Commey KO’s Beltrán in 8th-round at Pechanga Resort & Casino

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Richard Commey knocked out Raymundo Beltrán in bout at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on Friday night. Commey won in the eighth round after referee Edward Hernandez Sr. Stopped the fight.

The judges had Commey winning in the bout before the knockout. According to BoxRec, Commey led 70-60, 69-61, and 69-61.

Boxer Richard Comment punches Ray Beltrán during their fight at the Pechanga Resort Casino in California
Richard Comment punches Ray Beltrán during their fight at the Pechanga Resort Casino in California (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

“Beltran showed why he was a champion. He’s a great fighter who showed it against me tonight,” Commey said. “I was happy to get the job done and defend my title for the first time.

“It looks like Teofimo Lopez is next, but he has a job to do first.”

With the win, Commey retained his International Boxing Federation World Lightweight title.

The Bronx, New York native — who is originally from Accra, Ghana — improved to 29-2 in his boxing career. This is Commey’s 26th career knockout in his career.

In fact, this is Commey’s fourth straight knockout. His previous three knockouts were technical knockouts.

He has won his last five fights, including a unanimous decision win over Hedi Slimani on March 11, 2017.

Beltrán fell to 36-9-1 in his boxing career. The Avondale, Arizona native — who is initially from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico — suffered his second loss in his third bout.

He also lost to José Pedraza in a fight on August 25, 2018 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. He then defeated Hiroki Okada by knockout in February.

With the loss, Beltrán fell to 1-3-1 in title bouts. The no decision came against Takahiro Ao in May 2015 for the vacant World Boxing Organisation World Lightweight title.

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