Mexican-American Ray Beltran really is the epitome of a fighter after taking home a bonafide world title for the first time in his career on Friday night.
The 36 year-old was fighting for a version of the world championship for the fourth time in his career at Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort and had most in boxing hoping he would finally make it past being a nearly man.
And so it proved as Beltran battled it out with hardened Namibian Paulus Moses, as expected, before emerging victorious after twelve bloody rounds.
Beltran, who could claim to have been highly unlucky not to be a world title holder by now on two occasions in the past, took the verdict by margins of 117-111 (twice) and 116-1112 with no arguments on the final decision.
The scores should really have been tighter in order to give Moses further credit for a gutsy display but it was Beltran’s night and nobody can take it away from him.
In the co-feature, welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas made it to 19-0 with a sixth round stoppage of former WBA ruler and Shane Mosley conqueror David Avanesyan, defending the NABF title in the process.
Young featherweight star Shakur Stevenson can now boast a 5-0 C.V after a dominant win over six rounds against Juan Tapia, whilst former world heavyweight title challenger Bryant Jennings continued his road to another shot by stopping Akhror Muralimov in the third.
Muralimov was dropped five times in those three sessions and was saved to fight another day as Jennings moved on to sterner tests.
Olympic hero and lightweight campaigner Robson Conceicao eased through Ignacio Holguin over six rounds to put a sixth pro win in the record books after Alexander Besputin had retired Wesley Tucker in five to make it nine straight wins as a pro.
Super welterweight Sagadat Rakhmankulov won on his debut via stoppage, whilst Ricardo Lucio halted Kenny Guzman to push to 2-0 at super-featherweight.