SAN DIEGO (September 7, 2013)– Ricky Burns was fortunate to keep his WBO lightweight championship with a twelve round split draw with Raymundo Beltran at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland
The fight was televised LIVE in the United States on AWE (formerly Wealth TV) and www.awetv.com
Burns controlled the first round as he jabbed and worked the body. Beltran started landing some hard shots with the left hook and began to find his rhythm in rounds two and three. In round four, Beltran rocked Burns with a perfect left hook. Beltran continued to press Burns against the ropes where Burns started to look uncomfortable.
The fight changed in round eight when Beltran dropped Burns with a crushing left hook. Beltran continued to back up Burns and work him on the ropes. Burns recovered in spots in rounds eight through ten but he had a look of frustration on his face as he could not keep Beltran off of him. The two fought it out with championship courage down the stretch with Burns being slightly more active but from the looks of the battle, it was not enough to overcome the lead that Beltran built up.
According to the judges, Burns was able to back his way into the draw as U.S. judge Carlos Ortiz gave him the win via 115-112; Andre Van Grootenbruel of Belgium had 115-113 for Beltran while British judge Richie Davies scored it even at 114-114.
Burns, 134.3 lbs of Scotland, fwho ought with a severely injured jaw from round two on, is now 36-2-1 while Beltran, 134.8 lbs of North Hollywood, CA via Los Mochis, MX is now 28-6-1.
“First and foremost it was an excellent fight,” said AWE CEO Charles Herring.
“The one silver lining out of all this is that fans were able to witness this controversial decision on AWE where in past years, fights like this flew under the radar. But Ray Beltran won the fight and he and the fans around the world deserve a rematch.”