The postponed clash between two-time world champion Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre will now take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center – Grand Ballroom on July 2.

Originally scheduled for June 18, the bout was cancelled after LesPierre’s manager tested positive for Covid-19.

Promoters Top Rank have also announced the return of 140lbs contender Alex Saucedo (29-1, 19 KOs) against Sonny Fredrickson (21-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, on June 30. 

Former U.S. amateur star Javier Martinez will make his professional debut at middleweight on the undercard against an opponent to be confirmed.

“Mikkel and Jose deserve this opportunity and I commend both camps for agreeing to reschedule this fight on short notice,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Alex Saucedo is destined to be a world champion, but he has an incredibly tall task in Sonny Fredrickson. We have another great week in store at MGM Grand.”

Saucedo added: “I have gotten a lot of quality sparring during the last few months and I believe that’s going to show on June 30. We have done 130 rounds in this camp sparring three times a week. We were able to get some taller guys to prepare for what Sonny brings to the table. I’ve worked on the things I need to win this fight. I’m still the same aggressive fighter, but we put a lot more movement in there. I’ve gone back to basics.”

On the July 2 card, super-lightweight Pedraza (26-3, 13 KOs) will be looking to reignite his pursuit of a third world title in as many divisions, having already won belts at 130lbs and 135lbs.

“I didn’t want to wait around for this fight, so I’m glad we got the deal done,” said Pedraza. “My march toward a junior welterweight world title continues July 2 in Las Vegas.”
 
LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 KOs) added: “I want to thank Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment for making this fight happen through the trials and tribulations. I’m honoured to be the main event on July 2 and I am ready to showcase my talent to the world and prove my world championship calibre.”

On the undercard, Cuban maestro Robeisy Ramirez (3-1, 3 KOs) will seek revenge against Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at featherweight.

Gonzales shocked the boxing world last August when he spoiled double Olympic gold medallist Ramirez’s pro debut with a four-round split decision victory. Ramirez has since scored three knockout wins.