Nugaev Ready To Replace Beltran Against Juan Diaz

By Ryan Burton

Earlier today reported that lightweight contender Ray Beltran had declined an opportunity to face former lightweight champion Juan Diaz in a bout that would have been televised on HBO as the chief support to the Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa main event.

Two days ago Diaz advised that he had agreed to the fight and a deal appeared to be imminent until earlier today when Diaz revealed that Beltran had decided not to accept the fight.  Multiple sources had advised that Beltran felt 7 weeks wasn't enough time to properly prepare for the fight and a couple of hours ago his manager Steven Feder stated that Beltran no longer wanted his services.  Beltran is now working with another manager who apparently wants to take his career in a different direction.

Yesterday promoter Gary Shaw reached out to and said that his fighter, Rustam Nugaev, would love to face either fighter and felt that his fighter would put on as good or a better performance than Diaz or Beltran.

After hearing that Beltran had declined the fight, Shaw wanted to reiterate that his fighter would be available to face Diaz on June 28th.

"Rustam would love to face Diaz.  He has a great respect for the former champion and he doesn't have a problem being ready on June 28th," Shaw told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by US Dirk Killer on 05-08-2014

Hell of an exciting fight.... book it. If you don't like it, you're crazy

Comment by Corelone on 05-08-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;14531062]That would be a very dangerous fight for diaz, not sure he would win but it would be a great fight. Too bad beltran didnt take the oppurtunity.[/QUOTE] It doesn't make sense, unless Beltran is blowing up between fights. Turning…

Comment by SeekDaGreat on 05-08-2014

Beltran got shook doe.

Comment by LouIE G on 05-08-2014

That would be a very dangerous fight for diaz, not sure he would win but it would be a great fight. Too bad beltran didnt take the oppurtunity.

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