Beltran Loses Even If He Wins
Richard Commey WAS set to defend his IBF lightweight title on Friday night, but Ray Beltran missed out on the scale, costing him a chance to become a two time world champion.
While Beltran refused a second weigh-in, the two will still square off in Temecula, California, for a Top Rank On ESPN card, marking Commey’s first fight since winning the title against Isa Chaniev in February.
Commey was all but set for a unification fight with Vasyl Lomachenko after the emphatic second round win over Chaniev, but due to an injury Commey suffered in the win, both fighters would retreat to their corners and Lomachenko would fight Anthony Crolla instead in April.
For Beltran, this would have been his fifth shot at a world title, losing to Ricky Burns in 2013, a 2014 loss to a younger Terence Crawford, having a second round TKO over Takahiro Ao mean nothing after missing weight and failing a drug test, making the win null and void.
In his fourth attempt to put gold around his waist, he’d win the WBO title in February 2018, earning the title in a decision win over Paulus Moses.
The victory would be short lived, as in August of 2016, Beltran would lose to Jose Pedraza by decision, sending him crashing back to earth.
Now, with another opportunity to earn a title at 135 pounds slipping through his fingers, one would have to wonder what is next for Beltran with either a win or a loss.
A win could set up an immediate rematch for the title at 135, but Beltran would need to ensure he comes through not only against the boxer, but against the scale.
A loss would put the 38-year-old in a bit of a crossroads, unable to win a title at his chosen weight class due to tough opponents and poor preparation.
For Commey, a win gets him one step closer to Lomachenko, who now is further away due to a battle with Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC lightweight title, which is alleged to be going down in August in the United Kingdom.
Commey-Beltran headline a Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 10 pm et.