Raymundo Beltran already had three shots at a world title.
He got ripped off in 2013 with a split decision draw against Ricky Burns.
He put Burns on the canvas and broke his jaw. But Burns is Scottish; they fought in Scotland…you do the math.
Beltran lost a unanimous decision to Terrance Crawford in 2014, but that’s pretty much the best anyone can do against Crawford.
Beltran’s next try ended on the scales when he couldn’t make weight. But worse, his post-fight blood test came back positive for steroids and he was suspended.
Returning from his forced vacation Ray stitched together five wins (four by knockout) to get another crack at the vacant WBO World Lightweight title.
Standing across the ring was Paulus Moses.
Beltran came out fast and took control, landing to head and body with both hands.
Moses is a smaller man, but tougher than stale jerky. He opened a cut over Beltran’s left eye, and he tried to use a stiff jab to create distance but Beltran powered through them.
At the top of Round 5, Moses got caught with an overhand right that rocked him back to the ropes…Beltran followed.
Moses got his feet back under him, and landed an uppercut that nearly sent Beltran to the floor.
Moses landed a solid right that wobbled Beltran early in the 9th, but Beltran remained dominant in a close fight that went the distance.
Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) took a unanimous decision victory and finally walked away with the world title belt.
Everything was going great for undefeated Danny Garcia. After unifying Junior Welterweight world titles he moved up a division and won a Welterweight world title.
Then he lost the belt on a split decision in his first defense.
Garcia took an 11 month layoff to get his head right.
Brandon Rios’ retirement lasted a year and a half.
He then rededicated himself to the sport and had one fight (win by KO) in 2017.
Rios and Garcia laced them up last Saturday.
It was mostly a slow simmer start, but Garcia landed some crisp combinations in the opening frame.
Rios was pushing forward and letting the leather fly, but he wasn’t sitting down on his punches. Garcia was landing the cleaner, harder shots and kept finding a place for his right hand…Rios’ face.
Garcia clipped him hard enough in Rounds 4 and 5 to loosen Rios’ knees.
It ended in the 9th when Garcia stepped in with a lazy left that he let linger. Garcia fired that right, over the top, and it literally laid Rios’ head 90 degrees to the side before he toppled to the canvas.
Rios was up in time, but he still had birdies flying in tight circles over his head.
When the ref asked him to step forward, he tripped and the ref called a halt to the contest.
Good call ref.
Danny Garcia is definitely back; and improves his campaign to 34 wins against one loss, with 20 victories coming by way of knockout.
Bash Boxing and Lights Out Promotions put together a fine card of young boxers for “Valley Fight Night” at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City on February 16.
It was nonstop action in the ring, and by the end of the evening the fans had been treated to four technical knockout (TKO) victories, and two wins by knockout (KO).
You’ll have another chance to view the sweet science here, in your own backyard on Friday, April 20 when Valley Fight Night comes to the Burbank Marriot Events Center.
Visit BashBoxing.com for details.
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