05/01/2015 Raymundo Beltran vs. Takahiro Ao

Date:   Friday, May 1, 2015


Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Promoter: Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Referee:  Tony Weeks

Judges:   Adalaide Byrd; Eric Cheek, Jerry Roth

Results:   Raymundo Beltrán lost the title on the scale. Beltran won over Takahiro Ao by technical knockout in the second round and, since the title was only online for Ao the title remained vacant.


Photo gallery: Raymundo Beltran misses weight, Takahiro Ao still eligible to win title


Credit:  Photos by:  Naoki Fukuda –

Raymundo Beltran (initially weighs in at 136 pounds, weighs in an hour later at 135.4. He is therefore ineligible to win the vacant WBO title) vs. Takahiro Ao (134.8)

Mikael Zewski (146.8) vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (146.6)

Jessie Magdaleno (123.8) vs. Raul Hirales (126)

Egor Mekhontsev (174.5) vs. Hakim Zoulikha (174)

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Boxing: Terence Crawford beats Ray Beltran to retain WBO lightweight crown


Crawford dominated for 12 rounds, switching to southpaw at times to land shots, and making Mexico’s Beltran miss before counterpunching effectively.

The American pushed for the knockout in the final round but Beltran managed to hang on and landed a few hooks to keep the champion at bay.

Undefeated Crawford, who relieved Scotland’s Ricky Burns of the WBO title in March, extended his record to 25 straight wins.

“I felt he was slowing down,” said American Crawford, who was fighting in front of his hometown crowd at the CenturyLink Center arena in Omaha, Nebraska. “I didn’t want to get careless. I just stuck with what was working.

“I saw his eyes swollen but I just stuck to the game plan.”

Crawford, who came into the ring almost 20 pounds heavier than at the weigh-in, wants to move on from the 135-pound division to 140 pounds.

“This is it for (lightweight division)” Crawford said. “I’ve been at 135 since I was 17. I am 27 now. It is time to move up.”

Crawford landed 243 punches compared to just 96 for Beltran and also had a big lead in total punches thrown, 436-162.

Despite all the punishment he was taking, Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) continued to plough forward and even had enough left in the tank to make it an entertaining 12th round.

“I prayed to God to give me the strength, but I forgot to pray to take it away from him,” Beltran said.

Russia’s Evgeny Gradovich kept his world title after fighting Jayson Velez to a draw in their featherweight fight on the undercard.

The three judges were deadlocked with one having Gradovich the winner 117-111 and another gave it to Velez 115-113. The third scored it even 114-114.

Both fighters remained unbeaten with Gradovich moving to 19-0-1, nine KOs and Velez on 22-0-1, 16 KOs.


(11/29/2014) Terence Crawford vs. Raymundo Beltran

Date:  Saturday, November 29, 2014


Location:  CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Promoter:   Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   John Duggan

Referee:  Mark Nelson

Judges:  Adelaide Byrd (119-109),  Bill Lerch (120-108), Cesar Ramos (119-109)

Results:   The WBO Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford retained the title with a unanimous decision over his contender Raymundo Beltran.

TV:   USA HBO     Hungary Sport 1

Ricky ready to set Raymundo record straight in rematch


RICKY BURNS has been granted his wish of a second world title battle with big-hitting Mexican Raymundo Beltran.

The WBO lightweight champion will meet Beltran for a second time in five months with his belt up for grabs in Glasgow early in February.

On September 7, the Scot had his jaw broken in the second round of their first meeting and was decked in the eighth on his way to a hotly-disputed and fortunate draw against the challenger in what was, nonetheless, one of the most courageous performances ever witnessed in a Scottish ring.

But, to his credit, and despite having had a titanium plate inserted in his jaw and offered a big-money match up in Madison Square Garden with US star Terence Crawford, Burns has remained true to his word Beltran would get a re-match.

Now the champ’s manager Alex Morrison has confirmed: “Eddie Hearn has reached an agreement with Beltran’s people for a rematch in Glasgow in February next year.

“Ricky made it clear from the moment the first fight between the two was over that he felt he owed Beltran a second chance and that speaks volumes for the type of man he is.

“After suffering the type of injury he did, many a fighter would be loath to go back in the ring, never mind face the same opponent again who had inflicted these injuries.

“But Ricky is the most honest man you will ever meet and he knows he must set the record straight in the second fight.

“Obviously, we had other options, but for Ricky the honourable thing to do was to give Beltran a second chance.

