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, initially turned down an instant rematch offer from Eddie Hearn.
However, he was coming around 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.
Beltran did not mince his words when expressing his dissolution of the whole affair.
Ray Beltran on Eddie Hearn
“I haven’t heard anything. 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 fewer guarantees. It’s just not right and seems like politics to me.
“They are trying to make the Crawford fight. I f***ing hate boxing now. I wish I could break Hearn’s jaw into ten pieces instead of Ricky’s after what happened the first time.”
Burns, 30, has three options currently under consideration. Hearn looks to secure a unification, possibly before any Crawford clash.
The WBO would allow a fight with another champion over a mandatory.
Richard Abril and Miguel Vazquez are the two title holders in Hearn’s sights.
Burns is reportedly close to returning to sparring following surgery to mend the jaw damaged by Beltran previously.