South Florida-based Dominican Ed “The Lion” Paredes (25-3-1, 16 KOs) will meet power punching former two time world title challenger Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KOs) of Colombia this Friday for the WBO Latino welterweight title. The scheduled twelve rounder will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida with Tuto Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing promoting.
Paredes, just 25 years of age, is already a veteran of more than six years in pro boxing. Paredes breakout fight came earlier this year between he and then unbeaten Joey Hernandez in a South Florida turf battle. The two had fought to a draw six months earlier which many felt Paredes had clearly won. In the rematch, Paredes took the decision out of the judges’ hands in the rematch and stopped Hernandez spectacularly in two rounds. Now that he has won the unofficial hometown title, he’s looking to win a more significant one. Paredes knows by winning the WBO Latino welterweight title he will get himself world ranked by the WBO which was the main reason he took the fight. Fightnews spoke with Paredes as he closed out his final training session.
Your fight with then unbeaten Joey Hernandez got you some notoriety with you winning by knockout and the fight being aired on national telvision. Can you speak on that fight?
It was a rematch of our first fight scored a draw months earlier. I won that fight for sure. He made a bad mistake trading with me in the rematch and I made him pay for it.
What do you know about your opponent Pitalua?
Very strong fighter from what I have seen. He has a very good right hand. He only fights one way which is straight ahead.
Do you feel with him fighting at 135-140 most of his career and you fighting at welterweight for most of yours gives you an advantage?
I do believe it’s an advantage for me but I won’t take him lightly at all. He probably just couldn’t make 135-140 anymore but he seems to have brought his power up to 147.
You have the height, reach, and being the natural welterweight to your advantage in this fight. Are you planning to fight at a distance or use your natural size advantage to enforce your presence on him?
It’s hard to say until you actually get in there. Logic would say to use my height and reach but if I see that I am indeed the stronger fighter I may go the power route.
You draw big crowds for your fights in the Miami area. Do you think that they will travel north to Kissimmee for this fight?
Yes I do. The drive is only 3 hours and I have already received several calls from family and friends telling me that they will make the trip.
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There will be seven bouts in total, doors will open at 7:30 PM with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Ticket prices start at only $15.00 and are already on sale at the Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412. Paredes-Pitalua will be televised live by Telemundo on HD at 11:35 PM.