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  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 first round.

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 knockdowns.

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.

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 KOs

Remaining Undercard

The hot Super Featherweight contender from Riverside, CA. Saul Rodriguez was looking to showcase himself against tough veteran, Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Los Mochis, Mexico.

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

Other action


-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 60-54.

-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).

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