Richard Commey takes on Ray Beltran on Friday, June 28, 2019 in an IBF lightweight title fight that can be seen on ESPN.
- Date & Time
- June 28th, 2019
- Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula, California
- Media Coverage
Richard Commey takes on Ray Beltran on Friday, June 28, 2019 in an IBF lightweight title fight that can be seen on ESPN. Commey is 28-2 with 25 knockouts and coming off a win against Isa Chaniev, while Beltran is 36-8-1 with 22 knockouts and coming off a win against Hiroki Okada. Commey won the title with the win against Chaniev and he was supposed to fight Vasiliy Lomanchenko for the title, but Commey got hurt and had to pull out of that matchup. Those two fights should meet in the future if they both keep winning. Let’s look at this fight between Commey and Beltran that takes place in Temecula, California and boxing picks.
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Richard Commey (28-2, 25 knockouts)
In his last five fights, Commey is 4-1. He knocked out Isa Chaniev in the 2nd round in early February, knocked out Yardley Armenta Cruz in the second round in August of last year, knocked out Alejandro Luna in the 6th round in March of last year, won a unanimous decision against Hedi Slimani in March of 2017 and lost a split decision to Denis Shafikov in December of 2016.
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella said that Commey wants to raise his profile. "We're thrilled that his first defense will be a high-profile fight against tenacious former world champion Ray Beltran," DiBella said to the media, "Richard wants to be a unified champion and a star. On June 28, he has an opportunity to raise his profile worldwide."
Ray Beltran (36-8-1, 22 knockouts)
In his last five fights, Beltran is 4-1. He defeated Hiroki Okada by 9th round knockout in February, lost a unanimous decision to Jose Pedraza in August of last year, won a unanimous decision against Paulus Moses in February of last year, won a majority decision against Bryan Vazquez in August of 2017 and knocked out Jonathan Maicelo in the 2nd round in May of 2017.
Beltran finally won a title when he beat Moses in February of last year, but he couldn’t handle Pedraza in his title defense. Pedraza has since lost that title to Lomanchenko. Beltran did look good last time out in a win against Okada, but he takes on a much better fighter in Commey.
Beltran said he is excited to have Freddie Roach back in his corner. "I'm excited to announce that Freddie Roach is back in my corner after all these years. When I was working with Manny Pacquiao, I saw what Freddie can do, both in camp and in the corner," Beltran said to the media, "I'm grateful to Top Rank and ESPN for having me back. The only thing I want for my birthday (on July 23) is the IBF world title."
Commey is the better fighter, but this is a dangerous fight for him against a good fighter in Beltran. Commey also has to avoid looking ahead, as he really didn’t want to be in this spot. He was looking at a title unification fight against Lomachenko and now he has to deal with a tough fighter in Beltran. Commey has more power, but Beltran has proven throughout his career that he is a very tough fighter to knock down. The odds are going to favor Commey, but they are likely to be too high for me. I think the better choice will be the rounds. Commey has really good power, but as I said before, Beltran has proven to be a tough man to knock out. This has all the looks of a fight that goes the distance, so I will take the rounds to go over the total.
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