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Fernando Beltran: Key alliances for big fights

Promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions considers the alliance between Zanfer and Golden Boy Promotions to be key to the development of great fights and boxers, including world WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguía. During the final phase of Munguia’s training camp in Tijuana, both Beltran and Oscar De La Hoya discussed bringing the fans the fights they want.

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“I’m happy with the presence of Oscar de la Hoya and the entire Golden Boy team, we have a great strategy to take Munguía to the highest levels, representing the month of the country as a Mexican is very important for us,” said Beltran, considered the best promoter in Latin America.

“When Munguia’s career was on the rise, I looked to see who was the best opponent we could dream of fighting. Logically it’s the great ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. To have a chance to get in the ring with Canelo, we had to have a strategic alliance with Oscar.”

For his part, De la Hoya emphasized the importance of Munguía headlining on Mexico’s Independence Day weekend in the United States.

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“The defense of the title is important. This opponent is strong and it will be a very complicated defense. Jaime has a good chin and above all has a good punch, so it’s possible that there will be a knockout. But fighting on this festive date so important for all Mexicans. It’s the best thing for his career because people are going to demand him.”

“My approach as a promoter is Mexican boxing and my obligation is to keep lifting up fighters like Canelo who we have 10 years working with and the present/future with Jaime Munguia.

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Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) faces Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) on September 14 in Carson, California on a card to be televised on DAZN in the U.S., and Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo, in Mexico.

Jaime will make the fifth defense of his WBO super welterweight title and a win would also net the WBC Maya belt.

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  • Whenever ODH is involved, manipulation and corruption is imperative.

    To chose Allotey as an opponent for Munguia is almost a crime. Allotey has an extremely high percentage of fighting boxers with losing records. Whenever he fought boxers who had more wins than losses, he lost. He is currently ranked #138 in the world, and he shouldn’t fight someone who is listed as #1 one welterweight.

    This means that they are carefully building up Munguia’s record. He never fought any of the top guys in the division and now he wants to move up to middle weight. In order to pad his record, he will continue to fight people outside the top 50, inexperienced or over the hill guys. This game of manipulating fake “superstar” records is getting old and is bad for boxing. In the past, it was common that the best took pride in fighting the best. Too many fights today are just financial chess moves by greedy and corrupt promoters and/or sanctioning bodies.

    • Hate to say it but WHEREVER there’s a Mexican involved…..there’s CORRUPTION!

      Facts and studies back up that conclusion.

    • Take away this ” In the past, it was common that the best took pride in fighting the best” and your post would be spot on Stone. Many top notch guy in the past avoided to fight live wires, being Floyd Mayweather and Leo Santa Cruz the front runners. And we all know there are many more, past and present like Munguia. What about Gervonta Davis? Oscar Valdez, who right away went up in weight relinquishing the 126 belt, at soon he learned that Shakur Stevenson it was going to be his mandatory?.
      In the past we have Roberto Duran and his team avoided Antonio Cervantes, who called him in numerous occasions with no answer from Duran (1974-1975). For how many years Marvin Hagler and Jose Napoles were waiting for his shot at a world title?
      I think not only Oscar plays a heavy role in this type of corrupt manipulations, almost all of them Stone.

      • With “past”, I didn’t mean the recent Mayweather era but the 70’s, 80’s and the time before. Your examples of Cervantes/Duran or Hagler/Napoles are good examples, but they were the exception, not the rule.

        Corruption and boxing were always a “good” match, but it has reached new heights since Mayweather, Canelo & Co have shown up. And yes, Oscar is of course not the only corrupt promoter, but the one who currently profits the most from corruption.

        The sad reality is that people today are so brainwashed that they buy into the superstar celebrity circus. Promoters and sanctioning bodies fabricate “superstars” because one superstar makes them as much money as 20-50 regular fighters. If Mayweather and Canelo would have gotten all the actual losses they deserved on their official records, they wouldn’t have been as marketable as they have have become. Now they will try to turn Munguia into the same thing – a fake superstar who has no credentials or evolved boxing skills.

        • I know I going to be contradicted in here, but one of the best build up job in boxing history is Ruben Olivares. He arrives with a 52- 0 record when fought the soft touch of Lionel Rose. At least 45 of those wins were against no hopes or completely shot once great fighters.Since winning the title, he succumbed most of the times when he had to face good opposition. But he is in the hall of fame and considered an all time great. Many people don’t know how he and his team avoided great bantamweights of that time, especially when they were at their primes. One of them was Rodolfo Martinez. Rafael Herrera was another one, and when finally he had no choice, but to face him, he was brutally KO’d.
          My idea is that not matter when, but when a fighter has some degree of popularity, good marketability, even though he is not that great, but maybe exciting against modest opposition, promoters, managers, traines try to protect this guy in order to keep alive and safe their cash cow. So, Munguia is just one more case, and won’t be the last one

          • Ruben Olivares had fairly mediocre competition. I have no idea why he is the HOF, but I do know that his promoters never tried to artificially turn him into a “superstar”.

            Ruben had really only 2 good wins – against Jose Luis Ramirez and Takao Sakurai. He lost several fights against relative nobodies.

            So, yes, he may have been “protected” but not with the intention to turn him into a superstar.

            What bugs me is the commercial aspect of the idiotic superstar concept. Promoters today are mostly just looking for cash cows.

            Although its a commonly known fact that there is a lot of corruption and manipulation in boxing, the mainstream media doesn’t deal with the issue at all. When Teddy Atlas became vocal about it he got fired from ESPN. In other words, the media is just like corrupt promoters – looking for money by all means, even if it involves bribing judges in order to create fake superstars.

            Its entirely unethical that promoters can have a say in who the judges of a fight are. Adalaide Byrd was handpicked for just that purpose: she was openly favoring Canelo and was most likely very well paid for rendering one of the most scandalous scoring cards in boxing history. Although she should be in jail, she is still an official judge….

          • Yes, Bobby Chacon was a good win. I always considered Jose Luis Ramirez a more interesting fighter than Chacon or Rose.

            But to get back to my original comment: the “superstar” fabrication has led to much additional manipulation and corruption in boxing today. It has turned boxing into a mere entertainment industry and destroyed the credibility of the sport.

    • That’s Fernando who always has his belt on. An interim belt that he gave himself. His name reflects his motto in life: Belt yourself.

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