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).
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