Ray Beltran
Weightclass:
Age:
33
Birthplace:
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Record:
28-6-1, 17 KOs
Height:
5’8”
Reach:
68”
Managers:
Steve Feder
Trainers:
Freddie Roach
biography

Ranked WBO #1 at 135 pounds…
World championship fights: 0-1…
Former lightweight world title challenger…
Former NABF lightweight champion…
Former USBA lightweight champion…

At the age of 32, Ray is a 14-year pro. A contender at 135 pounds -- and one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for several years -- he is 6-3-1 in his last 10 fights. His two most recent losses came against upcoming prospects, but most observers thought Ray deserved to win both fights.
Ray is coming off a very controversial 12-round in a world title challenge against WBO champion Ricky Burns -- on Burns’ home turf in Glasgow – in his last fight on September 7, 2013.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Beltran went on the road (yet again) and was robbed of a world title in Burns' hometown in a draw that he very clearly and obviously deserved to win. It is probably the worst decision of the year so far.
Beltran had fought his way into the lightweight top 10 over the past year-and-a-half with quality victories against Hank Lundy and Ji-Hoon Kim. Beltran earned this title shot against Burns, who was making his the fourth defense of his belt. Beltran fought an excellent fight, beating up Burns in what should have been his victory without any issue.
Beltran started a bit slow and Burns won the first couple of rounds. But then Beltran came on and basically dominated the rest of the fight. Maybe he lost another two or three rounds -- at most -- along the way. But he outfought, outpunched and outhustled Burns round after round. He put punishment on him with an avalanche of left hooks to the head and body. He was hurting Burns and not taking much in return.
In the second round, he injured Burns' jaw. Burns initially thought it was dislocated and spent the rest of the fight trying to...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – WBO L WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 9-7-13 in Glasgow, SCOT, he had a 12 round draw against defending champion - and hometown favorite - Ricky Burns (36-2): the bout headlined at the Scottish Exhibition Centre; Burns started fast and outworked Ray in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but his jaw was also injured - it was learned later that it was fractured; Ray dominated most of the fight after that - he pressed forward and outworked Burns, who clinched repeatedly, and consistently landed the harder punches; Ray scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 8th round, and finished the fight strongly; almost all observers thought Ray clearly deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113 Beltran, 115-112 Burns, 114-114; after the fight, Ray said, "Politics - always the same thing in boxing. I think it's disrespectful for the fighter and the fans. They play the business because they have the power. If I got beat, I got beat - but I didn't. It's so frustrating. So much hard work, sacrifice. We put our life on the line. They don't care. It's not Ricky's fault. It's business. Everything was against me. To me, I'm a world champion. That belt is mine."...
On 4-27-13 in Austin, TX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (19-9): the bout headlined at the Erwin Center; the early rounds were slow-paced and close, but Ray stepped up his pace and dominated the fight after that; he was cut over his left eye in the 4th round, but outboxed and outworked Rodriguez, and consistently landed the harder punches; scored 99-91, 99-91, 97-93…
 
2012 – 1ST NABF L TITLE DEFENSE - on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Ji-Hoon Kim (24-7): the bout headlined at the Mirage, and it was a good fight; Kim scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, but...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Ray said, “I was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. I got one brother and one half-brother. My father has his own business in Mexico. He sells clothes and auto parts, stuff like that, but since the economy went bad – he’s still trying to survive, but it’s hard. He also has a gym at his house. It’s a small gym, nothing special. He was a professional boxer, and my uncles and cousins were pros.
“I started boxing when I was eight years old. I did a couple of amateur fights, then I retired. I came back when I was 14 or 15. I had about 30 amateur fights altogether. I got like, 27 wins and three losses.
“I was 16 when I moved to the United States. My family moved to Phoenix. I did a couple more amateur fights after I moved there. I’ve been living in L.A. for about six years, and I’ve been in North Hollywood for about three and a half years.
“I’m naturally righthanded. I’ve got a girlfriend and I’ve got three kids, two boys and one girl. My oldest boy was eight in January, and my girl was 10 in February.. My baby boy was born on November 12, 2010.”…
 
STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…tough, durable, and determined…is experienced against good opposition…
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 14 years, 9 months (inactive for 3 years, 9 months)…35 fights…183 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.2 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 60 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (0-0-1)…10 rounds – 6 (4-2)…
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Biography
  • Ranked WBO #1 at 135 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former lightweight world title challenger…
  • Former NABF lightweight champion…
  • Former USBA lightweight champion…

At the age of 32, Ray is a 14-year pro. A contender at 135 pounds -- and one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for several years -- he is 6-3-1 in his last 10 fights. His two most recent losses came against upcoming prospects, but most observers thought Ray deserved to win both fights.

