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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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Beltran Tops Rodriguez/Ramirez Cruises Past Martinez

By Marc Livitz at ringside in Austin, TX: Raymundo Beltran defeated Alejandro Rodriguez by way of unanimous decision tonight at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas. The two Mexican fighters battled in a ten round lightweight contest in front of a good sized crowd.


The first round was an odd one, especially for two lightweight fighters from the slug happy Mexican states of Sinaloa and Jalisco. They each threw their fair share of jabs more so in an effort to safely get a feel for the distance between one another. They opened up somewhat in the second. Beltran connected more, while Rodriguez was busier with the jab. The crowd at the Erwin Center was slowly yet audibly growing impatient with the lack of action during round three. Beltran didn’t display much lateral movement, although he utilized his left jab to his advantage. Raymundo had a cut over his left eye to worry about in the fourth. He pawed at it whenever he had the chance. No replays were available to determine the cause, yet it was possible to have occurred when Alejandro grazed the face of his opponent at the end of the third.


Beltran began to go to the body considerably more in the fifth stanza. His shots held more of the proverbial "thud", although Rodriguez would connect with his left jab and follow up right at times. Raymundo was moving in closer and connecting with more meaningful shots as the first half of the scheduled ten rounds concluded. Each fighter showed facial signs of wear and tear in the sixth and the story was much of the same.


Rodriguez held his jabbing glove out and popped it towards Beltran at times, while his Los Mochis foe threw more from the body. Alejandro Rodriguez of Guadalajara retreated a bit in round seven. Beltran was pushing the action and the crowd seemed to appreciate the fight moving more towards the center of the ring. Raymundo’s left eye was holding and Alejandro’s face was swollen.


In the eighth, Beltran continued to push forward and Rodriguez’s jabs held little to no pop to them. He was able to reopen Beltran’s cut in the ninth, although this did nothing to slow him down. Raymundo continued to throw the harder punches. The boxing fans in attendance showed their admiration for the efforts of the pair of combatants as the tenth and final round was underway. Throughout the contest, it was Beltran who used the ring to his benefit, showed considerably more aggression and by far landed the more meaningful shots. The three ringside judges saw the bout as a near walkover for Raymundo Beltran (two cards read 99-91 and the third differed slightly at 97-93), who improved to (28(17)-6). Alejandro Rodriguez’s record dropped to (18(11)-10).


Co-Main Event Report



Jose Ramirez Cruises Past Antonio Martinez


In the evening’s first televised and co-main event, Jose Ramirez earned a unanimous decision victory over Antonio Martinez. Ramirez was taking part in his third professional bout since representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London.

Jose began the bout aggressively and sought to quickly neutralize any weapons his Espanola, NM opponent may have had. The Fresno, California native continued the assault by way of tremendous shots to the body and an effective left hook. Martinez began to counter just a bit in the second, however it was in fact for just a bit. Ramirez continued his shots to the body, which likely was what led Antonio to take a knee and register the fight’s first and only knockdown. Jose used his shoulder to create distance whenever Antonio got too close.

Martinez slowed considerably in the last two rounds of the bout. He seemed to be content with gaining a moral victory by standing in front of the former Olympian who had previously had a perfect win to knockout ratio. Jose Ramirez landed more shots to the head and his New Mexican foe screamed out to the crowd at the end of the third. He just wanted to make it out of the fight and absorb what he could. He held at times and shook away from Ramirez. In the end, it didn’t matter.


Two judges saw the contest equally at 40-35, while the other registered 40-36 (odd for a unanimous call with a knockdown). The 2012 US Olympian maintains his unbeaten record and improved to (3(3)-0) while Antonio Martinez fell to (1(1)-1-2).


Undercard Results

Tramaine Williams UD4 Ricardo Williams

Kenton Sippio-Cook TKO1 John Burns - Super Welterweights

Trevor McCumby TKO1 Jason Smith - Light Heavyweights

Donald Ward TKO2 Zach Kelley - Super Welterweights


April 27, 2013

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