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 Last update:  2/6/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Beltran: If Burns Doesn't Box, Crawford Will F*** Him Up!
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by David P. Greisman

Justice for Ray Beltran will have to wait. His next opportunity will not.

Beltran came up short in a title shot this past September against lightweight Ricky Burns. Their fight ended as a split draw in a bout that many observers felt shouldíve ended with Beltranís hands raised in the air.

He wonít be getting an immediate rematch, though. Burns, in his first bout back since suffering a broken jaw against Beltran, will face off against his mandatory challenger, Terence Crawford. Burns-Crawford is scheduled to take place March 1 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow and will be broadcast in the United States on AWE (formerly WealthTV).

Beltran, meanwhile, will still be back on a big show. He fights April 12 on the pay-per-view undercard to the rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.

Beltran, 32, is 28-6-1 with 17 KOs. He will face Roman ďRockyĒ Martinez, who is 27-2-2 (16 KOs) and is coming up in weight after getting stopped in eight rounds by Mikey Garcia last November.

Beltran spoke with BoxingScene.com on Feb. 3 about his bout with Martinez, as well as about Burns-Crawford.

BoxingScene.com: Your bout against Roman Martinez will be on the undercard to the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao rematch pay-per-view. How do you feel about fighting on such a big show?

Beltran: ďIím excited, you know. Iím excited to be on a big card. Itís a big opportunity, you know. I canít wait to be on the show.Ē

BoxingScene.com: What do you think about Rocky Martinez?

Beltran: ďI respect Rocky Martinez like I do all my opponents. Heís a former champion, so thereís a danger there. So I train hard for him like I train for all my fights, and Iím excited. I think heís the right style for me, you know?Ē

BoxingScene.com: What did you think of Martinezís loss to Mikey Garcia a few months back?

Beltran: ďI kind of knew, because of styles and timing, that Mikey was going to stop him, and he did. Itís just styles, you know?Ē

BoxingScene.com: What did Martinezís loss to Garcia show you as to where Martinez is as a fighter right now? Do you think that it means that he might be on the decline, or that he needed to leave 130 behind?

Beltran: ďEven before the fight, before he fought Garcia, I just thought about the styles. I think about the way he fights. Heís a guy with a lot of heart, you know what I mean? I donít see really that much power in him, but he is strong, you know? Youíve got to be strong to be able to fight at that level. Garcia was better. As a consequence, you fight a guy whoís more talented than you, that is whatís going to happen. So itís not about whether he needed to leave 130 pounds or not. It wasnít that he wasnít ready, or this and that. It was just about the talent.Ē

BoxingScene.com: Letís move on to a fight that Iím sure youíre keeping an eye on, and thatís the March 1 bout between Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford. Who do you think wins that bout?

Beltran: ďThe fans.Ē

BoxingScene.com: Beyond them?

Beltran: ďBeyond them, I think it all depends on how Ricky Burns fights. If Ricky boxes, that's the best shot Ricky has to win. Go the distance and get the decision. If Ricky tries to fight, Crawford is going to f*** him up.Ē

BoxingScene.com: I know Burns had said he wanted to fight you in the rematch, but then the WBO ordered he face Crawford for his mandatory defense. How do you feel about not getting the Burns fight next but nevertheless getting a major appearance in April?

Beltran: ďRight now I have a good fight for me on a big show, so it doesnít bother me. As long as Iíve got a good fight on a good show, Iím happy right now. Right now Iím thinking about Rocky Martinez. Iím not thinking about Crawford or Burns or nobody else. Iím focused on Rocky Martinez, and weíll see what happens next.Ē

BoxingScene.com: I know you said youíre only focused on Martinez, but would you rather face Burns in a rematch or face Crawford after this?

Beltran: ďRocky Martinez right now. Thatís it. My mind is on that right now. After that, then Iíll think about it. Honestly, Iím not thinking of waiting for nobody in the lightweight division. I canít focus on anybody else right now. Iím just focused on Rocky Martinez. I got to beat this guy first, and then weíll see what happen next. Iím focused on him. Iím not overlooking him. Every fighter is dangerous in the ring. One punch can change everything. So right now Iím focused on this guy, and I donít care about nobody else right now.Ē

BoxingScene.com: Anything else you want people to know?

Beltran: ďAll I can say is that Iím very motivated. Iím very grateful for my fansí support. I canít wait to be in the ring and put on a good show. Iíll do my best to make the fans proud.Ē

Pick up a copy of Davidís new book, ďFighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,Ē at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide . Send questions/comments via email at fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags: Ricky Burns , Terence Crawford , Raymundo Beltran , Burns-Crawford , Burns vs. Crawford



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comment by ShoulderRoll, on 02-06-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]You still dont know wut your talking about[/QUOTE] I'm obviously more informed on this issue than you. Ariza worked with Memo, it's just a fact.

comment by drenlou, on 02-06-2014
[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll][url]http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/boxings-biggest-problem-needs-bob-arums-help[/url] "Alex told me he has been working with Heredia and he says everything is by the book,Ē Arum told this reporter earlier this week at the media day for Pacquiao at the Wild C...

comment by Bigg Rigg, on 02-06-2014
Crawford is boring to me, I can't with that guy.

comment by ShoulderRoll, on 02-06-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]You dont know wut u r talking about crybaby...he aint talking about conte[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/boxings-biggest-problem-needs-bob-arums-help[/url] "Alex told me he has been working with Heredia and he says everything is by the book,Ē Arum ...

comment by drenlou, on 02-06-2014
[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll]Do you mean the convicted steroid dealer that Alex Ariza has worked under in the past?[/QUOTE] You dont know wut u r talking about crybaby...he aint talking about conte

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