Ray is coming off a very controversial 12-round in a world title challenge against WBO champion Ricky Burns -- on Burns’ home turf in Glasgow – in his last fight on September 7, 2013.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Beltran went on the road (yet again) and was robbed of a world title in Burns' hometown in a draw that he very clearly and obviously deserved to win. It is probably the worst decision of the year so far.

Beltran had fought his way into the lightweight top 10 over the past year-and-a-half with quality victories against Hank Lundy and Ji-Hoon Kim. Beltran earned this title shot against Burns, who was making his the fourth defense of his belt. Beltran fought an excellent fight, beating up Burns in what should have been his victory without any issue.

Beltran started a bit slow and Burns won the first couple of rounds. But then Beltran came on and basically dominated the rest of the fight. Maybe he lost another two or three rounds -- at most -- along the way. But he outfought, outpunched and outhustled Burns round after round. He put punishment on him with an avalanche of left hooks to the head and body. He was hurting Burns and not taking much in return.

In the second round, he injured Burns' jaw. Burns initially thought it was dislocated and spent the rest of the fight trying to protect it, one of the key reasons he was not at all aggressive against Beltran and spent more time trying to grab and clinch than fight. As it turned out, Burns had a fractured jaw and had surgery on Sunday during which a titanium plate was surgically implanted. Burns deserves a lot of credit for the guts he showed to fight for 10 rounds with a broken jaw, but that does not mean he deserved to keep his title.

In the eighth round, Beltran scored a clean knockdown with a left hook that badly hurt Burns. But in the end, after a performance in which even the typically raucous Burns fans were subdued, the British broadcasters all had it for Beltran and Burns' own corner showed all kinds of concern between rounds, Burns was awarded the hometown draw. Judge Andre Van Grootenbruel of Belgium had the 115-113 card for Beltran, but British judge Richie Davis had the even scorecard -- 114-114 is a difficult score to achieve, since there was a knockdown -- and American judge Carlos Ortiz Jr. had the mind-blowing 115-112 card for Burns. Even Burns and his handlers sounded as though Burns had lost when they spoke after the fight.

We all -- save for two judges -- know who won this fight. [End Rafael item]

Ray said, “I stay in the gym all the time. I always stay busy, and when I get a fight I just pick it up. I don’t really worry about my opponents, that’s the way I am. I don’t believe in watching videos. Every fighter is different. I don’t underestimate nobody – I take everybody serious.

 “I don’t want to be known as Pacquiao’s sparring partner. It’s good for me, but I want to fight for respect -- I got talent. I’m a survivor. I’m a winner. I’m going to put my heart on the line like I always do.”

Ray was considered a top prospect early in his career, managed and trained by Emanuel Steward. He said, “I was in Detroit with Emanuel Steward for a couple of years in 2001 and 2002. He used to be my manager. I started as a pro in Phoenix and after five or six fights, I went to Detroit. Emanuel gave me that name – ‘Sugar.’ I don’t really like it. It’s too big to carry that name. I don’t think I’m going to use it.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – WBO L WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 9-7-13 in Glasgow, SCOT, he had a 12 round draw against defending champion - and hometown favorite - Ricky Burns (36-2): the bout headlined at the Scottish Exhibition Centre; Burns started fast and outworked Ray in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but his jaw was also injured - it was learned later that it was fractured; Ray dominated most of the fight after that - he pressed forward and outworked Burns, who clinched repeatedly, and consistently landed the harder punches; Ray scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 8th round, and finished the fight strongly; almost all observers thought Ray clearly deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113 Beltran, 115-112 Burns, 114-114; after the fight, Ray said, "Politics - always the same thing in boxing. I think it's disrespectful for the fighter and the fans. They play the business because they have the power. If I got beat, I got beat - but I didn't. It's so frustrating. So much hard work, sacrifice. We put our life on the line. They don't care. It's not Ricky's fault. It's business. Everything was against me. To me, I'm a world champion. That belt is mine."...

