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Team Beltran: Burns Did Not Earn Crawford Bout at MSG

Raymundo Beltran was robbed of the WBO lightweight title against Ricky Burns, according to the Mexican fighter's manager Steve Feder following the controversial draw at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The champion showed the heart of a lion after suffering a broken jaw in the second round which promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed required surgery on Sunday.

However, it looked to most in the arena that the challenger, who had Burns on the floor in the eighth round, had clearly won the fight but one judge gave the Scot the verdict by 115-112, another gave it to Beltran by 115-113 with the third judge scoring it 114-114.

At the post-fight press conference, with the sense of shock still heavy in the air, Feder, calmly and eloquently, claimed that boxing in general had been the loser and expressed fears for the sport's credibility.

"He was robbed, of course," said Feder.

"Ultimately it is a sad day for the sport.

"It is not the only day like that the sport has had. When you say he was robbed that makes it about us and last night was about boxing and boxing was robbed.

"I don't blame Eddie or anyone at Matchroom.

"They were embarrassed. I think they're gentlemen and they're here because they love the sport but if I read them right, they're embarrassed.

"I don't think it sits well with them. Most importantly, Ricky didn't want to put that belt (on). What does that say to you?

"It says that this guy is a real champion and he doesn't want to be given anything.

"This country should be incredibly proud of Ricky: this isn't about him. Ricky didn't rob us.

"People say why are we losing fans? Why is the MMA and UFC (mixed martial arts) taking over in the (United) States? Why do people get turned off by this sport? Last night was the reason.

"You can't bring in new fans if they feel that there is some corruption going on.

"I'm not talking about money or moving things around. Corruption: look it up.

"We're corrupting a beautiful sport.

"When it's done right it is beautiful but last night tarnished it."

Feder continued at a measured pace with his summation, saying: "At the end of the day, Ricky is still the champion.

"I can tell my kid that he is the true champion but Ricky is probably going to walk into Madison Square Garden and fight (Miguel) Vasquez or (Terence) Crawford.

"Did he earn the right to do that? No, he didn't.

"You could have written about Ray for a year. Now, by next week, no-one will give a damn. That's what's so sad.

"I don't think Ray will be bitter about this but, unfortunately, I don't think he'll want to come back to the UK."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -PBP- on 09-09-2013

[QUOTE=daggum;13724237]everybody looks good against crap opposition. alfonso gomez vs gatti, that esquivias guy vs marquez, berto's career before he started losing every fight[/QUOTE] Those weren't prospects. Your comparing veteran fighters to 21 fight prospects which makes no sense. Some prospects…

Comment by Tay Roc on 09-09-2013

If Max Kellerman says he's good, then he's probably right. Maxy ain't neva lied!!

Comment by r__mutt on 09-09-2013

[QUOTE=TGD;13722526]Crawford is the perfect example of a hype job. Who the **** is he? He has beaten a shot to **** Prescott, and that's about it.[/QUOTE] Who the hell besides Kellerman is really hyping him up? Most NSBers agreed he…

Comment by solo20 on 09-09-2013

[QUOTE=Jc8804;13724086]Crawford is the best , and only vasquez can challenge him, and abril as well. No one else At 135[/QUOTE] pretty much what this guy said

Comment by HeroBando on 09-09-2013

[QUOTE=daggum;13724181]crawford gets 1 decent win against prescott and he instantly turned into andre berto. wtf happened?[/QUOTE] If he was Berto, he'd be making 1m for some bum Burns beat. Instead he fights the winner of Burns Beltran for a fraction…

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