Former world champion Ray Beltran returns to the ring on July 16 for what is going to probably be the final run in a protracted and spectacular profession.
Ray turned professional in the summertime of 1999, 21 years in the past, and has confronted a few of boxing’s greatest in and round 135-pounds, together with 4 journeys to the plate for world title photographs.
With Continental Americas, NABO, NABA, NABF and Fedalatin titles already in his trophy case, Beltran acquired his first world title shot in September of 2013, when he travelled to Glasgow, Scotland to tackle champion Ricky Burns. The bout was a disputed draw with the champion retaining his title.
Two fights later, the well-schooled boxer/puncher, bought his 2nd title shot in November of 2014, but it surely was no simple project in P4P star Terence Crawford, within the champ’s yard in Omaha, Nebraska. Beltran would impress going the space however lose on the playing cards.
In his very subsequent struggle, in Might of 2015, Beltran would get a shot on the vacant WBO world light-weight title in opposition to Japan’s Takahiro Ao. However weight points solely allowed Ao to problem for the belt despite the fact that Beltran stopped him in 2 rounds.
After that bout, over the following couple of years, Beltran would string collectively 5 spectacular wins earlier than taking his subsequent title shot in October of 2018. Beltran would journey to Reno, Nevada and win a 12-round choice over Moses Paulus to say the WBO world light-weight title.
After 4 title photographs, over 18 years and 42 fights, Ray Beltran may lastly name himself a world champion.
Beltran would lose the title 6 months later in his 1st title protection in opposition to slick boxer, Jose Pedraza in Arizona.
Nonetheless, he would bounce proper again in February of 2019 to cease undefeated, 19-0, Hiroki Okada in California.
The spectacular win earned Beltran a shot at light-weight champion Richard Commey and his IBF world
light-weight title, however the former champion could be stopped within the eighth spherical.
Now, as a result of pandemic and different delays, Beltran has been out of the ring for two years however returns July sixteenth. With 47 fights, 21 years, and turning age 40 every week after his upcoming bout, one can safely assume that is his last run in boxing.
MaxBoxing caught up with the previous world champion to get his ideas on his profession, previous and current, and what he has left to do within the sport.
Invoice Tibbs: Hello Ray, thanks for taking a minute to talk.
Ray Beltran: Hey, no drawback. Thanks.
BT: You’ve had an important profession with lots of huge fights, some huge wins, a world title. You’re returning after an virtually 2-year layoff. How are you feeling proper now?
RB: I really feel actually good. There are at all times individuals which might be going to say, ‘You might have been out for a very long time, you’re near 40’, simply being adverse, . However I understand how I really feel, I understand how my physique feels and I understand how I really feel within the fitness center. I really feel good and am wanting ahead to getting again within the ring.
BT: You might have had some nice world title fights in your profession. What do you bear in mind about your 1st with Ricky Burns in Scotland in 2013?
RB: Effectively, I believe they thought that I wouldn’t do in addition to I did. Most individuals thought I’d go there, get beat and it could be Burns who would look nice that evening. However, I believe I stunned everybody with how nicely I did and despite the fact that it was a draw, it was like a win for me as a result of I virtually bought as a lot consideration from my good efficiency as if I’d received. We at all times tried to get one other huge struggle over there with him, however they didn’t need any a part of me.
BT: You actually didn’t earn a straightforward one, a bit of over a 12 months later, in your 2nd shot in opposition to Terence Crawford, and in his hometown.
RB: It was a troublesome struggle, however I like that. I believe in life if in case you have tough issues to face, and everyone does, you may give up and quit or you may face your fears. I prefer to face my fears head on. Crawford was a troublesome struggle, but it surely went the space and was a superb struggle. He’s very robust, I at all times knew that, however he isn’t simply robust, he’s very gifted. He’s a tough man to struggle. He’s a really gifted boxer.
BT: In Might of 2015, you get your third title shot however weight points don’t mean you can compete for the title, despite the fact that you stopped him.
RB: Sure, I used to be killing myself to make weight. I actually felt just like the champion after as a result of I beat him.
BT: You set some wins collectively to earn a 4th title shot and this time you get the win in Reno in early 2018. How did you are feeling after lastly with the ability to name your self ‘world champion’ in any case that point?
RB: The humorous factor is, after the struggle, I felt a bit of upset or perhaps that isn’t the correct world? Like I already felt just like the champion already due to the Burns struggle and the win over the Japanese man. I felt like I used to be already the champion, I used to be simply choosing up my belt now, however I used to be already the champion. It wasn’t as huge a deal to me because it may need been as a result of I felt like I used to be already the champion earlier than I truly bought the belt. I felt like I used to be a champion, that’s how I noticed myself.
BT: You misplaced in your first title protection in opposition to Jose Pedraza, a slick boxer, not a straightforward struggle.
RB: I’m by no means a type of guys who makes excuses, however the fact is there was lots occurring behind the scenes. In that struggle, my left hand was gone, I may barely decide something up with it. I had cortisone photographs in it to attempt to assist however I actually didn’t have using my left hand. No one is aware of that as a result of it simply feels like I’m making an excuse, however I had damage that hand prior to now and damage it once more earlier than the Pedraza struggle.
BT: So, at that time many individuals could have thought, ‘Effectively, he received his title, it’s most likely over for him now’. However, you come again and KO an undefeated fighter 6 months later to place your self again in one other great place for a giant struggle.
RB: Sure, it was a superb win and I felt good and that bought me the title shot at (Richard) Commey. I believe the stoppage there was extra of a political factor, they needed him to finish up with that title. Take nothing away from Commey, however different guys on the cardboard had been damage worse than me they usually didn’t cease their fights they usually cease mine. However, Commey is a superb fighter, take nothing away from him. However, I used to be approaching in that struggle, I used to be getting his consideration.
BT: You might have fought a few of the greatest, received a phrase title, however you’re getting up in age for a boxer. What are your targets on this last run?
RB: I wish to struggle for a world title once more. I wish to show it myself, not others, however show issues to myself. Age is simply a quantity, and I’m the one who is aware of how I really feel. I’m the one who is aware of how I really feel within the fitness center. I really like the game and so long as I really feel good, I can preserve going.
BT: What would you love to do after your boxing profession is over?
RB: I wish to get into the development enterprise, that’s what I plan to do. I don’t suppose I’d practice fighters. I may be concerned in boxing in different areas, however I don’t suppose I’d be a coach.
BT: Ray, you might have had an important profession and I’ve loved following your profession. Better of luck in your upcoming bout and thanks once more for the chat.
RB: Thanks, I actually recognize that.
*Particular thanks to longtime Beltran supervisor Steve Feder.