Former WBO Lightweight champion Ray Beltran failed to make the 135lb limit for his IBF Lightweight title challenge to champion Richard Commey. Beltran came in at 136.8lbs compared to Commey’s 134.4lbs. Beltran will not get his hands on the title even if he wins their fight which takes place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, in Temecula, California, tonight (June 28th).
The 38-year-old Beltran of Avondale, Arizona via Sinaloa, Mexico, has battled with the scales for some time now, failing to make the limit for a 2015 vacant WBO title fight with Japan’s Takahiro Ao. Beltran knocked out Ao in 2 rounds but subsequently failed a drug test.
This is all good news for the champion who is being lined up by promoters Top Rank to face the winner of the July 19th, IBF final eliminator between Teofimo Lopez and Masayoshi Nakatani. Even at 38, Beltran is a handful when fighting in his natural weight division, whereas, now, he will have badly dehydrated himself in efforts to make 135lbs.
At 32-years of age, Commey is a late comer to the party, winning the vacant title in February against Russian Isa Chaniev (13-1-0). Isa had outpointed big hitting Venezuelan Ismael Barroso in his previous outing, so Commey’s 2nd round destruction of his Russian co-challenger looks good on paper at least.
The two losses on his record were to Robert Easter Jr in a 2016 vacant IBF title shot, and Denis Shafikov, who also challenged for the IBF title on 3 occasions.
Beltran is tough and has a lot of heart, so I don’t expect