Ray Beltran
Weightclass:
Lightweight
Age:
33
Birthplace:
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Record:
29-6-1, 17 KOs
Height:
5’8”
Reach:
68”
Managers:
 
Trainers:
Pepe Reilly (1992 U.S. Olympian)
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 33, Ray is a 15-year pro. The WBO’s No. 1 ranked lightweight contender – and one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for several years – he is 7-3-1 in his last 11 fights. His two most recent losses came against upcoming prospects, but they were questionable decisions – most observers thought Ray deserved to win both fights.
In his last fight on April 12, Ray won a 12-round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a big win for Beltran. It wasn't because Beltran was facing a big-name opponent. It was because the fight figures to be the final hurdle to his getting a second lightweight world title shot. Beltran had one in September, when he went to Scotland, dropped Ricky Burns, broke his jaw, beat him up and got saddled with a bogus hometown draw.
In his first fight since, Beltran dominated Usmanee. Usmanee is a good fighter but he could not handle the physicality of Beltran. Usmanee landed a lot of punches, but Beltran walked through it all to roll to the decision. [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...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against late substitute Arash Usmanee (20-1-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacqiuao-Timothy Bradley Jr. main event; Usmanee gave a good effort and had several rallies, but Ray dominated most of the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, rocked Usmanee several times, and steadily wore him down; scored 117-111, 117-111, 118-110…
 
2013 – WBO L WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - 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…
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 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...
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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: 36 fights…195 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 58 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 2 (1-0-1)…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 33, Ray is a 15-year pro. The WBO’s No. 1 ranked lightweight contender – and one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for several years – he is 7-3-1 in his last 11 fights. His two most recent losses came against upcoming prospects, but they were questionable decisions – most observers thought Ray deserved to win both fights.

In his last fight on April 12, Ray won a 12-round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a big win for Beltran. It wasn't because Beltran was facing a big-name opponent. It was because the fight figures to be the final hurdle to his getting a second lightweight world title shot. Beltran had one in September, when he went to Scotland, dropped Ricky Burns, broke his jaw, beat him up and got saddled with a bogus hometown draw.

In his first fight since, Beltran dominated Usmanee. Usmanee is a good fighter but he could not handle the physicality of Beltran. Usmanee landed a lot of punches, but Beltran walked through it all to roll to the decision. [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 – 2014 – in his last fight on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against late substitute Arash Usmanee (20-1-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacqiuao-Timothy Bradley Jr. main event; Usmanee gave a good effort and had several rallies, but Ray dominated most of the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, rocked Usmanee several times, and steadily wore him down; scored 117-111, 117-111, 118-110…

 

2013 – WBO L WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - 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…

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 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, then 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 in the 6th round and Ray was cut over his left eye, 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: 36 fights…195 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 58 %...

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