Gary Shaw Productions ESPN Friday Night Fights card on August 9th at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif is heating up. While the main event of the evening will consist of a pair of rising lightweights in Rustam Nugaev and Jose Hernandez, the co-feature has all the potential to steal the show with junior lightweights Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-2-1, 3 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (13-0, 9 KOs) squaring off in a matchup that holds a ton of promise for the winner.
Tolmajyan is coming off of a minor upset win over previously undefeated Puerto Rican standout Jorge Maysonet Jr., and like Maysonet Jr., Pedraza is coming into the bout as an undefeated prospect.
Tolmajyan knows that another win in front of a televised audience could mean big things for his future and he is focused on the task at hand. “I can’t even describe how badly I want this, I feel like this is my opportunity to move up the rankings and solidify my status as one of the best in the division. This is my time and I know that in this sport you don’t get many, so my plan is to come out and leave it all in the ring,” said Tolmajyan.
The unbeaten Pedraza, who’s a member of Team Puerto and co-promoted by GSP, Universal Promotions and DiBella entertainment, stated “I don’t get caught up on my record or my resume like other fighters. I’m focused on the things that matter and those things are proven every day in the gym. I stay geared towards winning and getting better in camp. My confidence doesn’t come from the things I’ve done, it comes from the things I know I’m capable of doing. My opponent shouldn’t concern himself with what I’ve accomplished on paper, he should worry about what I’ve learned from my past fights and camps and the fact that I scrutinize myself even in my victories.”