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Top Rank Boxing: ‘Beltran vs. Moses’ Preview



For the past decade, not many fighters have had as interesting career as Mexico’s Reymundo Beltran.

First, distinguishing himself as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner as his peak, Beltran has been through flunked steroid tests, threat of deportation, three title shots, and several bade decisions, including one against Ricky Burns in Scotland in 2013, where he broke Burns jaw and dropped him late, but left with a split decision lost in one of the biggest robberies in recent boxing history.

Now, riding a five-fight winning streak, Beltran (34-7-1, 29 KOs) goes for the WBO lightweight title for the fourth time against former WBA champion Paulus Moses (40-3, 25 KOs) of Namibia, who is 12-1 with 1 NC since losing his title to Ricky Burns in 2012. Beltran is a huge lightweight with a big punch, but he will need to deal with Moses’ sharp movement and jab. But it’s a highly winnable fight and if he wins, he may just get Vasyl Lomachenko. Not to mention his green card. That’s not a joke.

Also, on the card tough welterweights Egidijus Kavaliauskas (18-0, 15 KOs) and David Avanesyan (23-2-1, 11 KOs) battle it out and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KOs) steps up into eight round land for the first time against Juan Tapia (8-1, 3 KOs).