Beltran-Roach May Talk Retirement

After missing weight again for a world title fight and the amount of punishment taken in his TKO loss to Richard Commey, Freddie Roach is concerned for Ray Beltran.

Beltran would suffer a knockout loss for the first time since 2008 when Commey would drop him in the eighth round of their June 28th fight at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California.

The loss was so devastating that Beltran openly questioned if he should fight again, and Roach may be inclined to agree.

“I’m really worried about Ray a little bit because he took a lot of shots [Friday] night,” Roach said Saturday night.

“And, you know, I thought it was a good stoppage, to be honest with you. I’m a little bit leery about that right now, and we’re just gonna look to see how he looks. We’ll give him a couple weeks off and he’ll make a better decision in a couple weeks. Because right after a fight, it’s really hard to make a decision one way or the other. You know, so we’ll make a decision and I’ll see how he does. If he prevails and does well, we’ll go on. If not, we’ll retire.”

“He was fine,” Roach said of Beltran during the course of their training camp. “He was boxing well, and he had good sparring partners. Him and Manny Pacquiao were actually in the gym together.”

Beltran would hit the canvas twice in the first round, once in the fifth round, and for a final time in the eighth, when the referee would stop the fight when he had Beltran in the corner.

If the 38-year-old remains in the sport, it is unlikely that he’ll ever fight at 135 pounds again, admitting after failing to make weight to fight for the IBF title, that his body won’t allow him to make lightweight anymore.


Report: Boxing Scene

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