Beltran Devastated By Commey

Richard Commey would keep the IBF Lightweight Championship win or lose after his fight with Ray Beltran, thanks to Beltran missing weight. But the fight still counted as a title defense and Commey made the most of it, dropping Beltran four times in their bout en route to scoring a TKO.

The fight headlined a June 28 Top Rank Boxing card at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

Commey caught Beltran with a right hand just over a minute into the bout, and while Beltran made it to his feet, he still struggled to shake off the cobwebs. About 25 seconds later, Commey overwhelmed Beltran with a flurry on the ropes that the referee forced an eight count. Commey nearly finished Beltran but his pace slowed, and Beltran managed to land a couple of decent shots of his own to wrap up a wild first round.

Commey’s work remained sloppy at times, as Beltran worked over the body in the third round and landed a hard left hook in the next round. Commey, however, shook off the hook and answered with a right.

Commey dropped Beltran for a third time in the fifth round and nearly finished the intended challenger off again before he was saved by the bell.

While the pace slowed significantly in the seventh round, Beltran was dropped once more in the eighth round, and while he made it to his feet, the referee had seen enough and waved off the bout.

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