Commey, Pedraza battle to split draw

Judges could not find a winner in the Jose Pedraza vs Richard Commey fight in Tulsa, USA, on Saturday night.

Pedraza and Commey came into the fight – both needing a win, and when all was said and done, neither of them got it.

The two boxers fought to a split draw in the 10-round bout at 140 lbs, with Pedraza winning one card 97-93, Commey taking another 96-94, and the third judge scoring it 95-95.

Bad Left Hook’s unofficial card was 96-94 in Pedraza’s favour, but the draw outcome really is not a bad one. It was a competitive fight where both veteran fighters had their moments, and also had some rough rounds and even rough stretches.

Pedraza (29-4-1, 14 KO) looked sharp in the opening round, but may have been buzzed a bit in the second by Commey (30-4-1, 27 KO), as Pedraza started looking a little more comfortable staying stationary and trading than he probably should have. That gave Commey what looked like a good run through the fourth round, but then Pedraza came back into it.

Down the stretch of the fight, Pedraza had a dominant ninth round, but the eighth and ninth were both pretty close, though the eighth was tough to score for Pedraza simply because he almost took the round off. Pedraza did some good work to the body especially, which seemed to have a real impact on Commey, who was looking pretty gassed out in the final couple rounds.

For what it is worth, CompuBox saw Pedraza land 165 of 496 (33.3 per cent) of his total punches, and 134 of 291 (46 per cent) of his power punches, while Commey connected on 149 of 684 (21.8 per cent) of his total punches, and 130 of 377 (34.5 per cent) of his power shots. Pedraza won the jab battle, 31-19, and dominated in the body shots, out-landing Commey 78-19. – SB Nation

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