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Beltran fumes over Burns saga: I wish I’d broken Hearn’s jaw instead!

Phil Jay 30/11/2013

Highly-rated lightweight Ray Beltran has confided in WBN after learning that an immediate return with WBO champion Ricky Burns is dead in the water.

The 32 year-old, who fought out a draw with Burns in September breaking the Scot’s jaw in the process, initially turned down an instant rematch offer from Eddie Hearn, although was coming round to the idea went approached a second time.

A move by the WBO to make undefeated American Terence Crawford the mandatory challenger to Burns now seems to have scuppered any deal and Beltran did not mince his words when expressing his dissolution at the whole affair.

“I haven’t heard anything and it seems like there will not be a rematch,” Beltran told World Boxing News.

“It’s frustrating because after the first fight I was the one with less guarantees. It’s just not right and seems like politics to me as they are trying to make the Crawford fight.

“I f***ing hate boxing now and I wish I could break Hearn’s jaw into ten pieces instead of Ricky after what happened the first time.”

Burns, 30, has supposedly three options currently under consideration as Hearn looks to secure a unification, possibly before any Crawford clash, as the WBO would allow a fight with another champion over a mandatory.

Richard Abril and Miguel Vazquez are the two title holder’s in Hearn’s sights, with Burns reportedly close to returning to sparring following surgery to mend the jaw damaged by Beltran previously.

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