Weight Class: Lightweight

Ray Beltran

36 Wins

9 Losses

1 Draws

22 KOs


Age: 38 Date of Birth: July 23, 1981
Height: 5’8” Birth Place: Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Reach: 68” Stance: orthodox

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Ray Beltran


Biography

At the age of 37, Ray is a 19-year pro. A former WBO lightweight world champion, he won the title in his February, 2018 – 18 years and seven months after his debut, and four months before his 37th birthday It was his fourth world title challenge over a span of 4 ½ years.

For several years Ray was best known as one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

In his last fight on August 25, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona, he lost the title by 12-round unanimous decision against Jose Pedraza.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: It took Raymundo Beltran four tries and 19 years to finally win an elusive lightweight world title, but it was a fleeting reign – a mere six months.

Jose “Sniper” Pedraza came to Beltran’s home region, knocked him down in the 11th round and dethroned him by unanimous decision in a bloody, action-packed fight before 4,502 in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Gila River Arena. [note: scored 117-110, 117-110, 115-112]

Despite chants of “Mexico! Mexico!” from the pro-Beltran crowd almost as soon as the fight began, Pedraza had a strong opening round as he found a home for his consistent jab to the head and body. Pedraza continued to land as evidenced by the marks on Beltran’s face in the second round. He was bruised and bleeding from a cut under his left eye and taking punches while not landing many.

Beltran tried to exert pressure on Pedraza in the fourth round, stalking forward and looking to land body shots while also dabbing at the cut on his left eye. When Beltran got close, however, Pedraza tied him up and then slipped away.

The fight became more of a toe-to-toe battle in the fifth round as they exchanged big shots in the center of the ring. Every time Beltran landed, his hometown crowd went wild.

Beltran, a Mexico native who has lived in Phoenix for 16 years, was clearly trying to slow the quicker Pedraza down in the sixth round as he spent most of the round only attacking his body. Pedraza had abandoned his jab, and it was a lot easier for Beltran to get on the inside.

There were fierce exchanges in the ninth round. The blood from Beltran’s cut was flying to the point where Pedraza’s once-white ponytail holder had turned red.

Pedraza got back to his jab in the 10th round, but it was from his right hand because he had turned southpaw.

As Beltran, who was walked into the ring by Phoenix boxing legend and Hall of Famer Michael Carbajal, continued to pressure Pedraza, he took a right hand in the 11th round that sent blood flying from his face. Moments later, Pedraza landed a left uppercut to drop Beltran to his rear end. He easily beat the count, but Pedraza forced him to the ropes and landed several more punches late in the round.

The crowd was on its feet as the 12th round began, but Beltran could not break through. Instead, Pedraza forced him to the corner in the waning seconds of the fight and clobbered him with several head-snapping shots to close the fight with powerful authority. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Ray said, “I thought it was a good, close fight. The knockdown made the difference. I got caught with a really good shot.

“As far as the future, it’s too early to tell. Pedraza fought a great fight, and all the respect to him.”

Ray was considered a top prospect early in his career, managed and trained by Emanuel Steward. Regarding those early days, 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.”

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. 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 lived in L.A. for five or six years, but now I moved back to Phoenix.

“I’m naturally right-handed. My wife’s name is Guadalupe Beltran, and we’ve got three kids, two boys and one girl. My oldest boy, Edgar, was 12 in January, and my daughter, Eden was 14 in February. My little boy, Edwin, was eight in November. They give me strength. They give me more courage to fight.

“I’ve lived in Phoenix since I was 16 years old – this is home for me. I love Mexico, don’t get me wrong – I’ll never forget where I come from – but my life is here now. I’ve got all my friends here, all of my kids were born here. I’ve got family back home and I love to go and visit, but my life is here now.”…

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…physically strong, has good punching power…tough, durable and determined, has lots of heart…is experienced against top opposition…has a strong family boxing tradition…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 45 fights…259 total rounds…50 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 46 %…of wins – 60 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 5 (2-2-1)…10 rounds – 7 (5-2)…

 

Titles

  • Instagram: @Beltranboxing
  • Ranked WBO #6, WBC #9 at 135 pounds...
  • Former WBO lightweight world champion...
  • World championship fights: 1-2-1, 1 ND, 0 KOs…
  • Former three-time lightweight world title challenger…
  • Former NABO lightweight champion, one successful defense…
  • Two-time NABF lightweight champion...
  • Former USBA lightweight champion…
2018

