Beltran defeats Moses to capture WBO lightweight title



Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

Not anymore when it comes to ‘Sugar’ Ray Beltran and his pursuit of a world championship.

In a thrilling title fight against a game opponent in Paulus Moses, Beltran shook off the stigma that he was an exciting boxer who could never win the big one.

In three previous attempts at the WBO lightweight championship Beltran scored a draw against Ricky Burns in 2013, lost a unanimous decision to Terence Crawford in 2014, and a suffered a no decision against Takahiro Ao in 2015.

The fourth time proved to be the charm.

Beltran (35-7-1; 21 KOs) used a steady stream of hooks to the body and walked down his foe, even at the expense of eating a steady stream of right hands from Moses (40-4; 25 KOs) that left his left eye a bloody mess.

Moses, 39, was attempting to become the oldest man to claim a lightweight world title, a record which is held by the legendary Juan Manuel Marquez at 37 years old. Instead, it was the 36 year old Beltran who claimed the world title.


It also helped Beltran’s residency case immensely.

As a world champion, Beltran qualifies as an “extraordinary athlete” and can move forward with his case for a permanent residency green card instead of relying on a work visa. His wife and children live legally in Phoenix and it would allow them to be together on a permanent, and legal, basis.


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