“He may have that, but I think this time Beltran will find out just how good Ricky is at his best.”

There are urgent areas of improvement required in his performance if he is not to be found impaled on Beltran’s left hook once more.

The champion’s professional career spans back to the night of his pro debut at the Kelvin Hall on October 20, 2001, against journeyman Woody Greenway on the undercard of Olympic champion Audley Harrison.

Since then, two kinks have remained in the Burns armour and that has been his tendency to remain rigidly upright with his jaw out and his failure to bring his right hand back to cover it after he has thrown a punch.

A brutally-honest big Alex admitted Burns will have to do better to prevail next time.

He said: “Ricky made mistakes in the first fight and learned some very painful lessons.

“But, come February, I have every confidence he will put a performance together which proves that point and puts Beltran to bed once and for all.”


Ricky Burns keen to set the record straight against Raymundo Beltran

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Scottish boxer Ricky Burns says he would be happy to give Raymundo Beltran a rematch once his broken jaw has had time to recover.

The WBO lightweight champion suffered the injury in last month’s controversial draw with the Mexican in Glasgow.

The challenger looked to have done enough to beat Burns when the pair met at the SECC arena in Glasgow and had the Coatbridge boxer on the floor in the eighth round.

However, the judges could not agree on the winner, allowing the 30-year-old home favourite to keep the belt via a split decision draw.

‘I think it’s only right to fight Raymundo again,’ said Burns. ‘I think it’s the fight the fans want to see.

My jaw is on the mend. It’s healing the way it should. I’ve been doing light training and hopefully I’ll be back boxing in five to six weeks.

‘The pain was unbelievable and the surgeon said it was stupidity. It’s just the way I am. If I’m in a fight, I’ll fight to the end.’

Burns admitted that he considered his future in the sport in the immediate aftermath of his injury, which was sustained in the second round of the September 7 contest.

‘I don’t know how I managed to get through it,’ he said. ‘The pain was unbelievable and the surgeon said it was stupidity. It’s just the way I am. If I’m in a fight, I’ll fight to the end.

‘I think people knew that wasn’t the real me in that ring. I was in survival mode from the second round.

‘I wouldn’t say it crossed my mind that I would never fight again but I was thinking ‘is the same thing going to reoccur?’’

A second fight with Beltran is not the only possibility for Burns, who is part of promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable.

Undefeated American Terence Crawford remains the WBO’s mandatory challenger, while a third option would be a unification fight. IBF champion Miguel Vazquez would be the likely opponent if Burns’ camp went down that route.

A planned meeting between Burns and Vazquez in London was cancelled at short notice in March, with the Mexican IBF champion citing a viral infection.


Afirman que Ricky Burns retornará


Ricky Burns regresó a casa luego de la intervención quirúrgica para reparar su mandíbula facturada que sostuvo ante Raymundo Beltrán por el título OMB de los ligeros, según el promotor del campeón, Eddie Hearn.


El boxeador de Coatbridge de 30 años, sufrió una fractura en el segundo ante el mexicano en el SECC en Glasgow pero a pesar de estar retrocediendo casi toda la pelea, pudo retener el título cuando los jueces vieron el combate como un empate.


Hearn subsecuentemente adujo que Burns, a quien le insertaron platinas de titanio en la quijada, enfrentará una batalla más difícil en tratar de recuperarse para volver a pelear.


El apoderado de Burns, Alex Morrison, insiste en que su pupilo volverá al ring. Esto comentó a STV: “Ricky esta algo adolorido pero no cabe duda que regresará a pelear. Tiene la visita de seguimiento en dos semanas y se espera que le tome alrededor de seis semanas para recuperarse. No me sorprendería de verlo en el gimnasio pronto para mantenerse en forma. Él está dispuesto a una revancha pero el equipo de Beltrán no está en posición para escoger, así que cualquier revancha será en Glasgow.”


Burns WILL return and offer Beltran a re-match despite fears broken jaw could see him retire after controversial title win in Glasgow


By:  Mike Dawes –

Ricky Burns will fight again despite breaking his jaw during the controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran on Saturday.

His promoter Eddie Hearn had said that the 30-year-old Scot’s future was in doubt and that he may never box again.

But Burns’ manager Alex Morrison is sure the WBO lightweight world champion will make a comeback.

‘Ricky will definitely fight again, one million per cent,’ Morrison told BBC Scotland.

‘I spoke to him this morning and he is definitely coming back, although when that will be, we don’t know.’

