Commey’s title defence turns non-title

June 28, 2019

Ray Beltran v Arash Usmanee


Win or lose, Ray Beltran won’t be leaving Temecula with the IBF lightweight belt tomorrow evening.

The 20-year veteran weighed in at 136.8 pounds for his fight with Richard Commey and is thus ineligible to claim Commey’s title.

He also surrenders 20% of his fight purse, 10% to the commission and 10% to the champion.

Both fighters still have a morning weigh-in to deal with ahead of fight night; Commey (28-2, 25 KO) cannot weigh above 145 pounds, while Beltran (36-8-1, 22 KO) cannot exceed 146.8.

This isn’t the first time Beltran has lost to the scale ahead of a major fight. He came in half a pound heavy for what should have been a vacant title bout against Takahiro Ao in 2015.

He wound up failing a drug test after knocking Ao out in two, so it ultimately didn’t matter, but still.

Beltran successfully debuted at 140 in February with a knockout of Hiroki Okada, and according to his manager, that’s where they intend to campaign after this fight.

At 38 years old, the cut isn’t getting any easier.



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