Big Baby vs. Duhaupus confirmed

It was confirmed Sunday that undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing former world title challenger Johann “The Reptile” Duhaupus (37-4-0, 24 KOs), of Abbeville, France, over 12-rounds in a WBA world heavyweight title eliminator on April 28 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

“Nothing makes me more gratified and blessed to do what I love best and that’s to get back in the ring and continue to solidify my place as the next heavyweight champion of the world,” proclaimed Miller. “This fight on April 28th is just the next step to being recognized as the best in the world and a training ground for Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Thank you HBO, Eddie Hearn & Dmitry Salita for this amazing opportunity. Big Baby Miller and Big Baby Promotions is here!”

Said Duhaupus, “A top heavyweight does not have to be heavy or light, fat or slim – a Heavyweight just needs to be strong. I will show on April 28 that I am strong enough to beat Jarrell Miller.”

It was confirmed Sunday that undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing former world title challenger Johann “The Reptile” Duhaupus (37-4-0, 24 KOs),…
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Maryland Promoter Scott Wagner Passes

By Gary “Digital” Williams

It has been a very sad weekend in the Beltway Boxing Community because we learned that one of the premier promoters in the area — Scott Wagner — passed away late Friday, February 16th at the age of 49. No official word has been given on the cause of death.

Mr. Wagner was the driving force behind one of the most successful promotions not only in the Beltway, but around the country — Ballroom Boxing. The promotion was located in the catering hall the family owned — Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD — and it became the home for some of the best club show bouts in one of the best atmospheres in the area from 1995-2010. Continue reading “Maryland Promoter Scott Wagner Passes”

By Gary “Digital” Williams It has been a very sad weekend in the Beltway Boxing Community because we learned that one of the premier promoters in the area — Scott…
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WBC champ Benavidez dominates Gavril in rematch

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KOs) in their rematch on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Benavidez boxed behind the jab as Gavril pressed. A right uppercut followed by a left hook staggered Gavril in round four and Benavidez stayed on top of him. Benavidez continued his dominance of Gavril picking him apart with body shots and following upstairs busting his nose. In the championship rounds, Gavril rallied some, but it was too little, too late as Benavidez kept his distance and fought conservatively in route a clearcut decision. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, and 119-109. Continue reading “WBC champ Benavidez dominates Gavril in rematch”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KOs) in their…
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WBSS: Groves-Eubank Aftermath

WBA super middleweight champion George Groves was taken to the hospital to get an examination of a suspected dislocated shoulder which he fought with over the last rounds of his successful title defense against Chris Eubank Jr. on Saturday night. “My shoulder feels pretty sore but I wasn’t going to let anything beat me tonight.” Groves will next face the winner of the other WBSS semi-final between Callum Smith and Jurgen Brahmer next Saturday in Germany.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

“The better man won on the night,” said Groves. “Credit to Junior for getting through 12 rounds, I didn’t think he would. Chris didn’t lie when he said he was going to grit it out. That was a terrific fight for the fans.”

Eubank stated, “I couldn’t see out of my right eye for most of the fight but a cut’s a cut and you have to deal with it. George has got the heart of a true champion and did what he had to do. I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win it. But hopefully, we’ll get the rematch on.”

WBA super middleweight champion George Groves was taken to the hospital to get an examination of a suspected dislocated shoulder which he fought with over the last rounds of his…
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Garcia TKOs Rios in ninth

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) scored a ninth round knockout over former world champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) in a WBC welterweight eliminator Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Feeling each other out in the early rounds Garcia boxed as Rios stalked. Garcia began to let his hands loose in round three as Rios continued to press. Closing the fifth round Rios and Garcia had a good exchange as both had some words after the bell. Rios roughed up Garcia on the inside as he backed him to the ropes continuously.

