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Photos: Ray Beltran Putting in Work For Jose Pedraza

Ray Beltran scratched and clawed and spent nearly 19 years as a pro boxer before earning his first world title. He outpointed Paulus Moses on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nevada, to win the vacant WBO lightweight title, a lifelong dream finally fulfilled. A native of Los Mochis, Mexico, Beltran is now a proud resident of Phoenix, a short drive from where he will make his first title defense. (photos by Chas Wright).

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Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) will defend his title against former 130-pound world champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza as the headliner of an ESPN-televised card, Aug. 25 at the Gila River Area in Glendale, Arizona.

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Beltran returned home Saturday for a full slate of media activities, including an open workout at Gent's Boxing Club in Glendale and as a guest broadcaster for the second inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks Alumni Game.

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This is what he had to say.

On his future: "Hopefully, we have another big fight coming up against {Vasiliy} Lomachenko. I'm pretty happy when I fight the best. I've had no easy fights in my boxing career. We made our own way. We made our own name. We got a contract with Top Rank after 20-something fights. Nobody created our record. I have a lot of knockouts, but I have more power than it looks like on {my record}. All the losses that I have, four or five were robberies. I'm ready. Right now, I'm focused on Pedraza, but we dream big." 

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On fighting for Phoenix and Mexico: "I feel like my heart is in half. I feel like a Phoenix fighter, but I'm also a Mexican fighter from my hometown. I can't believe what I've come from. I come from nothing. I come from a place where nobody is supposed to make it. I think it's important that the people where I came from know about it, so they get the message — whatever you want to do in life, if you work hard, you can make a change."

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On his opponent: "Pedraza is a former world champion. I believe he's going to bring some heat. He's going to come and fight hard to take the belt away from me. He bobs and moves around the ring a lot. He's got good footwork, but we've been working at Wild Card with all different types of styles."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 08-07-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;19001280]He fights for money. What's the matter with you? You think you're too good because of where you were born?[/QUOTE] Negative. I like Beltran always have. He works hard fights hard and has earned everything. The day he declines his…

Comment by Corelone on 08-06-2018

[QUOTE=BOXING-SCRIBE;19000741]He is not American he could never fight for Phoenix lol[/QUOTE] He fights for money. What's the matter with you? You think you're too good because of where you were born?

Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 08-06-2018

He is not American he could never fight for Phoenix lol

Comment by sammybee on 08-06-2018

War Ray !!!!!

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