Many onlookers and pundits believe the 32-year-old Mexican Beltran had won the fight.

Burns had to have titanium plates inserted on to his jaw after suffering the injury in the second round, though he did continue through the full 12 rounds.


Painful: Eddie Hearn tweeted this picture of Ricky Burns with his swollen jaw in hospital

Morrisson also believes Burns owes Beltran another shot at the title, and even said Burns is keen for a rematch.

‘It’s the moral thing to do,’ he said. ‘Ricky wants to fight him again here in Scotland in front of another packed crowd.

‘But it will only take place here in Scotland. If Beltran wants a rematch, he’ll have to come here again.’

Earlier, Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn said that Burns may never fight again.

‘Everyone’s talking about his next move. I can’t even guarantee he’ll box again at the moment,’ Hearn told the BBC.

‘It was a horrific injury to suffer. There have been a few occasions when people have boxed on with broken jaws – I couldn’t imagine anything worse – but they are extraordinary people, fighters, and he found the bravery to carry on.

‘The doctor, who doesn’t know a lot about boxing, was quite astonished when I told him he had boxed for half an hour with a broken jaw.

‘He asked if he had taken any shots on it and I told him that was the understatement of the year.

‘When I spoke to Beltran last night, he said he could hear him almost crying in clinches where the heads were going in on the jaw – unpleasant stuff, but he’s on the mend.’




(09/7/2013) Ricky Burns vs. Raymundo Beltran

Date:  September 7, 2013

Title:  WBO Lightweight Championship

Location:  Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Promoter:  Matchroom Boxing/Eddie Hearn

Supervisor:  Dennis Gilmartin

Referee:  Phil Edwards

Judges:  Carlos Ortiz, Jr.  (115-112), Richard Davies (114-114) and Andre Van Grootenbruel  (113-115)

Results:  A 12-round split draw.  Burns suffered a broken jaw in the 2nd round.  Burns was knocked down in the 8th round.


Ricky Burns: Eddie Hearn backs boxer to be Scotland’s best ever


Promoter Eddie Hearn claims Ricky Burns can be regarded as the best Scottish boxer ever if he defends his WBO lightweight title for the fourth time.

Burns faces Mexican challenger Raymundo Beltran on Saturday in Glasgow.

“The run of fights he’s had and the string of defences puts him up there as the greatest Scottish fighter of all time,” said Hearn.

Ricky Burns

  • 38 fights, 36 wins (11 knock-outs), two losses
  • WBO lightweight champion (2012 – two defences)
  • WBO super featherweight champion (2009 – three defences)

“He doesn’t believe his own hype, which is great as a fighter. But he’s got to remember he’s a huge, huge talent.”

There are two Scots already in the International Boxing Hall of Fame – Benny Lynch and Ken Buchanan.

Benny Lynch

  • 119 fights, 88 wins (34 knock-outs, 14 losses)
  • NBA world flyweight champion (1935 – one defence)

Ken Buchanan

  • 69 fights, 61 wins (27 knock-outs), eight losses
  • WBA lightweight champion (1970 – three defences)
  • WBC lightweight champion (1971)

And Hearn knows Burns will always play down his chances of being considered better than those fighters.

“He laughed at that because that’s what he’s like,” said Hearn. “I just believe that Ricky is a two-weight world champion.

“He carries the hope of a nation behind him, so he should be proud and the country should be proud of Ricky Burns.”

Burns’s bout with 32-year-old Beltran, a former sparring partner of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, comes after the Coatbridge boxer’s wife, Amanda, gave birth to their first child at the end of August.

But the 30-year-old insists the new arrival has not brought any distractions to his preparations.

“Things have been going along as normal,” said Burns. “Throughout the pregnancy, there’s been no complications, Amanda’s been great.

“Now the baby and that are home, I’ve been able to focus fully on the fight.”

Burns reckons it will be “a cracking fight” against Beltran.

“The fans are in for a real treat here,” added the Scot. “He comes to fight, I won’t need to go looking for him.

“We’ve trained for a hard 12 rounds because I believe this fight’s going to go the distance.

“I’m hoping to go out and get the win and then go for the big fights that Eddie was talking about.”



Burns ready to get over ‘worst round’ of his career in title defence against Beltran


By Declan Warrington –

Ricky Burns believes that his last fight, against Jose Gonzalez, produced the ‘worst round’ of his career but insists that he will be fully prepared for Raymundo Beltran in the knowledge that he is unlikely to resist a brawl.