Garcia was sticking and moving past the halfway point landing flush as Rios continued to stalk. In round eight Garcia had a good round jabbing and countering but in the ninth round Garcia landed fully extended flush right hand as Rios hit the canvas and got up staggered referee Kenny Bayless waved off the bout at 2:25. Continue reading “Garcia TKOs Rios in ninth”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Former world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) scored a ninth round knockout over former world champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios…
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Garcia-Rios Post-Fight Presser Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Fresh off his knockout victory, Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) talked about his win over former world champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) at the post fight press conference Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“It was a tough fight. I knew Brandon would come to fight. It was a good fight till it ended. Me and my dad had our plan. I knew he was going to stand in front of me. He worked good on the inside we stayed composed and followed the game plan.” Continue reading “Garcia-Rios Post-Fight Presser Quotes”

By Miguel Maravilla Fresh off his knockout victory, Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) talked about his win over former world champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) at…
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Muciño dethrones Alarcon for WBO title

Photos: Zanfer


Female star Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (26-3-2, 10 KOs) dethroned WBO flyweight champion Monserrat Raya Alarcon (11-4-2, 1 KOs) by ten round majority decision on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Usos Múltiples UdeG, Guadalajara, Mexico. Scores were 98-92, 99-91 and 95-95. For new WBO champ Muciño, it was a historic win as she has previously held the WBA, WBC and IBF world flyweight titles, so now she’s one of the few fighters who has a belt from each of the major sanctioning bodies.

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Photos: Zanfer Female star Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (26-3-2, 10 KOs) dethroned WBO flyweight champion Monserrat Raya Alarcon (11-4-2, 1 KOs) by ten round majority decision on Saturday night at the…
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Barby beats Bouvier in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez


WBC bantamweight champion Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez successfully defended against the former champ Carolina Bouvier before more than 6,000 fans at the legendary Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. After the ten exciting rounds scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 98-92 for Juarez. Continue reading “Barby beats Bouvier in Mexico City”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez WBC bantamweight champion Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez successfully defended against the former champ Carolina Bouvier before more than 6,000 fans at…
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Feigenbutz wins on controversial stoppage

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg was most unfortunate to lose on a sixth stoppage against Vincent Feigenbutz from Germany in a challenge for the IBF Intercontinental super-middleweight title, when the referee controversially called the fight off in Ludwigsburg, Germany on Saturday night.

Liebenberg (18-6-2, 12 KOs) dominated from the opening bell boxing from behind his left jab to score with combinations and uppercuts throughout. The 22-year-old Feigenbutz (28-0, 25 KOs) was never in the fight and only scored with sporadic punches in most of the rounds. Continue reading “Feigenbutz wins on controversial stoppage”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg was most unfortunate to lose on a sixth stoppage against Vincent Feigenbutz from Germany in a challenge for the IBF Intercontinental super-middleweight title,…
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Unbeaten Matias clobbers Prescott

By Robert Coster
Photos: Fernando Gaztambide


Boxing returned to Puerto Rico with an attractive card presented by Fresh Promotions. Hard-punching jr welterweight prospect Subriel Matias (9-0, 9 KOs) dominated Colombian visitor Daulis Prescott (31-7, 23 KOs), a former title contender, knocking him down twice in round 2 and once more in the third round, prompting a stoppage by the referee. Continue reading “Unbeaten Matias clobbers Prescott”

By Robert Coster Photos: Fernando Gaztambide Boxing returned to Puerto Rico with an attractive card presented by Fresh Promotions. Hard-punching jr welterweight prospect Subriel Matias (9-0, 9 KOs) dominated Colombian…
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Jennifer Han wins close decision over Liz Crespo

By David Finger at ringside

In the final fight of the night in El Paso, Texas, local hero Jennifer Han survived one of the toughest fights of her career, winning a grueling unanimous decision over rugged Bolivian Liz Crespo in an IBF featherweight title fight. Han boxed beautifully in the opening rounds but by round three the relentless pressure from Crespo clearly began to pay dividends as the local champion struggled to keep the brawler at bey. Han was clearly bothered by a cut in round four and seemed unable to establish her chief weapon: the jab. But Han started to find her rhythm again in round seven, winning the round by establishing her distance. Crespo came back strong in round nine and going into the final round it looked like anyone’s fight. But Han dug deep to outwork Crespo in the final round, winning a close unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 and 96-94 (twice). Fightnews also had Han winning by a score of 96-94. With the win, Han improved to 17-3-1, 1 KO while Crespo slips to 12-4, 3 KOs.

