In what was thought to be a competitive matchup on paper, Raymundo Beltran (36-9-1, 22 KOs) was dominated by Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KOs).
The contest took place on June 28, 2019 at the Pechanga Resort and casino in Temecula, California.
Beltran lost the fight before the fight as he failed to make weight. He came in 1.8 pounds over the 135 pound limit. He was ineligible to win the IBF Lightweight title held by Commey because of this. Still, a win or at the very least, a competitive loss would have kept the now 38 year old in serious title contention.
Commey came out the gate fast. He floored his man twice in the opening round. Like the true warrior that he is, Beltran managed to make it back to his feet.
As the fight continued it turned into a boxing match, one that Commey was getting the better of. In the 5th round, Beltran once again hit the deck. As we have grown accustomed to seeing in the career of Beltran he fought on.
The eighth round was quite possibly the best for Commey as he landed a left hook which resulted in Beltran landing flat on his back. Some how he managed to make it back to his feet but looked unsteady. The referee waved off the contest as there was no point in continuing the punishment.
This win now places Commey in line to take on the undefeated and hard hitting Teofimo Lopez. As for Beltran, there are now many questions about his future.
He has lost two of his past three contest. At age 38 it seems as though his career is coming to a close. Beltran admitted that his future is murky at best.
“I’m going to get together with my team and figure out what’s next. If I fight on, I will move up to 140 pounds,” said Beltran after the fight.