The WBO lightweight champion was in many ways fortunate to survive what was a difficult title defence against Gonzalez in May when the challenger retired after the ninth round with a wrist injury.

Burns is adamant, however, that he has learnt from that experience and will therefore not allow himself to become impatient or to repeat the same mistakes.


Fully prepared: Ricky Burns insists he will not be slipping up against Raymundo Beltran


‘I think when I watched that fight back, from the second round onwards you could see I was getting picked off and I was trying to force the fight. I was lunging in,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘I was getting caught with punches I shouldn’t of, which I shouldn’t have been doing. It’s alright saying it now that I’ve watched it back, but when you are in there, that’s when I should have clicked.

‘I enjoy the occasion, especially fighting in Glasgow it’s fantastic.

article-2410111-1B99977C000005DC-618_634x492Talented: The Scot also says he will be putting the ‘worst round’ of his career behind him


‘(But) that last fight, the seventh round, I think that was the worst round in my whole boxing career. It’s the only time I have noticed the fans lift the roof off the place.

‘That’s the first time I paid attention to it.’

Saturday’s fight at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre is Burns’ fourth defence of his world title, while his Mexican opponent fights at world-level for the first time. Beltran has spoken of his hunger and determination to beat the Scot but Burns is the classier fighter and says he has concentrated on the fundamentals in order to be fully prepared.


Close relationship: Burns is fighting for the second time since teaming up with Eddie Hearn

article-2410111-1B96143E000005DC-110_634x397Determined opponent: Mexico’s Raymundo Beltran is fighting for a world title for the first time


‘We went back to basics a bit for this fight, we went back to boxing, but knowing me there is always a time when I’m going to be dragged into a fight,’ he said.

‘I don’t know what way I’m going to take this guy on Saturday night, one round at a time, but if it’s going to be toe-to-toe for 12 rounds, then I’m up for that.’

Over the course of 34 fights, Beltran has lost six and won 28.

Burns has suffered only two defeats in 38, the last of those against Carl Johanneson in 2007.


Burns Prepared To Dig Deep, Battle Back With Beltran


WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns insists there is no chance of fatherhood turning him soft.

The 30-year-old’s wife Amanda gave birth to an as yet unnamed baby boy last week amid his preparations for the fourth defence of his title against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Before Tuesday’s press conference at the Fighting Scots Gym in Mossend, Lanarkshire, promoter Eddie Hearn joked that he had warned Burns not to let the emotions of fatherhood affect his mindset against the Mexican.

When asked if that was a possibility, the Coatbridge fighter said: “No, not at all. Boxing is my job, that is the way I look at it.

“Come Saturday night I know what I need to go out and do.

“First I need to win and then put on good performance, better than the last one.

“The last two or three months has been a nightmare.

“Moving house with the baby on its way, while trying to train for this fight.

“Amanda went into labour four o’clock on the Monday morning and didn’t have the baby until the Thursday morning, so she was in a while.

“It was just a nightmare but it is all done now so all my focus is on Saturday night.”

Burns’ desire to “do better than the last one” was a reference to his fight against Jose Gonzalez in May.

The impressive Puerto Rican challenger was ahead on points at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow but retired at the end of the ninth round with a damaged left hand.

“You are not always going to get it your own way in fights,” said Burns.

“But a champion shows that he can dig in and that’s what I done and got the win, which is the most important thing.

“Gonzalez was very good. At one point I felt my leg going a bit and that’s when he pounced on me, had me on the ropes and was unloading on me.

“But I came back with own punches. It is not in me to give in.

“I have always said that if I am going out I will go out swinging and when I caught him in the seventh that’s when the crowd took the roof off.

“But you learn from those fights. With Beltran, I don’t think I will have to go looking for him.

“He hasn’t come over here for nothing and he has not been one of the chief sparring partners of Manny Pacquiao for nothing.

“I know I am going to have to bring my A-game.

“He likes to get involved in a bit of a war but that doesn’t bother me.

“There will be times when In have to dig deep and stand my ground.

“Hopefully I will keep to my boxing but we will wait and see.”


Burns ready to shine in WBO title defence


Coatbridge fighter ‘firing on all cylinders’ for Beltrán clash

By:  Ben Cohen –

Ricky Burns has warned challenger Raymundo Beltrán that he will be at his best when he defends his WBO lightweight title at the Glasgow’s SECC in September.

