Ray Beltran

Weightclass: Lightweight

  • 36wins

  • 9losses

  • 1draws

  • 22kos

Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Steve Feder
Pepe Reilly (1992 U.S. Olympian)

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Ray Beltran

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…


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

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


fight history

  • 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…