By David Finger at ringside In the final fight of the night in El Paso, Texas, local hero Jennifer Han survived one of the toughest fights of her career, winning…
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Velasco KOs Williams

By David Finger at ringside

In a walk-out bout after the Devon Alexander-Victor Ortiz brawl at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, the career of one time promising 175-pound contender Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. is in shambles after he was upset by little known Mexican prospect Humberto Velasco of Mexico. At first, it looked like Williams wouldn’t be seriously threatened by the Mexican, dropping him with a picture perfect counterpunch in the closing seconds of the opening round. But Velasco would come back in round two with a vengeance as he dropped Williams with a picture-perfect right hand. Although Willams fought back gamely, and seemed to rattle Velasco towards the end of the round, it was clear his legs never really recovered and he responded poorly to each shot upstairs from the Mexican brawler. Williams was dropped a second time in the closing seconds of round three for a count of seven and was dropped a final time for the count in round four. Williams complained after the last knockdown that he had been hit behind the head but there was little question that the Mexican prospect was in complete control after dropping the Washington DC native in round two. The time was 1:37 of round four. With the win, Velasco improves to 19-1-1, 14 KOs while Williams slips to 20-4, 14 KOs. It is the third straight loss for Williams.

By David Finger at ringside In a walk-out bout after the Devon Alexander-Victor Ortiz brawl at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, the career of one time promising…
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Gonzalez Stops Reyes, Ready For Chocolatito

By Robert Coster

Chile’s top boxer, and its hope to be that country’s first male world champion, WBA #3 super flyweight Miguel “Aguja” Gonzalez (27-1, 6 KOs) opened the way to fight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on May 5th in Las Vegas with an impressive third round knockout of Mexican Sammy Reyes (20-15, 14 KOs). The very popular Gonzalez, defending his WBA Fedelatin title, dropped Reyes in the second round with a well-placed body punch to the liver. Reyes got up and fought back with grit but Gonzalez continued working the body. “Aguja” knocked down his foe twice more in the third round, the second time Reyes was counted out by the referee. The bout was held in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile. (Rodrigo Zembrano, Promoter).

By Robert Coster Chile’s top boxer, and its hope to be that country’s first male world champion, WBA #3 super flyweight Miguel “Aguja” Gonzalez (27-1, 6 KOs) opened the way…
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Ugas halts Robinson in IBF eliminator

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (21-3, 10 KOs) stopped Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) in an IBF welterweight eliminator. An overhand right by Ugas in the opening round sent Robinson to the canvas as he got up both fighters finished the round trading away. Things got wild at the end of round four as Robinson and Ugas traded, Robinson hit Ugas clearly after the bell knocking him down. Referee Robert Bryd deducted a point. In the seventh round, Ugas dropped Robinson for the second time as he got up but Ugas continued to attack referee Robert Byrd waived the bout at 1:05 of the seventh.

“I felt like I was the stronger fighter by far and he didn’t hurt me,” said Ugas. “He lost a point for hitting me after the bell sounded, and knocked me down, but even that didn’t hurt me. He was very awkward and his style threw off my timing. Continue reading “Ugas halts Robinson in IBF eliminator”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas (21-3, 10 KOs) stopped Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) in an IBF welterweight eliminator. An overhand right by…
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Ortiz-Alexander battle to a draw

By David Finger at ringside

In front of 5,087 Southwest fight fans at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas, former world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander battled to a twelve round majority draw in an action-packed brawl that featured a contrast in styles between the slick boxing Alexander and the aggressive Ortiz.

