This Saturday afternoon Ray Beltran, (28-6, 17 KO’s), WBO lightweight champ Ricky Burns for his title at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
To say Beltran earned this opportunity is an understatement as the native of Phoenix, Arizona via Los Mochis, Mexico has had to fight his way to this opportunity.
Beltran turned pro in 1999 took some losses early in his career but he was determined to realize his dream of becoming a world champion.
Beltran who lost a controversial decision to Sharif Bogere and a close loss to undefeated Luis Ramos Jr. before a magical three fight run where he defeated Number-one ranked contender Henry Lundy, former world title challenger Ji-Hoon Kim and Alejandro Rodriguez that catapulted him into this opportunity.
Beltran has been a fixture at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and is more than satisfied with his preparation for the bout and is very philosophical about the road taken to get to this title chance.
“Training camp was good. I think everything happens for a reason. I think by the way my career has been has made me a better fighter.””, said Beltran.
“I am mentally prepared to bring this to another level.”
It was the win over television favorite, Lundy that made Beltran realize that he was a player in the 135 pound division.
“That win was the beginning of something good and it was the win over Ji-Hoon Kim that made this fight possible.”
Standing in front of him will be Burns (35-2, 11 KO’s) who is a two-division world champion who has won twenty-one straight fights and has not lost in over six and a half years.
“Burns has a lot of heart. He is a good champion and I respect him a lot. I appreciate the opportunity but it is my time”
The fight will take place at the Scottish Exhibition Center in Burns’ home country of Scotland. Beltran, who has been an underdog many times in the past, relishes the opportunity of being a road warrior.
“I am excited to fight in Scotland. I know that crowd will be against me but that motivates me a lot.”
September 3, 2013