Ray Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs), fought to a controversial split draw against Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KOs) yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland for the WBO lightweight title. It was the eighth title defense for Burns.
Even the fans attending the fight were surprised when the decision was announced. Two of the three judges had it clearly scored wrong causing the final outcome to be a split draw. To say Beltran was robbed is an under statement, it's bad for boxing when decisions like this happen.
The judges, Carlos Ortiz scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Burns, Richard Davies had it a draw 114-114, and Andre Van Grootenbruel had it scored 115-113 for Beltran.
Not to take away from Burns, he is clearly a ring warrior, but he was simply out boxed by the more aggressive Beltran for at least eight rounds.
The tone of the fight was defined in the second round, as Beltran would land a devastating shot to the chin of Burns. After the fight, Burns would say the blow dislocated his jaw.
An eager Beltran, continued landing well placed punches to the body and head of Burns, but the crafty fighter who's ring alias is the "Rickster" would not give up. The action would continue when in round eight, Burns threw a wide hook only to be caught by a counter hard left thrown by Beltran. The shot sent Burns down to the canvas for a count, a count Burns would survive.
The tough Burns would continue to fight, hanging on to Beltran every time Beltran would land a shot to the body. Clearly hurt and in pain, Burns would land some shots on Beltran, but they had little effect on what Bob Arum of Top Rank calls, a Mexican buzz saw.
For Beltran, decisions like this are no surprise, he has had them before. In reality, Beltran was denied the WBO lightweight title, fans in attendance knew it, fans worldwide knew it. Even Ricky Burns knows he lost this fight, he did the right thing in offering Beltran a rematch. Managed by Steven Feder, Beltran has all but reinvented himself as a fighter since under the direction of Feder. A carefully laid out plan prepared by Feder has brought a once no-name Beltran to the brink of a world title.