Ray Beltran (28-6) will be fighting Ricky Burns (36-2) for the WBO Lightweight championship on Sept. 7.
Beltran, a regular sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao who recently signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, is riding a three fight winning streak. The Mexican finished his 2012 campaign with a 3-1 record, most notably defeating Hank Lundy on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights for the NABF title.
Burns, the current WBO lightweight titleholder, is 8-0 in world title fights and hasn’t lost since 2007. Burns captured the WBO junior lightweight title in 2010, dethroning Rocky Martinez via unanimous decision. After three successful title defenses, he moved up in 2011 to capture the WBO interim lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Michael Katsidis. He was elevated to WBO lightweight champion shortly after that victory and has successfully defended that title three times, the most recent on May 11, with a ninth-round TKO of undefeated Jose Gonzalez.
Burns/Beltran will take place at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland and will be televised on WealthTV. Matchroom Boxing/Eddie Hearn will be promoting the fight.
I caught up with Beltran to talk about the biggest fight of his career.