wait for what he’s going to bring because it’s going to be a tough one for him,” said Keyshawn about Pedraza.

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