Photo: Juan Yepez/Premier Boxing Champions

Nonetheless, although Ortiz was game throughout the fight, he seemed to have dug himself in a deep hole early on as Alexander peppered Ortiz with jabs and counter right hooks that had Ortiz’s left eye swelling shut in third round. Ortiz fought back in the later rounds to close the gap but it nonetheless appeared to be too little too late for the Kansas native. However, Judge Don Griffin scored the fight 115-113 for Ortiz, while judges Glen Crocker and Javier Martinez scored the fight 114-114. Fightnews scored the fight 116-112 for Alexander. With the draw, Alexander sees his record now stand at 27-4-1, 14 KOs while Ortiz’s record now stands at 32-6-3, 25 KOs.

Undefeated super middleweight Caleb Plant improved to 17-0, 10 KOs after scoring a lopsided twelve round decision over former world title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina in an IBF eliminator. Although the West Texas fight fans in attendance grew somewhat restless with the lack of action, Plant nonetheless looked impressive as he picked apart his hard-punching opponent, dominating the fight behind a solid jab and tricky defense. Scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 117-111. Medina drops to 38-9, 32 KOs. Continue reading “Ortiz-Alexander battle to a draw”

By David Finger at ringside In front of 5,087 Southwest fight fans at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas, former world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander battled…
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Groves defeats Eubank, headed to WBSS final

WBA super middleweight champion “Saint” George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Chris Eubank Jr (26-2, 20 KOs) to retain his title in a World Boxing Super Series semifinal at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

For the first eight rounds, Groves outboxed Eubank in a methodical way. Eubank fought at the distance and pace Groves wanted, plus Eubank suffered a bad cut over his right eye in the third round that bled heavily the rest of the fight. Eubank finally upped the pressure in round nine and desperately fired big shots until the end, but Groves was able to fend off the Eubank attacks.

Scores were 117-112, 116-112, 115-113. Continue reading “Groves defeats Eubank, headed to WBSS final”

WBA super middleweight champion “Saint” George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Chris Eubank Jr (26-2, 20 KOs) to retain his title in a World…
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Miracle Man and Big Baby to top HBO telecast

Matchroom Boxing USA has announced a New York City Press Conference to kickoff an HBO World Championship Boxing twinbill set for April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Featured in the 12-round main event on the telecast will be former middleweight world champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2-0, 29 KOs). Opening the HBO telecast, undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, (20-0-1, 18 KOs) also in a scheduled 12-round bout. Rumored opponents are Maciej Sulecki (26-0, 10 KOs) for Jacobs and Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs) for Miller.

Matchroom Boxing USA has announced a New York City Press Conference to kickoff an HBO World Championship Boxing twinbill set for April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Featured…
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WBA 122lb champ Daniel Roman arrives in Japan

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

WBA super-bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), a Mexican American born and residing in California, arrived here in Japan on Wednesday—a couple of weeks prior to his title defense against Japanese challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) in Tokyo on February 28. Why did Danny come here so early? He explained, “To get acclimated to the jet lag and adjusted to the local climate I like to arrive at the fight place early. That’s my policy.”

Fast-punching Roman impressively dethroned Japanese defending titlist Shun Kubo, an elongated southpaw, on a ninth round stoppage in Kyoto last September. Danny remarkably raised his stock here with his beautiful display of speed, skills and power in lopsidedly battering Kubo almost at will.

Why don’t our fight fans pay great attention to this title bout? Continue reading “WBA 122lb champ Daniel Roman arrives in Japan”

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi WBA super-bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), a Mexican American born and residing in California, arrived here in Japan on Wednesday—a couple of weeks…
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Wallin-Granat set for April 21 in Sweden

Swedish heavyweights Otto Wallin (19-0, 13 KOs) and Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) will meet in a grudge match for the European Union title on April 21 at the Gärdehov ice hockey arena in Sundsvall, Sweden. The 26-year-old fighters have been on a collision course since joining the professional ranks in 2013, and following years of speculation, now the time has come to see who is Sweden’s number one heavyweight.

