Youth was no match for experience at The Theater inside Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas on Saturday as former two-weight world champion – Jose “Sniper” Pedraza barreled his way into the junior welterweight world title picture with an eighth-round stoppage over the previously undefeated Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez.

Rodriguez [21-1, 14 KOs] left eye swelled up early, and following the eighth round, he told his corner he could no longer see out of the injured eye.

Pedraza [29-3, 14 KOs] has now won three straight bouts since losing his junior welterweight debut to Jose Zepeda. At the time of the stoppage, he held a 77-75 lead on all three judges’ cards.

Jose Pedraza noted in his post fight interview that it was his experience that made the difference on fight night:

“My experience was too much for him. I was hungrier than him, and he was just another obstacle in my journey to become a three-division world champion. That is my goal.

“I want all the big names at 140 pounds. With this performance, I sent a message to those big names. The ‘Sniper’ is on the hunt. I want to make history for Puerto Rico.

“As the fight went on, I could see him weakening, and I took advantage.”