Raymundo Beltran is so confident of ripping away Ricky Burns’ WBO lightweight title in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday that he has put his hand in his pocket to pay for extra plane tickets and accommodation for part of his entourage to attend the fight.
Under normal circumstances, the promoter will only supply flight tickets and accommodation for four people at the most including the fighter but according to the show’spromoter of the event, Eddie Hearn, Beltran has dug deep to bring six other people over.
"The size of that additional outlay tells me that Beltran has come expecting to win," Hearn told Heraldscotland.com. "So, outside a unification fight, this is as hard as it can get for Ricky who has had the toughest run of any world champion. We could have looked for an easier opponent, but Ricky’s followers are so loyal we didn’t want to short change them and Sky wouldn’t have stood for that either.
"So, Ricky has to fight the best and from where Beltran comes from they are tough, tough people. They’ve all got a sad story to tell, some sadder than others, and Beltran is no exception. He’s hungry and he is also coming off two very good wins. Don’t read too much into the fact that he’s lost six times, because some of those defeats were questionable.
"He has sparred thousands of rounds with Manny Pacquiao and he wouldn’t have lasted in that camp unless he can look after himself. So, Beltran is vastly experienced and he won’t be at all fazed about fighting in Ricky’s backyard. We won’t see a quitter in him, a [Jose] Gonzalez, because Beltran would never call it a day while he is still standing."
September 6, 2013