Beltran Loses The Battle At The Scale
And Then The Fight In The Ring
By Dave Wilcox
Photos: William Trillo
Temecula, CA. - The Pechanga Resort and Casino played
host for Friday Night Fights, as ESPNís Top Rank Boxing
came to town. In the main event, IBF Lightweight Champ,
Richard Commey of Ghana was set to defend his belt
against former champ, Ray Beltran of Phoenix, Az.
The day before, the 37 year old Beltran disappointed
many as he missed the limit of 135 pounds by tipping the
scales at 136 ĺ pounds. As a result, the title was no
longer on the line for Beltran and a hefty fine was in
order for the former title holder.
In the first round, the champion, Commey came out
quickly put the lethargic Beltran on the seat of his
pants. Beltran got up and a flurry of shots from Commey
ensued as it appeared the ropes saved Ray from going
down again. The referee stepped in to give the mandatory
eight count and it was ruled the second knockdown of the
The second round showed a slower pace with Commey still
in control. In the third, Ray Beltran had signs of life
and got himself back in the bout.
In the fourth it seemed that Beltran might make this a
fight until Commey caught fire in the last half of the
round and seized complete control yet again.
In the fifth round, Beltran was on the canvas again in
what appeared to be a slip, but it was ruled another
official knockdown for Commey.
As the sixth round started, it appeared the former
champ, Beltran was mathematically eliminated from
winning a decision without scoring at least a few
It just wasnít to be for Ray Beltran this night. In the
8th round, Commey landed a nice left hook that staggered
and Beltran down for the fourth and final time. Beltran
did get up but didnít respond to the refereeís
instructions sufficiently and the referee halted the
contest at .54 of the 8th round.
Winner and still IBF Lightweight Champion of the World,
Richard Commey improves to 29-2 with 26 KOs, while Ray
Beltran drops to 36-9-1 with 22 KOís.
In the co-main event the NABO and NABF titles were on
the line in a scheduled 10 round Super Welterweight
affair that matched Carlos Adames vs. Patrick Day.
It was a back and forth bout in which both guys proved
their worth as future contenders.
In the later rounds, it appeared Adames picked up the
pace and took over on the scorecards.
The final decision was unanimous as the judges scored it
97-93 twice and 98-91 for the winner by unanimous
decision, Carlos Adames.
Carlos Adames jumps his campaign to 18-0 with 14 KOs, as
Patrick Day lives to fight another day at 17-3-1 with 6
The hot Super Featherweight contender from Riverside,
CA. Saul Rodriguez was looking to showcase himself
against tough veteran, Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Los
Early in the first round, plans changed as Gonzalez
landed a sharp left hook that put the youngster
Rodriguez on the seat of his pants.
Things settled down in the second round, but in the
third round, lighting struck in the form of a vicious
and scary left hook to the chin of Saul Rodriguez that
put him down and out for good. He was out the minute
contact was made.
The official time was 1.23 of round three as Miguel
Angel Gonzalez comes away with a big upset win.
Gonzalez lifts his mark to 25-4 with 22 Kos as Rodriguez
goes back to the drawing board at 23-1-1 with 17 Kos
-Lightweights Elvis Rodriguez (2-0-1, 2KO) and Joaquin
Chavez (9-18-4, 2KO) fought to a technical draw as an
accidental head butt at 2.28 of round one forced the
referee to stop the bout.
-Christopher Zavala (5-0, 2K) beat Prisco Marquez
(4-1-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision in a 6 round Super
Featherweight bout with all three judges agreeing at
-Lightweights scheduled for 6: Raymond Muratalla (8-0, 6
KOs) beats Agustine Mauras (6-6-3, 3KOs) by TKO as
Mauras couldnít answer the bell for round #2.
-In Heavyweight action, undefeated prospect Junior FA
(18-0, 10 KOs) won a 10 round decision over veteran
Dominick Guinn (37-13-1, 26 KOs).