LOST  WBO L WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 8-25-18 in Glendale, AZ, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza (24-1): the bout headlined at Gila River Arena and drew an attendance of 4,502; it was a good fight, and the momentum shifted back and forth in the early and middle rounds; Pedraza started fast – he boxed and moved well and won the 1st round on two scorecards, swept the 2nd on all three – and Ray was cut under his left eye – then won the 3rd round on two scorecards; Ray pressed forward and swept the 4th, Pedraza won the 5th round on two scorecards, and Ray swept the 6th; there were several good exchanges in the second half of the fight, but Pedraza dominated on the scorecards – he swept the 7th, 8th, and 9th rounds, won the 10th on two scorecards, then scored a knockdown with a left uppercut in the 11th round for a 10-8 sweep; Pedraza finished the fight strongly, swept the 12th, and won by scores of 117-110, 117-110, 115-112…

WON VACANT WBO L WORLD TITLE – On 2-16-18 in Reno, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former WBA lightweight world champion Paulus Moses (40-3): the bout headlined at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, and it was fast-paced, exciting, and very competitive; both gave tremendous efforts – Ray started fast and out-worked Moses in the early rounds, but was cut over his right eye in the 3rd round, and Moses staggered him with a right uppercut in the 5th; Ray dominated the second half of the fight on the scorecards – he won the 7th round on two scorecards, swept the 8th round on all three scorecards, won the 9th round on two scorecards, then swept the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds – but Moses had several rallies and some rounds were very close; Moses was cut over his left eye in the 9th round, but staggered Ray with a right hand later in the round, and both fought hard until the final bell; scored 117-111, 117-111, 116-112…

2017

On 8-5-17 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a 10 round majority decision against former two-time former WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez (35-2): the bout was co-featured with the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event, and Ray dominated most of the fight – he pressed forward and consistently out-worked Vasquez; he also landed the harder punches, and stunned Vasquez in the 4th round; Ray was cut over his right eye in the 9th and on his forehead by a clash of heads in the 10th round, and Vasquez rocked him in the final seconds of the last round; most observers thought the decision should have been more one-sided, but the judges scored 96-94, 96-94, 95-95…

IBF L WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR – on 5-20-17 in New York, NY, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Jonathan Maicelo (25-2): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz main event, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; the fight did not start well for Ray, though; he was floored and cut over his left eye, and Maicelo was cut at his hairline by a clash of heads early in the 1st round, but the referee officially credited Maicelo with a knockdown – moments later, the referee contradicted himself by ruling that the cuts were caused by an accidental headbutt; moments later, Ray rallied and floored Maicelo with a punch at the bell, but the referee also missed that call and ruled it a slip; Maicelo out-worked Ray early in the 2nd round, but Ray scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook that dropped Maicelo flat on his back, out cold, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:25…

2016

On 9-10-16 in Lemoore, CA, he won by TKO (5th round) against Miguel Angel Mendoza (23-8-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – Mendoza gave a determined effort, but Ray dominated the fight; he outworked Mendoza, landed the harder punches, and wore him down; Ray scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight…

On 5-21-16 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ivan Najera (16-2): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Laredo Energy Arena, and Ray quickly overpowered him; he staggered Najera with a left hook in the 1st round, then rocked him again with a right uppercut later in the round; Ray was cut over his left eye in the 2nd, but scored a knockdown with a series of left hooks late in the round and the referee stopped the fight at 2:58…

 

2015

On 5-1-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he had a no contest (2nd round) against lefthanded former WBC featherweight and super featherweight world champion Takahiro Ao (27-3-1): the bout headlined at the Cosmopolitan; Ray weighed-in a 135.4 pounds and was not eligible to win the title, but he quickly overpowered Ao; Ray scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round – Ao got up, but Ray rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29; the 2nd round TKO win for Ray was later changed to no contest when he tested positive for a banned substance…

2014

On 11-29-14 in Omaha, NB, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Terence Crawford (24-0): the bout headlined at CenturyLink Center; Ray gave a good effort, but Crawford fought mainly in the lefthanded stance and outboxed and outworked him; scored 119-109, 119-109, 120-108…

On 4-12-14 in Las Vegas 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

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

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 – 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

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, but 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 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; …

 

Ray Beltran Q&A

When did you start boxing and why?

I started boxing at 8-years-old, following my dads footsteps.

What is your first memory in the sport?

I was 4-years-old and my dad took me to a boxing gym in the hood.

Who are your favorite current or recent pro fighters?

Chavez, Ray Leonard, Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana.

Do you have a hidden talent?

No.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

My personal life.

Who are your favorite pro sports teams and non-boxing athletes?

None

What languages are you fluent in?

English and Spanish.

What’s your favorite movie?

I got a few.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

What artists are most heavily featured on your playlist in camp?

Cumbia, Salza, Hector Lavoe, Corridos.

Do you have any superstitions or pre-fight rituals?

I always wear red and white, and I always wrap my left hand first.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

Happy

What or who is the biggest motivation in your life?

My kids and my family.

Walkout song?

El Regreso by Diferente Nivel