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Top Rank Boxing ‘Beltran vs. Moses’ Recap



Immigrants — they get the job done. Even if takes four tries.

On his fourth attempt to win the WBO lightweight title, Mexico’s Reymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) finally got it done, decisioning former WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) over twelve heated rounds. It was an early fight of the year candidate between these two old pros inside of the Sierra Madre Casino Theatre in Reno, and Moses did not make it easy for Beltran, as the 39-year-old Namibian Chief Police Inspector showed up in incredible shape and pushed Beltran to the limit.

Moses was effective especially in the middle rounds and hit Beltran with a number of right hands, even cutting Beltran over his left eye, but Beltran controlled the distance for most of the fight and closed almost every round strong, something boxing judges have long been known to favor.

And when the fight was seemingly getting close going into the last three rounds, Beltran found another gear, dominating much of the last three rounds, his consistent body attack finally slowing Moses down. In the end, the judges gave it to Beltran 117-111 and 116-112. Fightbooth also had it 116-112, but there were several closes rounds throughout.

The win doesn’t just give Beltran has long sought-after world title but may finally get him permanent resident status in the United States, something he has been striving for years. It also may get him something even bigger — a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko.

The co-feature saw Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (19-0,16 KOs) knockout David Avanesyan in the sixth round. The undefeated Lithuanian hurt the Russian with a right hand midway through the sixth and followed up big time, with accumulation forcing Tony Weeks to stop the fight. Also, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs) looked alright in his first eight rounder, shutting out Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs). Stevenson still slaps too much with his shots and accepts clinches too easily, but these are things that should get better as things go on.

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