Wallin, the current WBA Continental Champion, has a record of 19 wins and 0 defeats, while Granat, a former IBF International Champion, has suffered just 1 defeat in his 16 contests, and boasts a frightening near perfect KO ratio of 88%. Continue reading “Wallin-Granat set for April 21 in Sweden”

Swedish heavyweights Otto Wallin (19-0, 13 KOs) and Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) will meet in a grudge match for the European Union title on April 21 at the Gärdehov…
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Saturday Boxing Odds

Below are current odds for tonight’s big fights.

Manchester
Chris Eubank Jr -187 vs. George Groves +160
WBA super middleweight title, WBSS semi-final

Las Vegas
David Benavidez -650 vs. Ronald Gavril +475
WBC super middleweight title
Danny Garcia -3000 vs. Brandon Rios +1400
WBC welterweight eliminator
Yordenis Ugas -190 vs. Ray Robinson +160
WBC welterweight eliminator

El Paso, Texas
Devon Alexander -300 vs. Victor Ortiz +250
Welterweight 12 rounds
Caleb Plant -850 vs. Rogelio Medina +525
WBC super middleweight eliminator

Odds courtesy of thegreek.com

Below are current odds for tonight’s big fights. Manchester Chris Eubank Jr -187 vs. George Groves +160 WBA super middleweight title, WBSS semi-final Las Vegas David Benavidez -650 vs. Ronald…
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Luis Ortiz explains prior failed drug test

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz has commented on testing positive for a banned substance during training for his first scheduled fight against WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder last year. Ortiz finally challenges Wilder on March 3 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

“A lot of people that believe in me and know me well, know that I would not do anything that can jeopardize my future as a boxer. I have too much at stake: my family, my children and the possibility to provide for them. I had been taking that medicine for two years. It was my mistake not to disclose that prescription drug in the paperwork. I never thought a prescription was going to bring me so much trouble. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz explains prior failed drug test”

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz has commented on testing positive for a banned substance during training for his first scheduled fight against WBC heavyweight world champion…
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Callum Smith predicts Groves will beat Eubank

World Boxing Super Series super middleweight semi-finalist Callum Smith believes he will be facing George Groves in the final. Although focused on his semi-final against Juergen Braehmer next weekend in Germany, Smith is keeping an eye on today’s Groves-Eubank fight in the UK.

“If would have to pick, I will pick Groves on points,” stated Smith. I believe he will win the early rounds, a few rocky moments later on, but in the end, he will win on points.”

This prediction goes against the oddsmakers, who have Eubank as nearly a 2:1 favorite. Continue reading “Callum Smith predicts Groves will beat Eubank”

World Boxing Super Series super middleweight semi-finalist Callum Smith believes he will be facing George Groves in the final. Although focused on his semi-final against Juergen Braehmer next weekend in…
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Video: Superfly Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada

Former WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada shows his skills in preparation for his world title challenge against WBC super fly champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai one week from tonight in Los Angeles.

Former WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada shows his skills in preparation for his world title challenge against WBC super fly champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai one week from…
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Beltran: I gave everything I had

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“I have no words,” said 36-year-old veteran Ray Beltran after winning the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus Moses on Friday night in Reno, Nevada. “I gave everything I had. I really had to push myself. He’s a very experienced and tough fighter. He surprised me with a couple of good punches, but right away I thought about my family and everything I have been through throughout my career. I gave it my all. I made my career the tough way, and now I’m a champion.”

“I have no words,” said 36-year-old veteran Ray Beltran after winning the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus Moses on Friday night in Reno, Nevada. “I gave everything I had.…
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Beltran pulled away over second half of the fight

After six rounds, Ray Beltran and Paulus Moses were tied 57-57 on two cards with Beltran was up 58-56 on the third card. After that, all three judges saw it pretty much Beltran’s way. Judges Eric Cheek and Burt Clements awarded Beltran five of the final six rounds, while judge Don Trella scored all of the last six rounds for the new WBO lightweight champion.

After six rounds, Ray Beltran and Paulus Moses were tied 57-57 on two cards with Beltran was up 58-56 on the third card. After that, all three judges saw it…
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