Beltrán will be Burns’s fourth defence of his crown and, after surviving a stern test against José González in May, the Coatbridge star is planning to put on a world class performance to prove the doubters wrong.

Burns said: “I’ve watched the fight back a few times, I saw that I was trying to force the pace and I was getting caught with stupid punches that I shouldn’t have been taking.

“For this training camp we’ve gone back to basics and although I’m prepared to get into a brawl against Beltran if I need to, I’m going to try to stick to my boxing skills. Preparation has been going great and with five weeks to go I cannot wait to get in there.”

Mexican 32-year-old Beltrán enters the fight on the back of three wins and Burns knows he needs to dispose Freddy Roach’s charge in style ahead of any talk of a unification clash in the USA.

“I am expecting a very tough fight,” Burns added.

“He’s got a few losses on his CV, but they are against top level opponents so we know what to expect, and he has not been a sparring partner to Manny Pacquiao for all these years for nothing. I’ve seen him fight before but since the fight was announced I haven’t watched anything of him, I’m just going to go out and stick to what I do best to get the win and then look at the big unification fights out there.

“I still have to go out and put in a good performance against Beltrán to make them happen. I keep telling everybody that even though it’s been mentioned that I might fight in America at the start of next year, I am not looking at that, I know I have to take it one fight at a time. Raymundo is a great fighter, boxing fans know that and it’s going to be a great fight and the fans in the SECC in Glasgow are going to have a great night, and I’ll be putting in the type of performance that I should’ve done last time.”

The Burns versus Beltrán clash tops another excellent boxing card in Glasgow, with Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell boxing for the second time as a pro, joined by John Simpson, Stephen Simmons, and David Brophy, who all fought on the undercard ahead of Burns’s last fight in May.



Ricky Burns: I Will Step Up a Gear With Ray Beltran


Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight World title against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC in Glasgow on September 7, live on Sky Sports.

The Scotsman makes the fourth defence of his title against the highly rated Mexican after coming through a tough test against José González in May in Glasgow, with the Puerto Rican rattling the champion before Burns held onto his title after González retired ahead of the tenth round.

The 30 year old Coatbridge ace returned from an eight month absence from the ring to battle past González and is adamant he will turn on the style against Beltran.

“It’s great to be back out again in Glasgow and against another tough opponent,” said Burns. “It was a tricky night against José but I got myself through it like a true champion does and I will be looking to step up a gear against Beltran, who I know will be coming to Scotland full of confidence, so it should be another great night in Glasgow.

“Raymundo is coming over to cause an upset and take the title – and it’s a chance he has earned. But there will be no mistakes from me on the night and you’ll see the best of me in there.”

Beltran, 31, enters the fight on the back of three straight wins and is ready to grasp his first World title shot with both hands.

“I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” said Beltran. “I have been on the wrong side of some close decisions but I have never quit on myself or my goal to be World champion.

“I will prepare for a long night and a hard fight. He is the champion so he won’t give it to me I have to take it from him. I am not flying across the ocean to just show up. He’s going to know that he’s in a war and he’s going to know this was no tune up or stay busy fight for him. I have never fought easy fights. Whatever it takes to win – knock out, points, it will be a definitive for me so no one can question that I deserve to be the champion. He has had his time and I respect him now but the night of the fight he will get none until it’s over. Then its two warriors who have respect again. But he’s in for 12 rounds or less with me giving my all.

“This is for my family, my kids, so I can give them a good future. I’m taking them into the ring with me in my heart. You know it’s hard to explain but I’m excited to be here and now that I am here I am not going to just take it for granted. It’s too important. It proves that of you never give up your time will come. Sooner or later it will come. Then it’s up to you.

“Ricky Burns will no longer be the champion when he wakes up on Sept 8th because I’m taking his belt the night before.”

“Ray Beltran is the Mexican buzzsaw who is always in the kind of action fight that fans like to see. Beltran will fight in a real entertaining battle against Ricky Burns. British boxing fans are in for a real treat,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank.

“This has always been a fight that stylistically makes sense,” said show promoter Eddie Hearn. “Beltran is a hugely entertaining and tough opponent who is on a hot run and ranked impressively across the governing bodies. Fans can expect a great main event and a deep card as Ricky continues his journey in the 135 pound division.”

Hearn revealed the early undercard at a press conference today in Glasgow, and said Scottish fans can expect a great night of action with John Simpson, Stephen Simmons, Scotty Cardle and David Brophy all fighting and more names to be announced soon.