On 4-27-13 in Austin, TX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (19-9): the bout headlined at the Erwin Center; the early rounds were slow-paced and close, but Ray stepped up his pace and dominated the fight after that; he was cut over his left eye in the 4th round, but outboxed and outworked Rodriguez, and consistently landed the harder punches; scored 99-91, 99-91, 97-93…

 

2012 – 1ST NABF L TITLE DEFENSE - on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Ji-Hoon Kim (24-7): the bout headlined at the Mirage, and it was a good fight; Kim scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, but Ray came back and scored a knockdown with a left hook later in the round; the following rounds were fast-paced - Ray was cut over his left eye in the 2nd, but he consistently landed the harder punches, steadily wore down Kim, and dominated the rest of the fight; scored 98-92, 98-92, 97-93…

On 7-27-12 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won a 10 round majority decision against defending champion - and local favorite from Philadelphia - Hank Lundy (22-1-1): the fight headlined at Resorts Hotel & Casino; Lundy was ranked No. 1 by the WBC and the favorite to win; Lundy boxed and moved well, but Ray pressed forward and landed the harder punches; Ray staggered Lundy with a series of punches in the 3rd round, but Lundy finished the round by landing a hard left hook and Ray was was cut over his left eye in the round; the momentum shifted back and forth in the following rounds, but Ray pressed forward and consistently outworked Lundy; scored 96-94, 96-94, 95-95…

On 1-6-12 in Indio, CA, he lost a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded prospect Luis Ramos (20-0): the bout headlined at Fantasy Spring Casino, and it was a good, close fight; Ray pressed forward and kept a busy pace; Ramos was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 3rd round, but generally outboxed Ray and was the more accurate puncher; many observers thought the decision could go either way and many thought Ray deserved to win, but the judges scored 97-93, 97-93, 96-94…

 

2011 – WON USBA L TITLE - on 9-9-11 in Woodland Hills, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Darien Ford (11-21): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the Warner Center Marriot, and Ray quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round; Ray scored another knockdown with a left hook that dropped Ford, out cold, in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:09…

VACANT NABO L TITLE CHALLENGE – on 5-13-11 in Primm, NV, he lost a 10 round unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere (19-0): the bout headlined at Buffalo Bill’s - it was good, hard fight, and ended with a questionable decision; the momentum shifted back and forth - Ray pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Bogere boxed and moved well, and outworked him at times; Ray was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 3rd round, Bogere was cut over his left eye in the 4th; Ray floored Bogere with a left upper-left hook combination in the 8th round, but the referee ruled that it was a slip, and Ray was cut at his hairline by another clash of heads in the 9th; many observers thought Ray deserved to win, but the judges scored 96-94, 96-94, 97-93…

On 3-4-11 in Woodland Hills, CA, he won by TKO (7th round) against Carlos Vinan (10-8-4): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Yusaf Mack-Otis Griffin main event; Vinan started fast and outworked Ray in the early rounds, but Ray stepped up his pace and rallied in the middle rounds; he rocked Vinan repeatedly in the 7th round, and Vinan did not continue after the round…

2010 - on 1-9-10 in Tacoma, WA, he won by TKO (7th round) against local favorite David Torres (21-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Emerald Queen Casino; Torres pressed forward, kept a busy pace, and the early rounds were close, but Ray boxed and moved effectively, landed the harder punches, and gradually wore him down; Ray staggered Torres with a left hook late in the 6th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 7th round - Torres got up, but Raymundo staggered him with another series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:20…

 

2008 – on 9-18-08 in Panama City, PAN, he lost by TKO (4th round) against against Ammeth Diaz (24-7): the scheduled 11-rounder was on the undercard at the Centro de Convenciones Figali; Diaz scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and stopped Ray at 0:48 of the 4th

On 3-8-08 in Cancun, MX, he won by TKO (9th round) against Moises Perez (6-4): the scheduled 12-rounder was on the undercard of the Samuel Peter-Oleg Maskaev main event; Perez pressed forward, but Ray boxed and moved well and dominated most of the fight; Perez rocked Ray and cut him over his left eye in the 6th round, but Ray came back strongly in the 7th; Ray staggered Perez with a series of punches in the 9th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:42…

2007 – on 9-27-07 in Sacramento, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Baudel Cardenas (18-11-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Chad Dawson-Epifanio Mendoza main event, and Ray quickly overwhelmed him; he scored a knockown with a left hook in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with another left hook in the 2nd round, and Cardenas was counted out at 2:59…

