Ricky Burns Vs Raymundo Beltran – 7th September 2013

Scottish Exhibition Centre, Scotland.

WBO Lightweight Title.

2 time world champion Ricky Burn’s makes his third title defence of his WBO lightweight belt against the tough and improved Mexican Raymundo Beltran.

Beltran has been in the pro game for heading on 15 years, he has always been a game opponent but as early as his 3rd  professional fight he suffered defeat and expectations of world titles were modest, however after years of dedication and sparring with the best in the business such as Manny Pacquiao he seems to be peaking late.

Burn’s is another fighter that has exceeded expectation over the course of his career, between 2006-2007 he suffered defeats to both Alex Arthur and Carl Johanneson and it was felt he would not cut the mustard at world level, but to his credit he dusted himself down and has put together 21 straight wins and 2 world titles.

I see this as a potential humdinger of a fight and the way the styles will clash could see these chest to chest at times in this fight and i expect an entertaining fight with both fighters chin’s and resilience tested in a gruelling contest.

Both can take shots and while Burn’s record would indicate he is a light puncher, i think he has rectified that a little in recent times and appears to generate more power in his shots now, specifically his left hook which dismantled highly regarded Kevin Mitchell in September 2012.

However Burns did have a mighty struggle with classy Jose Gonzalez in his last fight, Gonzalez was out boxing Burns round after round before retiring in the 10th citing a broken wrist after appearing to fade badly in the fight.

I see this as a close fight and Beltran’s 4/1 status appeals to me somewhat given that opinion, i see Beltran as a guy who can take Burns down to the wire and cause him more than enough problems. 

Obviously being in Scotland there is always the chance Beltran may not get a fair shake however Gonzalez was getting a fair shake by the judges before quitting on his stool and with the WBO on the line i don’t see why Beltran cannot get a fair shake if he turns up and delivers the goods.

However time after time Burn’s has proved me wrong and surprised, he appears to be the kind of fighter that whatever is thrown at him he is always able to respond and take his performance to another level and i wouldn’t be surprised anymore if he proves me wrong again.

But Beltran at 4/1 is a very good price and i think he will give as good as he gets come fight night and for me 4/1 is a hard pass.

ATR’s Bet – £50 on Beltran 4/1 Pinnacle. 

Pinnacle Sports Boxing odds