- Commey vs Beltran goes down Friday, June 28th at 10:00 p.m. ET
- Can Commey retain his IBF World Lightweight Belt with a highlight reel victory?
- Will the durable veteran Beltran once again become a world champion?
Commey vs Beltran is scheduled for Friday, June 28th at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The bout is the main event of a Top Rank card that features multiple title fights.
Commey is looking to make the first defense of his IBF World Lightweight Championship. Beltran collected some continental hardware in his last outing and is looking to add more gold to the collection. The winner could also secure themselves a future spot opposite pound-for-pound dynamo Vasiliy Lomachenko. Check out my bout breakdown and prediction below.
Richard Commey vs Raymundo Beltran Odds
*Odds taken 06/27/19
Commey vs Beltran is a bit of a stylistic clash. Commey has a heavy handed, punishing sort of style but maybe doesn’t have the craftiest, most nimble footwork. Beltran can certainly maneuver around a ring and will have to keep range while dictating the pace of the bout with his jab.
Beltran has shown himself to be a capable, effective counter puncher in the past and will have to utilize that to have success against Commey.
Beltran has shown himself to be a capable, effective counter puncher in the past and will have to utilize that to have success against Commey. The question is will the aging Beltran be able to maintain that sort of sustained effort over 12 rounds against the younger, rising pugilist?
Beltran is a 20 year pro, has held the WBO World Lightweight title, and has been a regular sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao over the years, but I think Commey has more long term potential.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) June 24, 2019
Commey vs Beltran is a crossroads fight between crafty veteran and surging champion looking to carve out a legacy. Some pundits are saying that this could be the last stand for the 38-year-old Beltran. Commey has an 80% KO rate, which is compelling against an opponent who has only been stopped twice in 45 pro fights.
Commey vs Beltran Tale of the Tape
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Commey has been linked in the past to Vasiliy Lomachenko, and that fight could still manifest itself into reality with a strong win here. Beltran also missed the boat on getting that Lomachenko belt when he lost to Jose Pedraza who went on to fight Loma shortly thereafter. This bout has high stakes, not just for the future of the Lightweight hierarchy but also in a pound-for-pound context.
There’s a lot on the line here as both look to secure a favorable position in the 135 lb rankings. I can see Beltran showing off some of that aforementioned durability but I think Commey eventually gets him. The KO rate is undeniable and I think the IBF Champion separates Beltran from consciousness in the later rounds of the title fight. Your winner and still IBF World Lightweight Champion, Richard Commey.
Pick: Richard Commey (-1100)