On 7-20-07 in Navojoa, MX, he won by TKO (1st round, 2:10) against Jose Montes (16-11-2)…

On 3-2-07 in Navojoa he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:22) against Carlos Gamez (16-4)…

 

2006 – on 10-13-06 in Los Mochis, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:10) against Joel Yocupicio (0-6)…

2005 - on 7-9-05 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round, 1:43) against Jaime Orrantia (9-14-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of a show headlined by Hector Camacho Sr. and Hector Jr. in separate bouts…

On 3-25-05 in Tucson he lost an 8 round split decision against Agnaldo Nunes (10-1-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Demetrius Hopkins-Nito Bravo main event; …

 

2004 - on 12-16-04 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jaime Orrantia (9-10-4): scored 60-54, 60-54, 59-55…

On 9-3-04 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by knockout (4th round) against Ivan Cazarez (12-4-2): Ray scored two knockdowns in the 4th round, and Cazarez was counted out on one knee at 1:27…

On 6-24-04 in Irvine, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Roque Cassiani (21-16-2): scored 76-74, 76-74, 77-73…

On 1-22-04 in Irvine he won a 6 round majority decision against Freddy Castro (4-7-3): scored 58-56, 58-56, 57-57…

2003 - on 2-7-03 in Auburn Hills, MI, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Edel Ruiz (22-7-3)…

2002 - on 11-19-02 in Phoenix he won by disqualification (9th round, 1:50) against Sean Fletcher (25-7)…

On 10-1-02 in Phoenix he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:16) against Carlos Diaz (8-2-2)…

On 4-19-02 in Auburn Hills he won by knockout (1st round) against Carlos Rocha (29-11-5)…

 

2001 - on 12-14-01 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Wilson Santos (16-7-2)…

On 11-23-01 in Auburn Hills he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:52) against Guillermo Vara (3-4)…

On 10-14-01 in Phoenix he won by TKO (1st round, 2:01) against Roberto Enriquez (4-2)…

On 5-26-01 in Grand Rapids, MI, he lost by TKO (4th round) against against Steve Trumble (10-12): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Carlos Hernandez main event; Trumble started fast and rocked Ray with several left hooks to the jaw in the 1st round; Ray came back and scored two knockdowns with right hands in the 2nd round, and built a lead on the scorecards; Trumble scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Ray to one knee in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:22; Ray’s jaw had been broken in the 1st round…

On 4-7-01 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Francisco Rodriguez (8-7-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Marco Antonio Barrera-Nassem Hamed main event; Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Ray came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd - Rodriguez got up, but Ray staggered him with another right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 1:41…

 

2000 - on 1-8-00 in Albuquerque, NM, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Juan Martinez (7-11)…

1999 – on 12-17-99 in Phoenix he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Joel Padilla (0-3)…

On 12-4-99 in Phoenix he lost a 4 round unanimous decision against Victor Mendoza (10-7): scored 38-37, 38-37 Mendoza, 39-36 Beltran…

On 11-6-99 in Phoenix he won by TKO (3rd round, 2:18) against Rafael Magana (debut)…

He debuted at the age of 17 on 7-2-99 in Tucson and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Victor Mendoza (8-4)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Ray said, “I was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. I got one brother and one half-brother. My father has his own business in Mexico. He sells clothes and auto parts, stuff like that, but since the economy went bad – he’s still trying to survive, but it’s hard. He also has a gym at his house. It’s a small gym, nothing special. He was a professional boxer, and my uncles and cousins were pros.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. I did a couple of amateur fights, then I retired. I came back when I was 14 or 15. I had about 30 amateur fights altogether. I got like, 27 wins and three losses.

“I was 16 when I moved to the United States. My family moved to Phoenix. I did a couple more amateur fights after I moved there. I’ve been living in L.A. for about six years, and I’ve been in North Hollywood for about three and a half years.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I’ve got a girlfriend and I’ve got three kids, two boys and one girl. My oldest boy was eight in January, and my girl was 10 in February.. My baby boy was born on November 12, 2010.”…

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…tough, durable, and determined…is experienced against good opposition…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 14 years, 9 months (inactive for 3 years, 9 months)…35 fights…183 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 60 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (0-0-1)…10 rounds – 6 (4-2)…